Practice to Deceive Author:Ann Rule 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 shocke... more »d. 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.« less
This is one of Ann Rule's best books, in my opinion. A true crime story that has a lot of players, love and money, and a murder gone cold. Ann Rule's books are always a good read and this book is no exception.
This is a typical Ann Rule book. Very well researched and very well written. A true story about a murder that takes place on Whidbey Island the the state of Washington. The book was very involved and had many characters. It took many years to finally figure out who might have done this, but the detective was ever diligent and kept on this case until it was finally solved. I enjoyed the book and anyone who is into true crime will enjoy it also.