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Smoke, mirrors, and murder : and other true cases

by Rule, Ann.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Nonfiction 364.1523 Rule
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  364.1523 Rule
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Non Fiction 364.15 Rul
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  364.15 Rul
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 364.152 RUL
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  364.152 RUL
Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 364.1523 R
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  364.1523 R
Includes Ann Rule's insider commentary on the Mary Winkler murder case


In some murder cases, the truth behind the most tragic of crimes crystallizes with relative ease. Not so with these fascinating accounts drawn from the personal files of Ann Rule, America's #1 bestselling true-crime writer. What happens when the case itself becomes an intractable puzzle, when clues are shrouded in smoke and mirrors, and when criminals skillfully evade law enforcement in a maddening cat-and-mouse chase? Even the most devoted true-crime reader won't predict the outcome of these truly baffling cases until the conclusions revealed in Ann Rule's marvelously insightful narrative: An ideal family is targeted for death by the least likely enemy, who plotted their demise from behind bars.... A sexual predator hides behind multiple fake identities, eluding police for years while his past victims live in fear that he will hunt them down.... A modest preacher's wife confesses to shooting her husband after an argument -- but there's more to her shattering story than meets the eye. These and other true cases are analyzed with stunning clarity in a page-turning collection you won't be able to put down.
The deputy's wife
The antique dealer's wife
The truck driver's wife
The convict's wife
The chemist's wife
The painter's wife
The minister's wife.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "True crime bestseller Rule looks at marriages gone bad in her latest volume of "crime files." Stories include "The Minister's Wife," about a woman convicted of shooting her husband in 2006, and "The Painter's Wife," an amazing tale of two strangers kidnapped by a hardened criminal. The bulk of the book is taken up by "The Deputy's Wife," the sad tale of a once-promising young police officer, Bill Jensen, who eventually took out a contract on his own family. It's a good yarn, full of horrifying twists and turns, but at 150 pages it gets repetitive. For those not used to it, Rule's fondness for potboiler prose-"Their marriage had spun like a colorful top...Now as it wound down slower and slower, Sue could see the pattern of lies"-can also aggravate. Many of the seven cases here are gruesome but unmemorable, perhaps the inevitable result of Rule's prodigious output. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Series Rule, Ann. Ann Rule's crime files ; vol. 12.
Subjects Murder -- United States -- Case studies.
Publisher New York :Pocket Books,2008
Language English
Description xiv, 464 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
ISBN 9781416541608 (pbk.)
1416541608 (pbk.)
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