Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder

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Signet, 1988 - True Crime - 494 pages
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In the bestselling tradition of In Cold Blood, The Stranger Beside Me, and Fatal Vision, comes Small Sacrifices, the harrowing, headline-breaking story of Diane Downs, a woman so desperate for love and attention that she would attempt to murder her three children to please a man who wanted none. "A work of resonance and revelation with breath-stopping tension to the end".--Kirkus Reviews.

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Very hard to read this book. - Goodreads
Ann Rule - the best true crime writer around! - Goodreads
Disturbing but a real page turner. - Goodreads
Well written, researched and interesting. - Goodreads
She is the master of true crime writing. - Goodreads
Ann Rule is a magnificent writer and storyteller. - Goodreads
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ann rule wrote this book so well, i lived there in springfield oregon at the time of this killing and this was so true , thanks ann rule it was such a good book as well

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Excellent...Ann Rule's writing has declined much since then, but she was at the top of her game with this one. Hard to put down, even though you know how it turns out. Read full review


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About the author (1988)

Ann Rule has drawn on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America's top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she has lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She has also serves as a consultant to the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VI-CAP), which is used to track and apprehend violent criminals. Her bestselling books, Lust Killer, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, and Small Sacrifices, are available in Signet editions.

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