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Ann Rule

From the New York Times #1 bestselling author comes a riveting true-crime mystery set on a sleepy island in the Pacific Northwest: a man is murdered and the long list of suspects includes an aging beauty queen and her boyfriend. One wintery night on tiny, quiet Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, Russ Douglas spent Christmas with his estranged wife, Brenna. She agreed to let him visit his children even though they were headed for divorce. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 to run some errands. But hours passed and the sun set in the late afternoon; Russ didn't return home as he'd promised his children he would. Nor did he come back during the night. On the afternoon of December 27, a couple walking down a rural road noticed a vehicle that had apparently backed into the driveway of a cabin. Since many of the places were vacant during the winter, neighbors kept an eye out for strangers. Curious, they walked up the cabin's driveway to check inside. They saw a man in the front seat, still strapped in his seatbelt, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They immediately put in a call to the Island County Sheriff's Office. The dead man was easily identified; it was Russell Douglas. But what came next surprised law enforcement and captured the attention of the entire town when the suspects included an aging beauty queen, her guitar-teacher lover, and Russell's widow, Brenna. With her trademark aplomb, Ann Rule unravels the fascinating story of a murder, a small town, and a number of potential killers.

From the New York Times #1 bestselling author comes a riveting true-crime mystery set on a sleepy island in the Pacific Northwest: a man is murdered and the long list of suspects includes an aging beauty queen and her boyfriend. One wintery night on tiny, quiet Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, Russ Douglas spent Christmas with his estranged wife, Brenna. She agreed to let him visit his children even though they were headed for divorce. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 to run some errands. But hours passed and the sun set in the late afternoon; Russ didn't return home as he'd promised his children he would. Nor did he come back during the night. On the afternoon of December 27, a couple walking down a rural road noticed a vehicle that had apparently backed into the driveway of a cabin. Since many of the places were vacant during the winter, neighbors kept an eye out for strangers. Curious, they walked up the cabin's driveway to check inside. They saw a man in the front seat, still strapped in his seatbelt, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They immediately put in a call to the Island County Sheriff's Office. The dead man was easily identified; it was Russell Douglas. But what came next surprised law enforcement and captured the attention of the entire town when the suspects included an aging beauty queen, her guitar-teacher lover, and Russell's widow, Brenna. With her trademark aplomb, Ann Rule unravels the fascinating story of a murder, a small town, and a number of potential killers.
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Genres:

True Crime

Description:

From the New York Times #1 bestselling author comes a riveting true-crime mystery set on a sleepy island in the Pacific Northwest: a man is murdered and the long list of suspects includes an aging beauty queen and her boyfriend. One wintery night on tiny, quiet Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, Russ Douglas spent Christmas with his estranged wife, Brenna. She agreed to let him visit his children even though they were headed for divorce. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 to run some errands. But hours passed and the sun set in the late afternoon; Russ didn't return home as he'd promised his children he would. Nor did he come back during the night. On the afternoon of December 27, a couple walking down a rural road noticed a vehicle that had apparently backed into the driveway of a cabin. Since many of the places were vacant during the winter, neighbors kept an eye out for strangers. Curious, they walked up the cabin's driveway to check inside. They saw a man in the front seat, still strapped in his seatbelt, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. They immediately put in a call to the Island County Sheriff's Office. The dead man was easily identified; it was Russell Douglas. But what came next surprised law enforcement and captured the attention of the entire town when the suspects included an aging beauty queen, her guitar-teacher lover, and Russell's widow, Brenna. With her trademark aplomb, Ann Rule unravels the fascinating story of a murder, a small town, and a number of potential killers.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anne Twomey

Length:

9h 3m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

36:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

36:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

24:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:59