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Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder

And Other True Cases



About The Book

#1 New York Times bestselling author and true crime icon Ann Rule explores several crimes filled with mysterious twists and turns in this unputdownable entry in the Ann Rule’s Crime Files series.

Some murder cases reveal the answers quickly and with relative ease. But sometimes, the case is an intractable puzzle, filled with smoke and mirrors. The “country’s premier true crime author” (Library Journal) reveals several such cat-and-mouse cases here.

First, the ideal family is targeted for death by the least likely enemy. In another case, a sexual predator hides behind multiple fake identities, eluding police for years while his past victims live in fear that he will hunt them down. There’s also the true story of a modest preacher’s wife confessing to shooting her husband after an argument but there’s more to her shattering story than meets the eye. These and other true crime tales are analyzed with Ann Rule’s “extraordinary” (The New York Times) compassion and objectivity in this collection.

About The Author

Leslie Rule

Ann Rule wrote thirty-five New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she used her firsthand expertise in all her books. For more than three decades, she was a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lived near Seattle and died in 2015.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Pocket Books (December 26, 2007)
  • Length: 480 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416541608

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