- Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671001132
- ISBN-13: 978-0671001131
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another chilling and creepy book from the reigning queen of true-crime, Ann Rule, who also penned the riveting bestseller Small Sacrifices. Here, we encounter a charismatic con-artist accused of brutally bludgeoning his wife and follow his case through to its strangely redemptive end.
Walter Walker The New York Times Book Review ...fascinating material....Ms. Rule admirably recounts this labyrintine tale....
Publishers Weekly Rule provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait.
Dan Webster The Spokesman-Review (ID) The similarities with the O.J. case are compelling.
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Brad Cunningham would project his own insecurities onto others to excuse his own failures throughout life. Clearly this is a man who never, but never, should ever have married anyone. Whatever women suffered the misfortune to come into his life paid a dear price with one, Cheryl Cunningham, paying with her life. This is a depressing book to say the least but, in the end, Brad finally got his just desserts by being sent to prison where he can't hurt anyone else.
Interesting to read this book with the passage of time since the crime occurred (1986) and the years leading up to the crime. Thankfully we as a society are far more aware of the issue of spousal abuse and the warning signs, as Brad was a classic abusive spouse long before he committed murder, not just to Cheryl but to all the other women who had the misfortune to fall in love with the handsome charmer, especially his first wife Loni Ann. There were no battered women's shelters for Loni Ann to run to when Brad beat her or left her, drunk, in the pitch black inches from a cliff hoping she'd fall to her death. Today, although domestic violence is still far too common, we know the warning signs of an abusive personality and how to get help.
The reason Ann Rule is the best living true-crime writer is how she draws you into the tangled web of the lives of the very real people whose lives were touched by murder, not just the police and courtroom drama. Dead By Sunset is one of her true masterpieces.
I read this book when it was first published and lost it in a basement flood, so I purchased the kindle version to re-read. Very disappointing that the kindle version does not have the photographs that were in the paperback.
The people who perpetrate these crimes are such charming "users" - it is quite overwhelming to read 8 of her books in a row - i am watching neighbors to see if any of them seem psychotic!! Can make you a tad paranoid, but hey, these books are true and we should all be a bit more careful out there.
So I'm a new fan, cannot wait to buy more of her books!!!