Small Sacrifices [NOOK Book]

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When Diane Downs and her three children were shot on a quiet, country road, residents of Springfield, Oregon, were frightened. A bushy haired stranger had flagged down their car, Diane told police, as she described how the man had coldly opened fire on her sleeping children. Despite the fact she was shot, too, the young mother managed to drive to the hospital in time to save all but one child. But something about her story was fishy, and detectives began to suspect Diane was lying. Was it possible that she was ...
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Overview

When Diane Downs and her three children were shot on a quiet, country road, residents of Springfield, Oregon, were frightened. A bushy haired stranger had flagged down their car, Diane told police, as she described how the man had coldly opened fire on her sleeping children. Despite the fact she was shot, too, the young mother managed to drive to the hospital in time to save all but one child. But something about her story was fishy, and detectives began to suspect Diane was lying. Was it possible that she was the shooter? Absolutely not, her supporters insisted. Diane, they said, adored her children. When investigators suggested a motive, Diane was indignant. Not only would she never harm her own children, she certainly would never do it for the reason detectives suggested. Was the attractive blonde the wonderful mother she claimed to be? Or was she a woman so obsessed, she would kill her own young to achieve her goal? Ann Rule's critically acclaimed SMALL SACRIFICES, was an instant bestseller, and later Farrah Fawcett was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Downs in the TV miniseries based on Rule's book.
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'Superb... the most riveting true-crime account since IN COLD BLOOD' - Kirkus Reviews * 'Vivid... extraordinary... a page turner' - New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015790108
  • Publisher: Planet Ann Rule
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 25,522
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Rule is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America, and the author responsible for the genre as it exists today. She came to her career with a solid background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Both her grandfather and her uncle were Michigan sheriffs, her cousin was a Prosecuting Attorney and another uncle was the Medical Examiner. Raised in that environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She is a former Seattle Policewoman, former caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance. Eight of Ann's books have been made into TV movies, and five more are in the works. She won the coveted Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices, and has two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans' organization. She has been nominated three times for Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. She was also awarded the Washington State Governor's Award. Ann is active in support groups for victims of violent crimes and their families, in programs to help battered and abused women, and support groups for children caught in traumatic living situations.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    Accurate and mesmerizing account of a terrible tragedy

    I worked for the court during the Diane Downs trial, and was very skeptical when I learned that Ann Rule was attending the trial to write a book about it. For me, the experience of working on the trial was life-changing, shaking my cozy view of the world. I have to admit, however, that in my experience of the trial and how events unfolded, the book is amazingly accurate. It even shed some light on why Downs was driven to murdering her own children. It is utterly compelling. A mesmerizing read. Probably Rule's best book.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    Excellent Book!!

    This book is so well written. So very interesting. Facts are very sad but true. Ann Rule really hits the spot.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    You ll never forget

    Even though its been over 20 years since this tragic occurance, I still wonder what happened to the two surviving children. How a mother could ever look her children in the eye and point a gun and pull a trigger, is beyond reason. Ann Rule is a fantastic writer.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2003

    The book that started it all.

    In my second year of college we were required to purchase and read this book for a social sciences class I was enrolled in. I had never before been truly interested in 'True Crime' but from the moment that I began reading this book I couldn't put it down. That was over 7 years ago. Since that time I have read many books in this genre and have yet to be as emotionally involved as I was in this book. It's a heartbreaking story that will make you cry for the children and wonder how a woman, a mother could be so callous. By the end of the book there wasn't a fiber in my being that didn't wish the same fate upon Diane.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006

    Small sacrifices By Ann Rule

    This was a excellent Book !! I am a Law Enforcement Officer, and my Crime Scene Investigation Instructor James Pex was the Lead Criminalist on this case. He did a incrediable job of reconstructing this crime scene in Court. His work ultimatly lead to the sucessful conviction of Diane Downs. If you look close at all the sketch's Diane Downs had drawn by the sketch artist, You will see the sketches look almost just like her. The Oregon State Crime Lab and Jim Pex did so much work on this case, and noone could put it into words better than Ann Rule. Her Books are the Most accurate recounts of Police investigations you could ever read. Her books just are hard to put down once you start reading them. Special Thanks to Jim Pex for putting Diane Downs where she belongs.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    ONE YOU'LL NEVER FORGET

    I bought this took in 1988 when it first came out and read it. Six months later, you couldn't buy this book anywhere; people were buying them up so quick. I had to pass my copy around to six people to read because they couldn't buy it anywhere. That says a lot for this story, which took the nation by storm. Diane Downes became a household name at that time, was on TV shows via satellite from prison, and a movie was made of this story. It is hard to say this was a good book because of the suffering of Diane's two surviving children and the death of her middle daughter, but if you like true crime and Ann Rule books, this is a must read. You'll never forget it. It's a hell of a story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Ann Rules again!

