- Series: First Love Series
- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Audioworks; Abridged edition (October 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671534084
- ISBN-13: 978-0671534080
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,613,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DEAD BY SUNSET PERFECT HUSBAND PERFECT KILLER? (First Love Series) Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
Ann Rule has been writing true crime for 26 years and before that was a policewoman for the Seattle police department. She has published ten books and altogether has approximately 8 million books in print. She has also published over 1,400 articles in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and the Seattle Times.
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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!!!