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by | Read by Blair Brown

Contemporary Culture • 6 hrs. • Abridged • © 2001

Ann Rule, mistress of true crime stories, tells of the life and death of Sheila, who falls in love with and marries Allen Blackthorne, a sociopath, liar, scam artist, and sexual deviant, a man who reinvents himself whenever the situation suits him. When Sheila escapes the beatings and abuse by divorcing Allen, he vows to make her pay. Rule details the secrets of Allen Blackthorne's life, and Blair Brown's narration describes each and every deviant turn. Brown captures Sheila's fear and Allen's ruthless manipulation with subtle changes in tone of voice and inflection. As the truth behind the crime is revealed, Rule brings the threads of this tale together, and Brown captures the listener with her quiet, emotional narration. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]



Retail pak • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2001

CS ISBN 0743508246 $26.00 • Four cassettes

CD ISBN 0743508254 $32.00 • Five CDs

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