Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: Ann Rule's Crime Files Volume 16

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and queen of true crime Ann Rule’s sixteenth volume in her True Crime Files series, Deadly Neighbors delves into the unsolved case of a billionaire’s son mysteriously falling off a balcony to his death and more.

In July 2011, billionaire Jonah Shacknai’s Coronado, California, mansion was the setting for two horrifying deaths only days apart—his young son’s plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend’s ghastly hanging. What really happened? ...

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and queen of true crime Ann Rule’s sixteenth volume in her True Crime Files series, Deadly Neighbors delves into the unsolved case of a billionaire’s son mysteriously falling off a balcony to his death and more.

In July 2011, billionaire Jonah Shacknai’s Coronado, California, mansion was the setting for two horrifying deaths only days apart—his young son’s plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend’s ghastly hanging. What really happened? Baffling questions remain unanswered, as these cases were closed far too soon for hundreds of people; Rule looks at them now through the eyes of a relentless crime reporter. The second probe began in Utah when Susan Powell vanished in a 2009 blizzard. Her controlling husband, Josh, proved capable of a blind rage that was heartbreakingly fatal to his innocent small sons almost three years later in a tragedy that shocked America as the details unfolded. If anyone had detected the depth of depravity within Josh Powell, perhaps the family that loved and trusted him would have been saved. In these and seven other riveting cases, Ann Rule exposes the twisted truth behind the façades of Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors.

These doomed relationships are the focus of queen of true crime Ann Rule’s sixteenth all-new Crime Files collection. In these shattering inside views of both headlined and little-known homicides, Rule speaks for vulnerable victims who relied on the wrong people. She begins with two startling novella-length investigations.

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The sixteenth installment of Ann Rule's Crime File series bundles two tantalizing true crime cases in novella-length narratives. The first possesses qualities of a bestselling mystery: A billionaire pharmacist; an elegant Colorado mansion; a sexy, beautiful live-in girlfriend; an inconclusive lie-detector test; and two puzzling deaths; one of them ruled an accident; the other a suicide. The second involves a missing wife, a secretive "person of interest" husband—and a double murder/suicide that seemed to tragically explain it all. In addition to these full-length cases, this mass-market paperback and NOOK Book original covers seven other real-life front-page worthy cases.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451648287
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 78,477
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann  Rule

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

Biography

Ann Rule has always had an insatiable interest in why people do the things they do. From devouring true crime books when she was a girl to pursuing a career in law enforcement as a Seattle policewoman, to achieving blockbuster success as a true crime author, Rule has dedicated her life to uncovering the dark motivations inside the minds of the criminals who live among us.

The majority of Rule's books have hit the New York Times bestseller list, including six Crime Files series volumes: A Rage to Kill, In the Name of Love, the #1 bestseller A Fever in the Heart, You Belong to Me, A Rose for Her Grave, and The End of the Dream.

...And Never Let Her Go is her chilling account of the nationally renowned case of wife killer Thomas Capano; Bitter Harvest covers the case of Debora Green, a physician and mother driven to murder; the #1 bestseller If You Really Loved Me tells the true story of a millionaire's murderous alter ego; Everything She Ever Wanted is the story of a sociopathic Georgia socialite and her fatal attractions; Small Sacrifices is Rule's heartbreaking account of a woman who slaughtered her three young children. Perhaps her best-known and most compelling work, The Stranger Beside Me, is the fascinating tale of Rule's growing terror as she realized her friend and coworker, Ted Bundy, was a serial killer. Finally, the #1 New York Times bestseller Dead by Sunset tells the story of a charismatic killer and the women who loved him.

Generous and civic-minded when it comes to sharing her expertise and insights, Rule has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and often speaks to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Academy. She also served on the U.S. Justice Department task force that set up VI-CAP -- the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program now in use at the FBI to trace and apprehend serial killers.

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Rule's early jobs included being a caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance and a police officer.

Rule's interest in criminology seems to run in the family: Her grandfather and an uncle were sheriffs, another uncle was a medical examiner, and her cousin was a district attorney.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lowell, Michigan
    1. Education:
      Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    After waiting and waiting for Anns new book to come out I was te

    After waiting and waiting for Anns new book to come out I was terribly disappointed in this one- all the rest I would give a 5 star to but not this one. I just think the stories were not covered very well and they all seemed to bore me. I wish there were pictures on the nook tablet like in her books so you can put a face to the people involved.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Great!

    I loved the book. I found it very interesting and could not put it down. The people that have been giving Ann Rule bad reviews need to get over themselves. I almost did not buy this book because of the prior negative comments and I am glad I bought it anyways. I have always loved her books and I cannot wait until the next one comes out!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Ok

    I've read all of Ann's books, and i truly enjoy reading all of her stories, shes the best in the business, but i waited so long for this book and was disappointed. The Susan Powell case was well done, and really all her stories are, but the Shacknai case really shouldnt have been in here, it was interesting but reading about a case that hasn't been solved (really, 2 cases, the son and girlfriend), in a true crime files book is disappointing. In a book where there is only a handful of stories i was disappointed to read an intriguing case with no resolution. I dont know, maybe it's just me. I love her books still though, and i will anxiously await her next.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Ok

    Good book for short stories .... Bn

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Amazing book!  I read it cover to cover the first night!!   

    Amazing book!  I read it cover to cover the first night!!   

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Poor coverage of the Shacknai case. Lots of mistakes.

    Poor coverage of the Shacknai case. Lots of mistakes.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Disappointing.

    I have been and will continue to be an avid fan of Ann Rule, but this is not one of her better works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

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    Eh, I have enjoyed Anne Rules previous books but this one just d

    Eh, I have enjoyed Anne Rules previous books but this one just did nothing for me. There were too many unsolved cases in this book for my taste. Too bad, hopefully her next books will be better! C-

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    Great read!

    Typical Ann Rule: well-documented, well-written and exciting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 11, 2014

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    I didn't care for this one as much as the preceding books. But,

    I didn't care for this one as much as the preceding books. But, it was pretty good.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Queen of True Crime

    As usual Ann Rule delivers true crime at its best. She is, indeed, the Queen of True Crime writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Very good!

    I had this book in paperback & decided i needed it on my nook so i didnt have to put it down while on the treadmill! Couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    NEVER DISAPPOINTS

    Ann Rule is her usual factual self in this collection of cases. She never disappoints...the facts are presented and the reader sees the cases through the author's eyes. Easy to read and hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    A Good Read

    Ann Rule outdid herself once again and wrote very detailed, very captivating true crime tales about innocent people losing their precious lives to some very very evil people. All of the stories have stayed with me and I could literally visualize myself in all of those surroundings. She's an incredible writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

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    I was a big fan of your other work Ann but I think you missed th

    I was a big fan of your other work Ann but I think you missed the mark on this one. It just didn't grab my attention like I hoped for. Sorry.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Another group of stories about crimes from Ann Rule.

    I love reading Ann's work but don't enjoy her short stories as much as all her other books. My favorite is still The Stranger Beside Me. Her depth of investigation and reporting is so much fun to read. Every story is interesting but I prefer the longer books about one specific incident. I have read every book of hers though. She writes as though she is sitting at your kitchen table telling the story about your neighbor's husband! I don't know how she has the time to do the research and write about each group of cases. She is an excellent crime writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Anonymous

    After reading two of Ann Rules books back to back, I am ready for a good love story that has a happy ending.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Good read as always!

    Another true case hit from Ann Rule. Hard to put this one down.

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