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Publisher's Summary

The author of eight New York Times best sellers, Ann Rule first won nationwide acclaim with The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. Her Crime Files volumes, based on fascinating case histories, have assured her reputation as our premier chronicler of crime. Here, the former Seattle policewoman brings us the horrific account of a charismatic man adored by beautiful and brilliant women who always gave him what he wanted: sex, money, their very lives.

When attorney Cheryl Keeton's brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van in the fast lane of an Oregon freeway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was the likely suspect. But there was no solid evidence linking him to the crime. He married again, for the fifth time, and his stunning new wife, a physician named Sara, adopted his three sons. They all settled down to family life on a luxurious estate. But gradually, their marriage became a nightmare....

In this gripping account of Cheryl's murder, Ann Rule takes us from Brad's troubled boyhood to one of the most bizarre trials in legal history, uncovering multiple marriages, financial manipulations, infidelities, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge along the way. Dead by Sunset is Ann Rule at her riveting best.

©1995 Ann Rule (P)1995 Simon & Schuster

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"Another chilling and creepy book from the reigning queen of true-crime, Ann Rule, who also penned the riveting bestseller Small Sacrifices. Here, we encounter a charismatic con-artist accused of brutally bludgeoning his wife and follow his case through to its strangely redemptive end." (Amazon.com review)

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  • LORI
  • Annapolis, MD, United States
  • 09-08-10

an Ann Rule story that will captivate you

Dead by Sunset is my favorite Ann Rule book. You'll be caught up in the story before you get to the second chapter. A winner.

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

Narration makes all the difference in the listening experience of books. Sharon Gless uses her dramatic background to bring a soothing yet appropriate tone to this version of Dead by Sunset.

Was Dead by Sunset worth the listening time?

I am an avid reader of Ann Rule's crime stories. I expected to receive the unabridged version of this book. I realized that there were two versions, so I specifically ordered the unabridged version. Or, so I thought. Received the abridged version. How can you condense twenty hours of listening down to three?