    I too read this book years ago. I couldn't find a copy (all book stores were sold out) so my friend allowed me to read her copy of this book. I'm so pleased to purchase a copy for my nook. This is a really good book and Ms. Rules has captured not only the emotions but the desperation that was brought out during the trial. I assure you... you'll love this book.

    Also, about the seller "Deans Books" I too had a problem with a purchase. I purchased a book and the book I received was by a different author with no conection to the book I selected. If you buy a book from them you really take a chance.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Heartwrenching - Unbelievable

    This book was exceptionally well written. It delved into the mind of Diane Downs in a way that made her very easy to understand. I've often wondered how the two children who survived the tragedy inflicted on them by their mother are doing. I was so glad to hear that they had been taken in by a family who cared about them and weren't afraid of dealing with their disabilities. This book brings home the truth that some women will actually abandon or even go so far as to kill their children in order to be with a man they profess to love. I high recommend this book and any other books by Ann Rule to anyone who enjoys true crime books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    An Extraordinary yet Horrifying Tale of Murder

    Ann Rule is by far the BEST true crime writer that I have come by. "Small Sacrifices" tells the horrifying story of a mother who will do anything, even shoot her 3 children in cold blood for the love of 1 man. This novel details the journey of Diane Downs life, and what possesed her to viciously kill and wound her 3 children on a dark night in the middle of nowehere.

    This is a MUST READ for all fans of the true crime genre, and Ann Rule. It is a page turner from beginning to end. Pick up this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    Excellent

    I read this book years ago and it started me reading all of Ann Rule's books. I could not put this book down. This book also taught me about the personality disorders and had me doing more research. My mother and daughter read the book and loved it. I highly recommend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Another great Ann Rule book!

    This is a book I read many years ago but wanted to read it again. I couldn't put it down. Ann Rule has a way of writing that keeps you so engrossed in the book you can't wait to get to each new chapter. While reading it dawned on me that a lot of things about Diane Downs are similar to the Casey Anthony case. She was just all about her. She shot her 3 children. One died, the other two were left with problems for life. She Had a crazy story like Casey too. It was the shaggy haired stranger.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    Another Ann Rule Blockbuster

    As always, Ann has captured the true character of her subject. I could not put this book down, like most of her true crime books. However, this book filled my heart with sadness to think that a mother could do such a horrible thing to the children she should have protected with her own life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Awesome.........

    Great book. Hard to put down. Felt so sorry for those children.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    One Great Book!!

    From the start of this book i was hooked.. i couldnt put it down. Its so disturbing how a mother could shoot her 3 kids.. in cold blood. I loved the book so much i didnt want it to end! I cried for the kids,,,Hated the mother... Admired the detectives and was truely touched by the novel. I dont usually enjoy reading unless its a really good book, and all i can say is that if your looking for a good long book read Small Sacrifices.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    A Very Compelling Book

    This is a very interesting and compelling book, well written, as usual, by Ann Rule. She gives the facts about this horrific crime and makes it difficult to put down. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Best book

    This is by far the most well written book, i love the way Ann Rule told this awful story about a monster who called herself a mother .. my heart goes to these children to have your own mother treat you the way Diane did and then shoot these innocent lil angels .. Diane deserves everything she got and God please never let her out of prison.. thank you everyone involved to bring this monster in including her own daughter, i was in tears when i read about this little girl up on the stand at her mothers trial, the emotions she must of felt, so brave....this is a must read....Bn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    My first is still the best!

    This book was my first True Crime book, I read it when I was 14 and never forgot it. Since then, I have read so many, this remained my fave. I was thrilled to see it in NOOK so I re-read it right away. 24 years later, it's just as good and well-written in my adult opinion and Ann Rule is still my favorite TC writer. I was also pleasantly surprised to find the photos. More NOOK books, please.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended - if you love true crime

    This is the first time I read Small Sacrifices. Debated on whether or not I should read this one because it had small children involved but it was really good. Ann Rule is an exceptional true crime write. I felt so many emotions while reading this but. Truly a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Ann Rule Does it Again!

    This is only my second book that I have read by Ann Rule and I am hooked! Ann Rule did a great job in following the life of Diane Downs and what drove her to shoot her three kids in cold blood. It was a fast moving book. I couldn't put it down. Ann Rule was very detailed and in depth. I don't think she left a piece of information unturned. I definitely recommend this book and this author. I look forward to reading even more from her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    untrue

    This conviction was borne out of police corruption, false testimony and bad science. James Pex's findings were discredited by a leading US Forensic expert. Pex himself admitted flaws at a 1991 Hearing. And jurors later admitted to convicting on a Prosecutors blatant lie. Exculpatory evidence was denied by the judge and the Prosecutor adopted the children (who denied many times it was not their mother who shot them) to keep them quiet. It stinks.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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