Practice to Deceive

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From ?America?s best true-crime writer? (Kirkus Reviews) Ann Rule comes the New York Times bestselling mystery novel of drama, greed, sex, scandal, and murder on an eerie island in the Pacific Northwest.

Nestled in Puget Sound and accessible only by ferry, Whidbey Island is a gem off the coast of Washington State where life is insular and the island?s year-round residents tend to know one another?s business. But when the blood-drenched body of Russel Douglas is discovered the ...

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Overview

From “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) Ann Rule comes the New York Times bestselling mystery novel of drama, greed, sex, scandal, and murder on an eerie island in the Pacific Northwest.

Nestled in Puget Sound and accessible only by ferry, Whidbey Island is a gem off the coast of Washington State where life is insular and the island’s year-round residents tend to know one another’s business. But when the blood-drenched body of Russel Douglas is discovered the day after Christmas in his SUV, the whole island is shocked. No one can imagine who among them could plot such a cold-blooded crime. And like a cast of characters from a mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fall under suspicion.

Brenna Douglas was Russel’s estranged and soon-to-be-ex wife, who allowed him to come home for a Christmas visit with their children. Brenna often complained to her good friend Peggy Sue that Russel was physically and emotionally abusive. Married three times, Peggy Sue’s own life has been one of extremes: hers is a rags-to-riches-and-back-again tale. But in 2003, her love affair with married guitarist Jim Huden led the two Whidbey Island natives to pursue their ultimate dreams of wealth and privilege—even at the expense of human life.

Unravel the tangled web woven by Russel Douglas’s murder in Practice to Deceive, the newest heart pounding true-crime tour de force from Ann Rule.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
The reigning true-crime queen dips into the darker side of love and mayhem in her latest microscopic take on homicide. The day after Christmas 2003, Russ Douglas, a father of two who was separated from his hairdresser wife, Brenna, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head in his car on Whidbey Island, Wash. But investigators couldn't find the gun, which made suicide an unlikely conclusion. In addition, Douglas' widow didn't seem too concerned with her husband's death. After digging around in Douglas' past, police found many contradictions. Eventually, their investigation led to an informant who tied individuals into the case who weren't even on police radar at the beginning. Rule (Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors, 2012, etc.) has written many successful true-crime books and has a following that is both devoted and legion. But in the past decade, the writer, who calls the Northwest U.S. home, has fished in her own waters so much that many of the quasi-local cases she covers are less than extraordinary. Although it received national publicity, the Whidbey case isn't particularly compelling, and the investigation, while dogged, isn't brilliant. While the crime's particulars might be fascinating to Whidbey residents and friends of the participants, in Rule's hands, they're underwhelming and dull. The author includes every minute case detail, including false leads, and a large portion of the book is based on background information that has little to do with the actual homicide--including a detailed description of the death of one of the participants' stepmothers, who died many years before the participant's birth. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416544623
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 65,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (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.

Good To Know

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 October 19, 2013

    I am a huge Ann Rule fan and pre-ordered, but this is her worst

    I am a huge Ann Rule fan and pre-ordered, but this is her worst book I have read.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Not her best

    I am a huge Ann Rule fan so when I saw this I had to preorder it. Normally I love her books but this one was a tough read for me. The story was not an easy read because it bounced around so much. That was my main disappointment. She did great research into the childhoods of the individuals involved which I always enjoy.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange

    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I found this to be an engrossing read except for the parts when she veered off onto other crimes. I tended to lose interest whenever that occurred. However, when she stuck to the crime on Whidbey Island I found the book hard to put down.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    I don't understand the low ratings when the book isn't even out

    I don't understand the low ratings when the book isn't even out yet. Therefore, I'll give it 5 stars and read it tomorrow when it actually comes out. Interesting that those who left low ratings didn't tell us why.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    I have read every single Ann Rule book, and eagerly anticipate h

