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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 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.

Customer Reviews

Very well written book and a great story

With so many characters in the plot, I thought it would be one if those books that are difficult to keep track of who is who. Ann starts out with a list of characters in the beginning of he book and I bookmarked that page, thinking I would have to refer to it throughout he book. However, Ann Rule described each person and relationship in such a way I found it easy to keep track and didn't have to refer back to the list of characters at all. There are so many layers to this story and Ann did an amazing job of providing background information and presenting the facts in such a way that it was easy to follow. I read his book in two days (on my iPhone) it was that good!!! I'd say his is my favorite Ann Rule book yet. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for her to write another book.


Another great book by Ann Rule! If you love true crime stories, this is a must read!

Practice not repeating yourself

This is not suspenseful at all. The author repeats herself a lot, with information that leaves you asking, who cares. I will sum up this book for you and save you the money. Guy is murdered, several hundred pages of filler, no real reason he's killed. The one who pulls the trigger gets 40 years and the girlfriend who got the guy to shoot him only gets 4 years. Google the story. Cheaper and more interesting.

Practice to Deceive
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: True Crime
  • Published: Oct 08, 2013
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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