It’s a chilling reality that homicide
investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not
that of a stranger, but of someone familiar. Whether only an acquaintance or a
trusted intimate, such killers share a common trait that triggers the downward
spiral toward death for someone close to them: they are masters at hiding who
they really are. Their clever masks let them appear safe, kind, and
truthful. They are anything but, and almost no one can detect the murderous
impulses buried deep in their psyches.
These doomed relationships are the focus of Ann
Rule’s sixteenth all-new Crime Files collection. In these shattering inside
views of both headlined and little-known homicides, Rule speaks for vulnerable
victims who relied on the wrong people. She begins with two startling
In July 2011, a billionaire’s Coronado,
California, mansion was the setting for two horrifying deaths only days apart, his
young son’s plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend’s ghastly hanging. What really
happened? Baffling questions remain unanswered, as these cases were closed
far too soon for hundreds of people; Rule looks at them now through the eyes of
a relentless crime reporter.
The second probe began in Utah when Susan Powell
vanished in a 2009 blizzard. Her controlling husband, Josh, proved capable of a
blind rage that was heartbreakingly fatal to his innocent small sons almost
three years later in a tragedy that shocked America as the details unfolded. If
anyone had detected the depth of depravity within Josh Powell, perhaps the
family that loved and trusted him would have been saved.
In these and seven other riveting cases, Ann
Rule exposes the twisted truth behind the façades of Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors.
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