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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,801 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for Chris Northon, an airline pilot, a confirmed bachelor-turned-devoted family man; and Liysa, a loving mother and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few, including Chris, had seen Liysa's other side and no one anticipated the fatal outcome of a family camping trip in an Oregon forest. Liysa soon revealed herself as a victim of domestic abuse that culminated at the campsite, where she shot Chris in self-defense. But crime scene evidence led detectives to wonder if Liysa was a killer, not a victim. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A convincing portrait of a meticulous criminal mind.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Fascinating and strange....The case hangs on the believability of the beautiful and charming widow…The sheer weight of [Ann Rule’s] investigative technique places her at the forefront of true-crime writers.”


  • “Former Seattle police officer and crime author Rule knows a good drama when she finds one: it involves love, betrayal, greed and violence… Rule has done an impressive amount of research to reconstruct the history of Liysa’s crime and the stories of the main people involved, interviewing dozens of police officers, investigators and private citizens across the country.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elyssa | 2/17/2014

    " Psycho wife kills husband claiming self defense from abuse, but her true intentions are revealed in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoy true crime stories, and Ann Rule is one of the best-known writers in this genre. The story takes place in the Pacific Northwest, where a lifeless body is found in a remote riverside campground. Rule begins to reveal a detailed account of this man, and the woman he was married to at the time of his death. Rather than just examine the facts of the death scene, it is important to understand the details of the victim's life, and the life of the accused (and confessed) killer. There are a few parts of the book that are re-told and don't seem to flow as well as it could have, but in all, Rule paints a vivid picture using actual testimony and extensive interviews with many of the people who knew the couple at the center of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katrin | 2/14/2014

    " Tells of a women that lies her way through life and disposes men when they no longer fit her needs. She killed one man and lied about it, but her lies caught up to her and hurt her kids and other families. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jess | 2/7/2014

    " This book was my introduction to true-crime and I was pretty unimpressed. The edition I read was riddled with technical errors and the language was repetitive. I also found the author's claim of an unbiased recitation of the facts to be pretty insulting. There was no question that this story had been sensationalized, which brings me to my biggest complaint: beneath the thin veneer of crime drama, this was an uninteresting domestic murder. "

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