Dead by Sunset Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Dead by Sunset


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2000-02-15
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743202770

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Dead by Sunset Excerpt :

The author of eight New York Times bestsellers, Ann Rule first won nationwide acclaim with The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. Her Crime Files volumes, based on fascinating case histories, have assured her reputation as our premier chronicler of crime. Now the former Seattle policewoman brings us the horrific account of a charismatic man adored by beautiful and brilliant women who always gave him what he wanted...sex, money, their very lives.... When attorney Cheryl Keeton's brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van in the fast lane of an Oregon freeway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was the likely suspect. But there was no solid evidence linking him to the crime. He married again, for the fifth time, and his stunning new wife, a physician named Sara, adopted his three sons. They all settled down to family life on a luxurious estate. But gradually, their marriage became a nightmare.... In this gripping account of Cheryl's murder, Ann Rule takes us from Brad's troubled boyhood to one of the most bizarre trials in legal history, uncovering multiple marriages, financial manipulations, infidelities, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge along the way. Dead By Sunset is Ann Rule at her riveting best.

If You Really Loved Me Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

If You Really Loved Me


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1992-04-01
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9780671769208

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If You Really Loved Me Excerpt :

Documents the bizarre true story of a millionaire who manipulated his fourteen-year-old daughter into murdering his wife so he could collect insurance and marry his teenage sister-in-law

Too Late to Say Goodbye Book
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

Too Late to Say Goodbye


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847396068

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Too Late to Say Goodbye Excerpt :

Written within a cloistered environment to protect sources that have yet to be identified, TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE is a chilling portrait of two beautiful, successful women whose murders were made to look like suicides. Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two little boys, a posh home in the suburbs of Atlanta, and a husband - Dr Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was handsome and brilliant. Then, in December 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, apparently by suicide. Only later would detectives learn that another woman in Dr Corbin's past had been found years earlier with nearly the exact same wound to the head, also ruled a suicide. In TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE, Ann Rule - working in cooperation with victims' families, police investigators, and sources from Georgia to Australia - unravels the now-sensational deaths. What emerges is an incredible tale of jealous rage; of stunning evidence that runs from the steamy to the macabre; and of a fateful, mind-boggling coincidence that appears to have motivated the killings. The definitive unravelling of one of the strangest murder investigations of our time, this is the greatest achievement of a truly great writing career.

Every Breath You Take Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Every Breath You Take


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-01-14
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743229272

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Every Breath You Take Excerpt :

America’s #1 true-crime writer fulfills a murder victim’s desperate plea with this shattering New York Times bestseller. “If anything ever happens to me…find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story.” In perhaps the first true-crime book written at the victim's request, Ann Rule untangles a web of lies and brutality that culminated in the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush—a woman Rule never met, but whose shocking story she now chronicles with compassion, exacting detail, and unvarnished candor. Although happily ensconced in a loving second marriage, and a new family of quadruplets, Sheila never truly escaped the vicious enslavement of her ex-husband, multi-millionaire Allen Blackthorne, a handsome charmer— and a violent, controlling sociopath who subjected Sheila to unthinkable abuse in their marriage, and terrorized her for a decade after their divorce. When Sheila was slain in her home, in the presence of her four toddlers, authorities raced to link the crime to Blackthorne, the man who vowed to monitor Sheila's every move in his obsessive quest for power and revenge.

Bitter Harvest Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Bitter Harvest


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2000-02-15
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743202787

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Bitter Harvest Excerpt :

This New York Times bestseller and shocking “tour de force from America’s best true crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews)—which formed the basis for the Lifetime movie event A House on Fire—follows a woman whose seemingly perfect life hides a destructive madness. In this harrowing New York Times bestseller, Ann Rule is at her masterful best as she winnows horrific truths from the ashes of what seemed like paradise in Prairie Village, Kansas. Rule probes the case of Debora Green, a doctor and a loving mother who seemed to epitomize the dreams of the American heartland. A small-town girl with a genius IQ, she achieved an enviable life: her own medical practice, a handsome physician husband, three perfect children, and an opulent home in an exclusive Kansas City suburb. But when a raging fire destroyed that home and took two lives, the trail of clues led investigators to a stunning conclusion. Piece by piece, Ann Rule digs beneath this placid Midwestern facade to unveil a disturbing portrait of strangely troubled marriages, infidelity, desperation, suicide, and escalating acts of revenge that forever changed dozens of lives.

The Sunset Limited Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Sunset Limited


  • Author : Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307498120

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The Sunset Limited Excerpt :

From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Road—a startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made. In that small apartment, “Black” and “White,” as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the men–though he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it. Their aim is no less than this: to discover the meaning of life. Deft, spare, and full of artful tension, The Sunset Limited is a beautifully crafted, consistently thought-provoking, and deceptively intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time.

Possession Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Possession


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1997-08-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780671527884

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Possession Excerpt :

Joanne Lindstrom's camping trip to Washington's Cascade mountains goes terribly awry, leaving her husband dead and Joanne's only hope for survival in the hands of a twisted stranger. Reprint.

The I 5 Killer Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The I 5 Killer


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1984-03-01
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101667477

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The I 5 Killer Excerpt :

The terrifying true crime story of the I-5 serial killer from Ann Rule, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Beside Me. Randall Woodfield had it all. He was an award-winning student and star athlete. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers to play in the NFL, and chosen by Playgirl as a centerfold candidate. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had his pick of willing sexual prospects. But Randall Woodfield wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California, Oregon, and Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of his victims grew to a total of at least 44, the police faced the awesome challenge of catching and convicting a suspect who seemed too handsome and appealing to have committed such ugly crimes—crimes that filled every woman within his striking range with feat and horror....

