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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Laural Merlingto Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Ann Rule’s Crime Files Series Release Date:
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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 novella-length investigations.

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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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie Harris | 2/14/2014

    " Another page turner from Anne Rule that I couldn't put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl Turoczy hart | 1/26/2014

    " A bit of a hodge podge of true crime stories that the author obviously had become interested in but most of which were never really fleshed out. A little disappointing from an author I have enjoyed in the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane Darby-Day | 1/23/2014

    " Ann Rule is one of my favorite authors of true crime. She investigates the relationship of the deceased to their family, friends, etc. more psychology and forensics but not gory. I don't usually like short stories but Ann Rule is an exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cara Ellison | 1/22/2014

    " Scary, intimate, and lurid. "

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