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Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? | [Ann Rule]

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?
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Publisher's Summary

The shocking tale from true crime queen Ann Rule.

Who is Brad Cunningham? How could five beautiful, intelligent, and successful women believe he was their dream come true? Ask any women who ever longed for "the perfect man".

Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

This question haunts Dead by Sunset, Ann Rule's riveting and impeccably researched study of the destructive relationships, multiple marriages, financial manipulations, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge that surrounded Brad Cunningham and his wives. It is also a penetrating - and ultimately shocking - recreation of Cheryl's murder and the eight years it took to bring her killer to justice.

Dead by Sunset is a chilling look at the evil that lurks behind the most charming of facades and a fascinating homage to the kind of courage and brilliance it takes to combat it.

©2008 Ann Rule (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Rule provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait." (Publishers Weekly)

"The similarities with the O.J. case are compelling." (The Spokesman-Review)

"Fascinating material.... Ms. Rule admirably recounts this labyrinthine tale. (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-09-12
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-09-12
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    "Ann Rule's most understated work"

    Over the years I have read many Ann Rule books - some I have liked more than others. I think this one has been somehow lost in the shuffle. It is not as emotionally gripping as Small Sacrifices, but is super suspenseful. How did this happen? How could this happen? And how can justice come to pass?
    This book seems to have been downplayed whenever anyone mentions Ann Rule, though I am not sure why. The hold that Brad Cunningham had over beautiful, successful - though obviously emotionally dependent - women is astounding. And yet....

    Richard Ferone's narration of this was fantastic! I have read several of his novel narrations and have had a hard time with them, but he was pitch-perfect here.

    If you like true crime with character study, this book is for you! Well, well worth the credit!

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    Amazon Customer Ajax, Ontario, Canada 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer Ajax, Ontario, Canada 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasn't crazy about narration, Story terrific tho"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely would recommend this book. If you're a fan of true crime, you will enjoy it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead by Sunset?

    Over and over being bewildered at what an )@&*(# Brad Cunningham was to just about everyone around him, PARTICULARLY his wives and children. A classic psychopath.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Get a new voice? Seriously, the reading was well done, but I tired of his voice very quickly, which is a problem when you have to spend that amount of time listening to someone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You do NOT want to marry this man!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I liked this book, finished it quickly, and was satisfied with the outcome.

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    Bridget SK, Canada 08-20-12
    Bridget SK, Canada 08-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "As usual, another great story by Ann Rule"

    Another fabulous read by Ann Rule. Thoroughly researched and expertly brought to life. But then this is par for the course for her books.

    The narrator though, less than stellar performance. I nearly stopped listening only 15 minutes into the book. I found his gravelly voice and odd up and down inflections extremely distracting. I did get used to his voice and strange style of speech quickly though, thankfully so it wasn't a huge distraction throughout the entire book.

    I do have to wonder why he felt the need to make all the female voices whiny throughout the entire story though. Does he not like women? Does he feel all they do is whine? Not impressed at all by his performance, but at least I was able to get used to his voice and not find it so much of a distraction that I was unable to finish the book. Still, his whiny impersonation of every female voice in the book left a bad impression and I'll likely avoid any other books he narrates.

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    Danielle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-02-12
    Danielle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-02-12
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    "Amazing narration! Couldn't stop listening!"
    Where does Dead by Sunset rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely at the top. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to, I found it hard to stop listening and when I wasn't listening, I was thinking about when I could turn it on again!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead by Sunset?

    I don't know if I could pick just one! I would say that the one thing that stuck out for me was when the sons we talked about...it made me sad that they were being raised by a complete monster.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Sarah, she seemed to be such a strong character and then she would do something that left me thinking..."why would she DO that????". And then the responsibility she took at the end, amazing.


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    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-27-12
    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Sad Yet Compelling Story of Betrayal"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if you want to know the details surrounding this case.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The depths in which one person full of hatred would go to strike back at another. Pure narcissist behavior unveiled.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    I truly enjoyed the fact that his voice captured the essence of the characters and kept me interested through a very lengthy storyline. I enjoyed hm so much so that I searched for all the books he had narrated and will be listening to more from him.


    If you could give Dead by Sunset a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A Case of Sheer Betrayal


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book is long....I was captivated by the story and I was saddened by the fact that the police seemingly could not do anything to stop him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 06-11-12
    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Dead by Sunset again? Why?

    I will and I have. I've also watched the movie several times. It amazes me the type of people that walk among us and I never get tired of seeing a hearing how far Brad Cunningham went before he was finally stopped.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead by Sunset?

    Geez, to narrow it down.... I can't think of ONE moment, it was just the culmination of little things he did daily that when added together showed how evil this man was.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know if he brought anything to the story, but he didn't detract from it...which is more important. I drives me crazy when the narrator takes you out of the story.

    Unless you live in the area, you wouldn't know that he was mispronouncing some names. That was the only thing I would change...make sure you say the names correctly. It's Will-AM-ette...not Will-uh -met, etc...




    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Makes me angry that monsters like that live when beautiful souls suffer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like true crime, you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User 05-01-12
    A User 05-01-12

    Tell us about yourself! I love to read & hope to find lots of new wonderful books.

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    "A Chilling Story of a "Perfect" Husband"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead by Sunset to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book before this & it was very different to hear the story narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Ann Rule presented all sides of the story. you hear the story of both victim & killer as well as how both family's were affected.
    you also get a very in depth look at a cold calculating man who will stop at nothing to get revenge even murder.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite character, all of them were very well done


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I really learned a lot about how the laws can differ from state to state


    Any additional comments?

    If you like true crime Ann Rule writes some of the best books I have ever read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-06-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "GREAT READ!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead by Sunset the most enjoyable?

    the story was well researched, was interesting, and no detail of was left out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the completeness fo the story.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    i don't know.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    many moments. sarah particularly moved me with her selflessness and kindness.


    Any additional comments?

    i wish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 04-02-12
    Lisa MANTEO, NC, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Crazy Dog Lady

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    "I didn't want to turn it off!"
    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    The story was excellent, and the narration was as well. I was caught up in the story, and found it difficult to turn off.


    What other book might you compare Dead by Sunset to and why?

    I'm a big fan of Ann Rule and the true crime genre. This is as excellent as any of her other books.


    What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The richness of his voices for the characters in the book. I'd never tried an audiobook until December of 2011, and I love the way they allow me to listen to something interesting while I work. The drama of the narration kept me anticipating the next part of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was caught up in the whole story right up until the end!


    Any additional comments?

    I sew professionally, so this lets me keep my mind busy while doing repetitive tasks and makes the time pass much quicker!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 02-15-12
    Kitty Reno, NV 02-15-12 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Kept my interest..."

    This is one true crime book that kept my interest. I is very well written and narrated. I personally don't mind the length of the book. I always get the unabridged versions of the books that I buy to get the longest enjoyment. When I finish a particularly good book, I find it sad that it is over. I crave more. I think that this as well as "The Devil in White City" are two of the most interesting true crime books that I have read. (Listened to)

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