Sunrise at Sunset Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Sunrise at Sunset


  • Author : Jaz Primo
  • Publisher : Rutherford Literary Group
  • Release Date : 2010-09-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 430
  • ISBN 10 : 9780982861301

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Sunrise at Sunset Excerpt :

"We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities."My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature's most dangerous predator. On occasion, it's a very helpful quality. It helped me protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope. He has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see. I'm feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she's trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I'll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I'll make her regret the day she was born. So, I suppose that I'm not just a vampire. I'm about to become someone's worst nightmare.

Sailing at Sunset Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Sailing at Sunset


  • Author : Cindi Madsen
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-07-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781947892767

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Sailing at Sunset Excerpt :

She can handle anything in her job. Even a week on a boat with a handsome but annoying sailor. Josh tells himself he’s the luckiest guy in the world. Living on his sailboat and taking tourists on occasional chartered trips, he’s not tied down to routines and responsibilities. He even named his sailboat Solitude, because that’s what he enjoys much of the time. Danae works at a boat company, and she just got promoted—sort of. To keep her dream job, she must get her opinionated coworkers to all agree on a marketing plan. Her boss directs her to set up a week-long sailing tour with them as a work trip and a bonding experience. At first, Danae isn’t completely on board with Josh’s laid-back approach to the excursion. But during visits to quaint New England towns and seafaring adventures, she and Josh start to see one another’s true colors…and Josh begins to question his solitary life. This feel-good romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Crunchy Salmon Cakes.

Sunset and Sawdust Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Sunset and Sawdust


  • Author : Joe R. Lansdale
  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307428028

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Sunset and Sawdust Excerpt :

In the middle of a cyclone, beautiful, red-haired Sunset Jones shoots her husband Pete dead when he tries to beat and rape her. To Camp Rapture’s general consternation, Sunset’s mother-in-law arranges for her to take over from Pete as town constable. As if that weren’t hard enough to swallow in depression era east Texas, Sunset actually takes the job seriously, and her investigation into a brutal double murder pulls her into a maelstrom of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice. It is a case that will require a well of inner strength she never knew she had. Spirited and electrifying, Sunset and Sawdust is a mystery and a tale like nothing you’ve read before.

Without Pity Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Without Pity


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2003-12-01
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743480284

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Without Pity Excerpt :

THEY KILL WITHOUT CONSCIENCE. ANN RULE PORTRAYS THEIR SHATTERING CRIMES WITHOUT PITY. In eight stunning Case Files volumes, from A Rose for Her Grave to the #1 blockbuster Last Dance, Last Chance, Ann Rule reigns as "America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews). Now, she updates the most astonishing cases from that acclaimed series -- and presents shocking, all-new true-crime accounts -- in one riveting anthology. In every explosive chapter of Without Pity, Ann Rule deepens her unrelenting exploration of the evil that lies behind the perfect facades of heartless killers...and the deadly compulsions of greed and power that shatter their outward trappings of material success. They are the admired, trusted neighbor; the affable family man; the sexy, charismatic lover; the high-achieving professional. Perhaps most frightening of all is that they are heroes in their own minds. But when someone gets in the way of their deluded dreams, they are capable of deadly acts of violence with no remorse. Analyzing the true nature of the sociopathic mind in chilling detail, Ann Rule traces the murderous crimes of seemingly ordinary men -- killers who drew their unsuspecting victims into their twisted worlds with devastating consequences.

Sunset Swing Book

Sunset Swing


  • Author : Ray Celestin
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2021-11-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781509838998

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Sunset Swing Excerpt :

'Here ends one of the finest achievements of recent crime fiction' - Sunday Telegraph 'Outstanding' - The Times Los Angeles. Christmas, 1967. A devil is loose in the City of Angels . . . A young nurse, Kerry Gaudet, travels to the City of Angels desperate to find her missing brother, fearing that something terrible has happened to him: a serial killer is terrorising the city, picking victims at random, and Kerry has precious few leads. Ida Young, recently retired Private Investigator, is dragged into helping the police when a young woman is discovered murdered in her motel room. Ida has never met the victim but her name has been found at the crime scene and the LAPD wants to know why . . . Meanwhile mob fixer Dante Sanfelippo has put his life savings into purchasing a winery in Napa Valley but first he must do one final favour for the Mob before leaving town: find a bail jumper before the bond money falls due, and time is fast running out. Ida’s friend, Louis Armstrong, flies into the city just as her investigations uncover mysterious clues to the killer’s identity. And Dante must tread a dangerous path to pay his dues, a path which will throw him headlong into a terrifying conspiracy and a secret that the conspirators will do anything to protect . . . Completing his American crime quartet, Ray Celestin's Sunset Swing is a stunning novel of conspiracy, murder and madness, an unforgettable portrait of a city on the edge.

The Castle on Sunset Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

The Castle on Sunset


  • Author : Shawn Levy
  • Publisher : Anchor Books
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525435662

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The Castle on Sunset Excerpt :

The definitive--and salacious--history of the iconic hotel that Hollywood stars have called a home away from home for almost a century. Since 1929, Hollywood's brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. Perched above the Sunset Strip like a fairytale castle, the Chateau seems to come from another world entirely. An apartment building-turned-hotel, it has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose; and Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. Much of what's happened inside the Chateau's walls has eluded the public eye--until now. With wit and insight, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths to which the hotel has been a party.

Small Sacrifices Book
Score: 4
From 12 Ratings

Small Sacrifices


  • Author : Ann Rule
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Criminals
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593335178

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Small Sacrifices Excerpt :

The story of an Oregon woman convicted of shooting her three children, killing one, in 1983.