Books by Ann Rule

PRACTICE TO DECEIVE by Ann Rule
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Rule's die-hard fans may be enamored, but other true-crime fans won't find much more than a yawn lurking between these pages."
The reigning true-crime queen dips into the darker side of love and mayhem in her latest microscopic take on homicide. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Exploitative and sad."
Bestselling true-crime specialist Rule (Bitter Harvest, 1998, etc.) certainly has her fans, but here her leering, hyperventilating style is merely distasteful. Read full book review >
BITTER HARVEST by Ann Rule
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Released: Feb. 3, 1998

"Impossible to put down (though a little skimpy on psychiatric details), this is, thanks to the vivid, fascinating portrait of Debora and of the slow unraveling of her homicidal schemes, one of Rule's best. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A tour de force from America's best true-crime writer (Dead by Sunset, 1985, etc). Read full book review >
DEAD BY SUNSET by Ann Rule
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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Not enough forensic detail for the blood-and-fiber crowd, but this is a terrific read and a moving tale that ends with a strange redemption. (32 pages b&w photos, 1 map, not seen) (Author tour)"
Sufficiently creepy stuff from the master of true crime: This book is better-plotted than the murder itself. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Dec. 3, 1992

"A headlong plunge into the depths of a sociopathic mind, told with a master's hand. (Photographs—24 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
Here, as in Small Sacrifices (1987), Rule (If You Really Loved Me, 1991, etc.) re-creates the compelling story of a woman hellbent on gratification and devoid of conscience. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1991

"Second-drawer Rule, but shocking and juicy nonetheless."
Child abuse, adultery, and murder permeate this potentially gripping but overwritten southern California crime story from the best-selling author of Small Sacrifices, The Stranger Beside Me, etc. David Brown was the consummate Eighties entrepreneur: a computer wizard with his own business, plenty of cash, and a home in Orange County's conservative enclave. Read full book review >