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Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Rule

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Rule looks at marriages gone bad in her latest volume of true-crime case files. Stories include "The Minister's Wife," about a woman convicted of shooting her husband in 2006, and "The Painter's Wife," an amazing tale of two strangers kidnapped by a hardened criminal. The bulk of the book is taken up by "The Deputy's Wife," the sad tale of a once-promising young police officer, Bill Jensen, who eventually took out a contract on his own family. It's a good yarn, full of horrifying twists, but at 150 pages can get repetitive. For those not used to it, Rule's fondness for potboiler prose-"Their marriage had spun like a colorful top...Now as it wound down slower and slower, Sue could see the pattern of lies"-can also annoy. Many of the seven cases here are gruesome but unmemorable, perhaps the inevitable result of Rule's prodigious output.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Includes Ann Rule's insider commentary on the Mary Winkler murder case


In some murder cases, the truth behind the most tragic of crimes crystallizes with relative ease. Not so with these fascinating accounts drawn from the personal files of Ann Rule, America's #1 bestselling true-crime writer. What happens when the case itself becomes an intractable puzzle, when clues are shrouded in smoke and mirrors, and when criminals skillfully evade law enforcement in a maddening cat-and-mouse chase? Even the most devoted true-crime reader won't predict the outcome of these truly baffling cases until the conclusions revealed in Ann Rule's marvelously insightful narrative: An ideal family is targeted for death by the least likely enemy, who plotted their demise from behind bars.... 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.... A modest preacher's wife confesses to shooting her husband after an argument -- but there's more to her shattering story than meets the eye. These and other true cases are analyzed with stunning clarity in a page-turning collection you won't be able to put down.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1021 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books (26. Dezember 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000XPNV4O
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #284.512 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen True Crime, New and Old! 13. Februar 2008
Von KDMask - Veröffentlicht auf
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I haven't met an Ann Rule book I didn't like, but they are always too short! This one I read in two days. This book focus' on women in abusive relationships that lead to murder or almost-murder. I really liked the stories that are older cases. With so many true crime shows on TV, it's hard to find something new and fresh. Since this is a "crime file" you have the option of dipping into the book when you'd like, story by story. Ann also has many resources for women in trouble in this volume including websites to visit. Ann always makes the victims come alive in each of her books, honoring them in a way few can.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and Compelling 31. Dezember 2007
Von Heather M. Koppenheffer - Veröffentlicht auf
I highly recommend Smoke, Mirrors and Murder. This book is a powerful and purposeful look at the entanglements of abusive relationships. Ann Rule is keenly attuned and deals clearly with the dauntingly difficult subject of abuse. Not only does Ann give you the red flags to ponder in a relationship she tells you where to get help in this book. The stories are riveting. The Deputy's Wife is an intimate portrait of an individual that abused his wife and family and the fear one feels in this situation. All the stories in this book are noteworthy and fascinatingly insightful. This book is a must read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Sorry, but this book just wasn't good 13. Januar 2008
Von Karol Santiago - Veröffentlicht auf
I am a long-time admirer of Ann Rule's true crime genre. Usually, when I know she has a book coming out, I make sure I don't get into any other reading, book-wise, so I can totally enjoy her latest offering. What has always made her books so interesting, and impossible to put down, are her incredible descriptions of all the players. This is definitely missing this time around. The first story just seemed to go on and on and on, with a lot of it feeling repetitive. I had hoped to get more out of the following stories, but, alas, it was not to be. I didn't find even one of them that really drew me in, and actually was glad when I finished, so that I could go on to another book I've been saving. She has always been the number one true crime writer, but I sure hope the next book is more on par with the quality of her former books. Sincerely, Karol Santiago
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4.0 von 5 Sternen From the Unsolved to the Recently Convicted: A Variety of True Crime 7. Januar 2008
Von Kim Cantrell - Veröffentlicht auf
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In Ann Rules' latest publication SMOKE, MIRRORS AND MURDER readers are given a wide vareity of true crime stories; very much reminiscent of her days of magazine writing.

In this book, readers are given a vareity of stores, from spousal murders to the unsolved murder of Dorothy Jones, whose death remains unsolved (and quite possibly a medical mystery).

It is a very interesting book. I often found myself unable to put it down, so much so that I was able to complete it in less than 48 hours.

I highly recommend this book to true crime fans, or even just mystery genre fans. Especially if you have been following the case of Mary Winkler (a still much debated issue), as Ann Rule provides a detailed account of this case in addition to her own insight of the case.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Queen of True Crime 31. Dezember 2007
Von Jan - Veröffentlicht auf
This book is a "must read" for any reader of true crime, whether you are an Ann Rule fan or not. The stories range from current (Winkler) to cold case (Rockwell) and in each, Ann brings her unique perspective and insight. Ann continues to prove why she is the Queen of True Crime.
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