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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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    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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    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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    Ren H LaPorte, Indiana, United States 12-05-11
    Ren H LaPorte, Indiana, United States 12-05-11
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    "WELL WRITTEN"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Very well written - Ann Rule at her best. Sad story but the truth wins.


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    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 09-29-11
    Malia LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader turned listener.

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    "A Must-Listen"

    This was my first Ann Rule book, and I must say that I greatly enjoyed it. I am a fan of the true crime genre and this is definitely a home run. A few of the other reviewers mentioned they didn't like the narration, but I didn't hear anything wrong with it. There are some parts of the story that made me cringe, and it there were 1 or 2 repetitive parts making it a bit longer than necessary, but overall I loved it. I would highly recommend to a true crime fan.

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    Barbara 08-07-11
    Barbara 08-07-11
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    "A biased review"

    I live in Oregon, so I apologize for what might seem a picky complaint. I'm a fan of Ann Rule, have been for years. I'm used to her writing style and this book doesn't disappoint. It was made into a Lifetime movie that was also well-done. Having said all of that, as Chris stated in his review, the narrator's voice had that creepy/sinister edge to it. If that wasn't bad enough (here comes the picky part), he kept mispronouncing "Willamette," which, for Oregonians, is a big thing. Every time he said it, I cringed. So I'd have to say read the book, watch the movie, but this audiobook? Meh.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Australia 06-01-11
    Amazon Customer Australia 06-01-11

    pinkapinka

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    "dead before sunset"

    I am not sure about the quality of the writing as the male narrator's voice was so distracting. He sounded as though he was trying to be sinister at times, and it came accross as boring with little appropriate inflection. Listening to the narrator spoiled the whole recording. I love Ann Rule's works, both written and audio. In past audio editions of other stories it has been the voice of a woman, who I can only describe as mesmorising, and soothing. I will certainly listen before I purchase any more of Ann's works, to avoid the male narrator.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alisa Louisville, KY, United States 10-21-11
    Alisa Louisville, KY, United States 10-21-11
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    "What a bummer"

    I love all of Ann Rule's books but this one. Its was 18 hrs worth of listening and could have been condensed in 4.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndie Lilydale, Australia 10-23-12
    Lyndie Lilydale, Australia 10-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Appalling (Long) Rubbish From Ann Rule"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?


    Ann Rule has no idea of the concept "A beginning, A Middle and An End."

    The book is all over the place with hour and hours of repeated sentences. She's been unable to stop herself retelling the incidental and mundane margin notes of the lives of everybody remotely connected to the victim. More than boring; it is excruciating drivel.

    Where were her editors? She should have written a short, sharp narrative.

    My advice? Don't walk, run away from the book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Casual Vacancy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I felt sorry narrator having to overcome the repetition of the appalling writer.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator did the best in the circumstances. The best orator in the world could not make Dead By Sunset into a good book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W. King Turlock, Ca United States 01-07-12
    W. King Turlock, Ca United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Way too long"

    Wow this was so long and drawn out....and yes the male narration was all wrong.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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