The dark side of love is no fairy tale, and
while we may like to believe that crimes of the heart only victimize those who
aren’t careful, this page-turning collection of must-read accounts will
convince you otherwise. America’s foremost true crime writer, Ann Rule reveals
how lovers become predators, how sex and lust can push ordinary people to
desperate acts, and how investigators and forensics experts work to unravel the
most entangled crimes of passion.
Extracting behind-the-scenes details, Rule
makes these volatile relationships utterly real, and masterfully re-creates the
ill-fated chains of events in such cases as the ex-Marine and martial arts
master who seduced vulnerable women and then destroyed their lives; the killer
whose calling card was a single bloodred rose; the faithless wife who
manipulated and murdered without conscience; the blind date that set the stage
for a killer’s brutality; and more.
In every case, the victim, young and innocent
or older and experienced, unknowingly trusted a stranger with the sociopathic
skill to hide their dark motives, until it was too late to escape a web of
deadly lies, fatal promises, and homicidal possession.
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