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Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 1988
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I graduated in Creative Writing from the U of Washington, with minors in criminology and psychology. I also have an AA degree in law enforcement, taking classes in crime scene investigation, arrest, search and seizure, crime scene photography and forensic science. I've lectured in seminars all across America to detectives, prosecutors, and even at the FBI Academy. My subjects have been serial murder, high profile offenders, and women who kill. I write two books every year--one hardcover single-case book, and one Ann Rule's True Crime Files original paperback. Although people tend to think I write only about the Northwest, I go wherever the cases are most interesting. I've written about murder cases in Florida, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Texas, Hawaii, and California, too.
I raised five children on my own--starting out with articles for baby care magazines, Sunday features, true confessions, and then "slicks" like Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. Now, my children are grown.
I like to keep in very close touch with my readers, and I'm able to do that with a weblog and a guestbook on my website pages at www.annrules.com This also gives readers a chance to talk with each other, and its' a pretty lively spot--as I'm sure this page will be.
To choose a book subject, I weed through about 3,000 suggestions from readers. I'm looking for an "anti-hero" whose eventual arrest shocks those who knew him (or her): attractive, brilliant, charming, popular, wealthy, talented, and much admired in their communities--but really hiding behind masks.
I'm a reader myself, and I always have several books going at once--one upstairs, downstairs, near the bathtub, in my car, and beside my hammock (in the summer, of course!)
Top Customer Reviews
Diane Downs shot all three of her children in the car and then dawdled along on the way to the hospital, giving the children time to die. Her little girl Cheryl died at almost once, "death so close behind her it could whisper in her ear" while Christie and Danny were heroically saved by the medical personnel at the hospital emergency ward, but both children were severely handicapped. Christie was so traumatized she sustained a stroke even though she was only 8 years old. She hovered "as tentatively as a butterfly's wings" at death's door before the team of frantically working doctors brought her back from the abyss. Little Danny at only three years old was shot in the spine and will be paralyzed for life from the waist down, but the heroic efforts of the doctors saved his life.
Diane concocted a story of a bushy haired man who suddenly appeared in the street ahead of her car and demanded the car, then shot all three children, a tale that did not convince the police assigned to her case.Read more ›
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So very written in so much detail of what seems to be every aspect of the story of this crime and it's characters.Published 2 days ago by Ann Brennan
One of Ann's more insightful reads. Diane Downs, a psychopath delivered on a silver platter to the world thanks to the dimwit Willadene and the pedophile Wes.Published 12 days ago by Chipintucson
Ann Rule is my all time favorite author. I was so excited to get this book on my kindle at such a great price! Re-reading now!!!Published 12 days ago by books4ever
Definitely a page turner I finished it in two days. I love Anne Rule books her writing style always keeps it interesting.Published 15 days ago by edgar aleman
I read this true crime novel when it first came out, many, many years ago, and it is, without question, the best true novel I've ever read. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Donna Repsher
I remember when this story happened. Everyone held their kids a little tighter thinking there was a boogy man loose. What really happened was much, much worse. Read morePublished 20 days ago by ASConner