Dead by Sunset by Ann Rule

By Ann Rule

The writer of 8 long island occasions bestsellers, Ann Rule first gained national acclaim with The Stranger Beside Me, approximately serial killer Ted Bundy. Her Crime documents volumes, in keeping with attention-grabbing case histories, have guaranteed her acceptance as our most desirable chronicler of crime. Now the previous Seattle policewoman brings us the bad account of a charismatic guy cherished via attractive and extraordinary girls who regularly gave him what he wanted...sex, funds, their very lives....

whilst legal professional Cheryl Keeton's brutally bludgeoned physique was once present in her van within the speedy lane of an Oregon highway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was once the most probably suspect. yet there has been no stable proof linking him to the crime. He married back, for the 5th time, and his wonderful new spouse, a doctor named Sara, followed his 3 sons. all of them settled right down to relations existence on a sumptuous property. yet progressively, their marriage turned a nightmare....

during this gripping account of Cheryl's homicide, Ann Rule takes us from Brad's afflicted boyhood to at least one of the main extraordinary trials in felony heritage, uncovering a number of marriages, monetary manipulations, infidelities, and mammoth acts of harassment and revenge alongside the best way. useless by way of sundown is Ann Rule at her riveting best.

Amazon.com Review
Another chilling and creepy booklet from the reigning queen of true-crime, Ann Rule, who additionally penned the riveting bestseller Small Sacrifices. the following, we come upon a charismatic con-artist accused of brutally bludgeoning his spouse and stick to his case via to its unusually redemptive end.

From Publishers Weekly
Brad Cunningham was once good-looking, tremendous, a high-school hero in his local Seattle, a soccer famous person on the college of Washington. His relations heritage used to be strange, with a local American mom of whom he used to be ashamed and an Anglo father who was once contemptuous of girls. As a young person, Brad used to be violent together with his sisters and his mom. This trend persevered in his first, moment and 3rd marriages yet reached its apogee along with his fourth spouse, Cheryl Keeton, a hugely profitable legal professional by way of whom he fathered 3 sons. whilst their marriage collapsed and she or he sought custody in their youngsters, Brad, a financial institution govt, threatened her; in September 1986, she was once came across bludgeoned to demise in her vehicle on an Oregon road. The case remained unresolved until eventually Cheryl Keeton's property filed a civil swimsuit for damages opposed to Brad in 1991. A felony trial in 1993, during which Brad used to be came across responsible of homicide and sentenced to not less than 22 years. Rule (Small Sacrifices) offers a perceptive personality research of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait.

From Library Journal
Bradley Cunningham was once, to all appearances, a good-looking, captivating, and loving father, and being concerned husband. in fact, he thought of his better halves and kids to be not anything greater than disposable possessions. Rule proves herself once more to be the grasp of the true-crime style during this account of abuse and homicide. The narrative follows Cunningham's adolescence, company dealings, affairs, and marriages and contains a examine his relationships together with his mom and dad, neighbors, and associates. Rule's writing is crisp and good paced, jam-packed with info that provide the reader transparent perception into conditions and atmosphere, in addition to purpose. not just is Cunningham printed as a grasp of manipulation and, finally, homicide, yet with the further size of sociopath-one who's totally unfazed via his crimes. Rule, if attainable, has outdone herself.

From Booklist
Eight years after killing his divorced spouse in Portland, Oregon, Brad Cunningham used to be eventually convicted of her homicide. The best-selling writer of The Stranger beside Me (1981) and every thing She Ever sought after (1992) tackles the case of the five-times-married Cunningham, whose loving character and demeanor replaced after every one marriage. even supposing Rule's remedy has a promising starting, her preliminary comment in regards to the complete affair--that "the finish will be decades coming" --fittingly applies to the entire chronicle. a part of the book's total challenge could be that, in comparison to, say, crafty serial killer Ted Bundy, the manipulative Cunningham, who killed just once, isn't really really fascinating, neither is his specific crime distinct. Now if he had killed all 5 other halves, that would be really a narrative! nonetheless, Rule understands the best way to pack a few punch into her narrative, and her identify at the conceal will garner the curiosity of true-crime aficionados. With a wide first printing, an writer journey of the foremost venues, and plenty of advertising and marketing hoopla, Simon & Schuster is hoping on that. Sue-Ellen Beauregard --This textual content refers to an out of print or unavailable version of this title.

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Walter Walker the recent York occasions e-book assessment ...fascinating material....Ms. Rule admirably recounts this labyrintine tale....

Publishers Weekly Rule offers a perceptive personality research 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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I’d love it anywhere you are,” I replied. “Too bad you aren’t here,” Fran said, lifting my heart. “I’ll fly out,” I said. “And I’ll bring JD,” I added, thinking that my oldest son and Lynn were only a year apart and would enjoy the beach together. JD had given Lynn his fishing knife for protection during her last few days of school before she left for California. I dreamed of merging the families, hoped stepbrothers and stepsisters could actually like each other. Marlys had been working on that already.

He also mentioned a young man, Dennis Sipe, who hung out in the woods near the house. Several times Greg 31 The Investigation Begins reminded the detective that he, Greg, had been on a flight from Chicago at the time of the murder. He had met a man seated near him. They had exchanged business cards and Greg bought him a drink. When Greg talked, Fran stood silently by, barely hearing the words. Fear gripped her as she stood in this house that now seemed so evil. Could it be Greg? she wondered. This was her first thought about who might have killed Marlys.

I saw and heard an ambulance racing back to St. Paul. “It’s Marlys,” I thought, wondering what had happened to her 17 A Butterfly Is Crushed that would make Fran sound so frantic. I could only speculate and go faster. After what seemed forever, I turned south on Stagecoach Trail, slid around the corner onto Valley Creek, skidded to a halt as I saw Fran in a car with her stepson Kevin. I pulled into his lane, motioning for him to stop. “I’ll take you,” I told her. Fran got out and groped her way to my car as though she would faint.

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