By Ann Rule

From “America’s top true-crime author” (Kirkus Reviews) Ann Rule comes the New York instances bestselling secret novel of drama, greed, intercourse, scandal, and homicide on an eerie island within the Pacific Northwest.

Nestled in Puget Sound and obtainable purely via ferry, Whidbey Island is a gem off the coast of Washington kingdom the place existence is insular and the island’s year-round citizens are likely to recognize one another’s company. but if the blood-drenched physique of Russel Douglas is came upon the day after Christmas in his SUV, the entire island is surprised. nobody can think who between them may well plot this type of cold-blooded crime. and prefer a forged of characters from a secret novel, a number of Whidbey citizens fall less than suspicion.

Brenna Douglas used to be Russel’s estranged and soon-to-be-ex spouse, who allowed him to come back domestic for a Christmas stopover at with their little ones. Brenna usually complained to her pal Peggy Sue that Russel used to be bodily and emotionally abusive. Married thrice, Peggy Sue’s personal existence has been one in all extremes: hers is a rags-to-riches-and-back-again story. yet in 2003, her love affair with married guitarist Jim Huden led the 2 Whidbey Island natives to pursue their final desires of wealth and privilege—even on the rate of human life.

Unravel the tangled internet woven by way of Russel Douglas’s homicide in Practice to Deceive, the most recent center pounding true-crime journey de strength from Ann Rule.

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What used to be he donning the final time you observed him? ” Plumberg requested. “Pretty ordinary clothes—I imagine perhaps blue denims, a tank most sensible, and a jacket. We have been speaking Christmas evening and that i requested him to put on ‘normal’ outfits whilst he was once in my space—” “And that's? ” “Whidbey Island, Everett. ” Brenna stated she were embarrassed via a few of Russ’s bizarre clothes. requested to recollect their discussions at Christmas approximately their courting, Brenna stated they'd made up our minds to take reconciliation slowly and spot what occurred. they'd pointed out increase belief and seeing how that went. “How did Russ think approximately that? ” “He used to be ok. We have been having a good time, taking a while. ” “You advised us prior to that you just and Russ had intercourse at the morning of the twenty-sixth and also you took a bath after? ” “Mmm-hmm. ” eventually, they got here to the tip of an extended consultation. Russel Douglas’s widow nonetheless claimed he was once untrue and sexually challenging, speedy to anger, and unpopular. yet she had additionally stated that at the final day of his existence, they have been taking a look towards a destiny the place they may retrieve their marriage and steer clear of divorce. It used to be so challenging to judge the place she was once coming from. If she had in charge wisdom approximately Russ’s homicide, why could she have at first been so vindictive approximately his flaws? Wouldn’t she have performed the grief-stricken widow to throw off suspicion? Now, six months after his demise, she nonetheless bad-mouthed Russ, yet she appeared much less virulent. Plumberg sensed even a tinge of remorse as Brenna recalled the just about 9 years the 2 had spent jointly. Seizing a chance, he requested her if she could now think of taking a polygraph examination. “I won’t let her to do that,” Jessie Valentine acknowledged quick. “Do you compromise with that, Brenna? ” the detective requested. “I need to do what my legal professional tells me to,” she replied. bankruptcy FOURTEEN WITH MIKE BIRCHFIELD long gone, Mark Plumberg attempted to do the paintings of 2 investigators. that they had been to Tetra Tech and talked to Russel Douglas’s coworkers there, and located not anything in any respect that may recommend somebody who may need sought after him useless. the various girl employees individuals have been very appealing, and a number of other of them acknowledged that Russ hadn’t been an acquaintance yet a “real pal. ” nonetheless, while Mark Plumberg requested them if Russ had “come on” to them, they shook their heads. “Absolutely not,” one secretary stated. “I’m married. ” “That doesn’t inevitably suggest that Russel wouldn’t have tried—” “But he by no means did. His wife—Brenna—used to return to our workplace and she or he introduced their kids along with her. all of us knew that they typically had difficulties of their marriage, and that Russ used to be unsatisfied approximately that. ” Plumberg moved again to a different activity on Russ’s résumé. He took the ferry from Clinton to the town of Mukilteo to talk with the workers there. He came upon that many of us who labored for the town had identified Russ Douglas—from transitority staff to Mike Murphy, who used to be Mukilteo’s leader of police. nearly universally, Douglas were cherished. “He enjoyed his kids,” a girl within the team of workers workplace recalled.

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