In My Father's Name (2020)

In My Father's Name Mark Arax In My Father s Name On January Mark Arax s childhood came to a sudden explosive end when his father was shot to death at his nightclub in Fresno California It was one of the most sensational murders in Califor
  • Title: In My Father's Name
  • Author: Mark Arax
  • ISBN: 9780671010027
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
In My Father's Name Mark Arax On January 2, 1972, Mark Arax s childhood came to a sudden, explosive end when his father was shot to death at his nightclub in Fresno, California It was one of the most sensational murders in California s heartland, and it was never solved Mark, only fifteen years old at the time, was left with a legacy of questions Were the rumors about his father true Had he led a dOn January 2, 1972, Mark Arax s childhood came to a sudden, explosive end when his father was shot to death at his nightclub in Fresno, California It was one of the most sensational murders in California s heartland, and it was never solved Mark, only fifteen years old at the time, was left with a legacy of questions Were the rumors about his father true Had he led a double life Was he killed because of his dealings with the underworld Mark Arax, an award winning journalist at the Los Angeles Times, now writes a searing, intensely personal account of his twenty two year search for answers about his father s life and death, and his own identity.As the oldest child, Mark was thrust into the role of patriarch His quest for answers began in high school, when he sought out his father s father, an Armenian immigrant His grandfather opened a window into an old country world full of promise and heartbreak and four generations of eccentric family members.Two decades later, Mark uprooted his wife and baby and returned to Fresno under an assumed name to try and determine who killed his father and why Fearing for his own life, he discovers his father was murdered just before he was going to make a startling disclosure.More than a true life murder mystery, than an exploration of family and culture, In My Father s Name is the poignant story of one man s remarkable journey as he uncovers long hidden secrets about his father, his family, his heritage, and the town he once called home.
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  1. Anoush

    This is one of few non fictional books that I thoroughly enjoyed I especially like how Mark Arax broke the book into 3 parts a family, a town, a murder And by doing so, showed the most important aspects of his life with ease It s written with a lot of heart And it was nice and interesting to know how Armenians survived after the genocide And I felt proud Proud that Mark Arax is Armenian like me I swallowed this book, I read it so fast.

  2. Nina

    Mark Arax was 15 when his father was gunned down in the bar he owned Two decades later Arax, an investigative reporter, is determined to uncover the details and secrets surrounding his father s life and death Arax is driven to discover himself through his discovery of the man his father had been The result is a fascinating, comprehensive account of not only his family history, but the history of Fresno California Arax describes the culture, politics, and personalities that enabled the circumstan [...]

  3. Gail Hedlund

    Great read I could not imagine being a young person loosing a parent to a horrible crime Like Mark, it would probably run my life to find the ones responsible I also enjoyed how he gave insight to the Armenian way of life.I don t like to belittle towns cities, but Fresno CA has always been kind of an abyss or a pit Went there once in my teen years swore I d never return Now I know why

  4. Pamela

    I wanted to read this book because it s about Fresno and the Central Valley, as well as about Arax s father s murder and his quest to find the truth about it I found the parts about the Valley s history interesting, but the rest of the book was a bit of a slog.

  5. Oliver Hazan

    A journalist investigates his father s long ago murder and discovers that his father was involved in the Fresno underworld Stunning.

  6. Brad

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book I d intended to read it years ago, but somehow got sidetracked The details regarding Fresno s colorful past are astounding.

  7. Sue

    Very good A whole different perspective of Fresno in the 70 s than what I was aware of growing up Also, gave me a better idea of what it meant to be Armenian in Fresno then.

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