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. At first, police suspected suicide, tragically common at the height of the holiday season. In 1995, Josh Little - Jimmie's son by his third wife - was killed in a motor vehicle accident in. Following the murder, he was reassigned to Whidbey Island Naval Station, where he married Doris Alton, Thomas's mother. Since many of the places are vacant during the winter months, neighbors who are full-time residents keep an eye out for strangers or any sign of suspicious activity. I have read The Stranger Beside Me three times.
This book did not live up to my expectations and is clearly one of her lesser works. I'll always read her books no matter what. With more than 50 million copies of her thirty-four books in print, from The Stranger Bes 1 New York Times bestselling author and Queen of True Crime Ann Rule delivers another gripping true-crime story; this time a shattering case of Christmastime murder off the coast of Washington State, with a shocking amount of drama, greed, sex, and scandal and no shortage of suspects. There are, of course, some sex crimes, and a murder from time to time. I have met her twice and have several signed books. There seemed to be an excess amount of just plain filler that we really didn't need.
Unlike C Practice to Deceive tells the story of the murder of Russel Douglas whose body was discovered in his vehicle on Boxing Day, 2003. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. Still, for the die-hard fans out there, this one is worth the trouble. I don't usually read this type of crime preferring the ones I mentioned at the beginning, but there were just so many twists and turns with this investigation, and the lives of the people involved in the crime were so soap-opera like that if it weren't real it would hardly be believable in a novel. The history of tragedy couldn't help but influence the Stackhouse family, especially impacting Thomas in a most negative way.
Boring story about a narcissistic woman who, for no apparent reason, got her lover to kill some guy with a crap marriage. Later, she would only speak to detectives in the presence of her attorney. I am usually a big fan of Ann Rule but I had a tough time finishing this one. The detectives also immediately felt the crime was a suicide despite the fact that there was no weapon and the passenger side door was open. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 to run some errands.
She often references herself in her narrative and she relies way too much on exclamation points, which automatically makes me take anything 63% less seriously. This is Ann Rule at her best, with a detailed look at a crime and the tenacity of those involved in solving it to do so, against the odds. Upon its release, it was a selection. Like a cast of characters from a classic mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fell under suspicion. A good editor would of given it back and said try again. Slight problem with that theory, they couldn't find the weapon.
Many innocents have died violent deaths in unlikely places. There was someone inside the Tracker. It got distracting, and I would have preferred a simple, linear progress, if indeed the family history was necessary, which it really wasn't. The shades of gray may have more to do with how muddy the case tended to be than Rule's deft hands but I am happy with the book regardless. 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. Many pages of excellent photographs are featured.
Where do I jump in and build a foundation of sentences and paragraphs strong enough to bear the weight of everything that must be told? The murder was not particularly brutal or sensational; the victim was not famous or infamous; the circumstances surrounding the death were hard to grasp for the professionals trying to solve the case; motive was difficult and continued to be difficult to determine; all the people involved in the story were real people with all their quirks and contradictions. Russ has been visiting his estranged wife and two children for the holidays and, when the detectives visit her to inform her of the murder, they were surprised at her lack of reaction. This book was a quick and interesting read - Ann Rule excels at suspenseful yet concise narrative. The victim was an ordinary guy, loved by most, lead a normal life and hardly anyone had anything to say against him. At one time, I devoured Ann Rule's books but hadn't picked one up for a long time. It felt as though the book was quickly pieced together through notes without a lot of thought to narrative or suspense. Doucette rounded them up and they headed out for a hike with their dog, hoping they could get rid of some of the pent-up energy.
I have been truly fascinated by her knowledge of the technical details involved in crime investigation and her ability to translate the crimes into an enjoyable read. Or the fact that the story just didn't seem to have a lot of twists and turns and surprises like the other cases she decides to write about. I bet you I'll have read all! And like a cast of characters from a mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fall under suspicion. Not exactly what one expects from Rule, no tale of a serial killer or a brutal mass slaying or even an horrific crime of passion. And like a cast of characters from a mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fall under suspicion. The story mirrored real life events because very rarely does a crime with victims get closure with all parts tied up in a bow. Not that those events are uninteresting by themselves but it completely sidetracks the main story and puts the breaks on an otherwise well passed story.
Rule seems to blame Peggy Sue for being conniving and persuasive without putting enough responsibility on the man who let another person convince him to commit murder. It was just a sad case and there was nothing that made the ending satisfying or worth caring about. 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 privilegeâÈ'even at the expense of human life. The story is utterly uncompelling. The day after Christmas 2003, Russ Douglas, a father of two who was separated from his hairdresser wife, Brenna, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head in his car on Whidbey Island, Wash.
The Dateline story was actually better than the book. Brenda Stackhouse Gard, Peggy's sister, was found dead in her home in September 2011 while Peggy awaited trial for her role in the Douglas case. It was not near the best of her books but, for me, none of her books should be overlooked if you have any interest in this popular genre. That is a wonderful turn around from the last few books that, in my opinion, Rule was too forceful with in painting the principals who talked with her to be the most wonderful people ever and the murderer as the most villainous person who has ever lived. There was just one problem. But for Ann Rule, it has become more of a routine than a task.