Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 26, 2007 - True Crime - 464 pages
24 Reviews
Includes Ann Rule's insider commentary on the Mary Winkler murder case


In some murder cases, the truth behind the most tragic of crimes crystallizes with relative ease. Not so with these fascinating accounts drawn from the personal files of Ann Rule, America's #1 bestselling true-crime writer. What happens when the case itself becomes an intractable puzzle, when clues are shrouded in smoke and mirrors, and when criminals skillfully evade law enforcement in a maddening cat-and-mouse chase? Even the most devoted true-crime reader won't predict the outcome of these truly baffling cases until the conclusions revealed in Ann Rule's marvelously insightful narrative: An ideal family is targeted for death by the least likely enemy, who plotted their demise from behind bars.... A sexual predator hides behind multiple fake identities, eluding police for years while his past victims live in fear that he will hunt them down.... A modest preacher's wife confesses to shooting her husband after an argument -- but there's more to her shattering story than meets the eye. These and other true cases are analyzed with stunning clarity in a page-turning collection you won't be able to put down.

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Review: Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder and Other True Cases (Crime Files #12)

User Review  - Jim Thomas - Goodreads

Not up to her earlier books but an easy page turner. If you like Ann Rule, it's worth the time Read full review

Review: Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder and Other True Cases (Crime Files #12)

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

I really like these true crime stories and she writes them so well. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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

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