    I have read every single Ann Rule book, and eagerly anticipate her new ones. It was disappointing to read this one. It was choppy and difficult to follow. I didn't feel like she really made me feel a sense of empathy, or loathing, as she usually brings her characters to life. The last 2 books of hers just did not keep me reading. I am not sure what is going on, but, if you read some of her earlier works, such as Small Sacrifices, you will feel the difference.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Why are there reviews about a book thats not been out yet? I sug

    Why are there reviews about a book thats not been out yet? I suggest it's haters of Ann Rule and that;s not right so now I am counter rating with 5 stars.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Disjointed

    I am a big Anne Rule fan and have read everything she has written..... i got hooked years ago with True Crime magazines, this book was different ..... full to overflowing with stories and history that was interesting, but unrelated to the crime and unnecessary to the story..... i for one enjoy and soak up reads that introduce human nature of all kinds but i can see where many people might not enjoy the loadup of unrelated info.....

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    Least favorite of all her books. VERY disappointed. Way too much

    Least favorite of all her books. VERY disappointed. Way too much detail about minor characters. Perhaps not the best story to have written a book about. I absolutely would NOT recommend. I have read ALL her books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    There should not be any Reviews until after the the book is rele

    There should not be any Reviews until after the the book is released on October 8th. I don't know who thinks its funny to put 1 and 2 stars
     on books they haven't read.  Barnes and Noble should remove these including mine.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    I almost didnt huy this book. The last few from Ann Rule were so

    I almost didnt huy this book. The last few from Ann Rule were somewhat lacking, however
     being a fan for years I really had to read it. I must say I was disappointed.
    What is lacking in my opinion is the fire in which the author wrote.
    She immersed herself into a story because the stories gripped her. She had a passion and it came through.
    I don't feel that anymore.
    Maybe the work and the circumstances finally became too much?
    And maybe her publisher expects a certain amount of books per contract?
     Whatever the reason, the stories have become dry and almost rote. Im still a fan but I think I will skip any further attempts

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    not recommended

    always loved Ann's books. This book was not her best.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Not as good as her earlier books, which I loved.

    The writing was not as detailed of all involved in the case. Took too long to get into lives of the main characters .

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    THE BEST of the BEST

    The outstanding talent of Ann Rule never disappoints! Being a follower of her writings for so many many years has been grand. Come, join in, read this and all of her works to experience the wonder of Ann Rule.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    I love Ann, but....

    Not my favorite Ann Rule. Just couldn't feel for the characters. But, I still will read anything she writes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    Very good.

    A very good story about what one family went through with all their hardships. Hard to believe one family had to endure all of this. On top of everything else, this senseless killing. It made me keep asking why.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Very interesting!!

    I love Ann Rule's books. This one kept my attention. I like the way she delivers the facts!! Another great book on the Nook is the novel, "The Partisan", by William Jarvis. Both books deserve A++++++

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    I would give anything written by Ann Rule 5 stars.

    I would give anything written by Ann Rule 5 stars.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    If you like Ann Rule's case studies you'll like this.

    I have been a fan of Ann Rule since the first book of her's I read. She is from the Northwest as I am so many of her cases are one's that have been in the news here. She has the connections to have so much inside information & always writes in a way to make an interesting book rather than just presenting legal facts. Although this is not the most exciting case she has ever presented it does not disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Is this book written by THE Ann Rule? I have read many of her bo

    Is this book written by THE Ann Rule? I have read many of her books in the past and this book is nowhere near to the quality of the others. It is choppy and disjointed and suffers from lack of focus. From one paragraph to the next it is hard to keep track . There are huge sections that sound like they should be in another book entirely and have no relationship to this story, except that some of the people are related.  There was no special intrigue that usually is included. in her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    If you like Dateline, you'll like this book

    I'd like to see B&N be more clear on the genre of the book. Would have bought it anyways because it was a book club choice, but I am more into fictional stories- and not Dateline type crime reports. For me it was extemley boring- but if you like reading real life crime stories- this will be right up your alley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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