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Book Title: Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder|
The author of the book: Ann Rule
ISBN 13: 9780451166609
Edition: Berkley Books
Date of issue: July 5th 1988
Format files: PDF
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This is one of the best books from Ann Rule's best stretch of writing, from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. "Small Sacrifices" is leaner, fairer and more balanced than Rule's bloated, often slanted later works in which saccharine philosophizing pushes its way into the narratives.
The irony is that a lot of people — mostly Diane Downs supporters, who, nearly three decades later are still legion — will be happy to tell you that "Small Sacrifices" is one of her most biased works. That's because Rule presents the facts through the lens of the law-and-justice professionals, and Downs' bizarre deeds and behavior simply don't represent in the harsh light of revelation. Downs, the drifter on an obsessive perpetual quest for "perfect" love, depends on smoke and mirrors to sidle her way from one drama to the next, using sociopathic cunning and a sadistic willingness to sacrifice anything and anyone to get what she wants. Including, as we see in one horrifying but skillfully rendered passage, her children.
"Small Sacrifices" is a book from when Rule was still hungry, still on the ascendancy of her career, still with something to prove to the world. And she proves it, with strong storytelling supported by an equally strong factual foundation. As always with Rule, one wishes she was able to fill in the occasional narrative gaps with more interviews with the story's principals. But her attempts — and ultimate failures — to get Diane Downs' story from Downs' own mouth are well-documented, so this is one case in which Rule's failure to get the perspective of the person at the center of the story can't be faulted. In later books, plenty of fault can be found.
This is a first-rate true crime book — a near-perfect combination of a worthy subject, a talented and hard-working writer on the rise, an intriguing setting and a crackerjack game of cat-and-mouse between the bad girl and the good guys. And most of all, there are heroes to root for — and Rule makes us aware of their quiet heroism without shoving their saintliness down our throats.
I don't read many true-crime books over and over, but "Small Sacrifices" is in that rotation. It's worth that kind of time, if only to remember what a monster Diane Downs truly is — and how she's hardly the only one of her kind. And how the survivors are still living in the long shadow she's cast over their world for 27 years now.
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Read information about the authorAnn Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.
She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis Clinic, giving her a unique distinction among true crime writers.
Rule won two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans' organization. She was nominated three times for the Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. She is highly regarded for creating the true crime genre as it exists today.
Ann Rule also wrote under the name Andy Stack . Her daughter is Goodreads author Leslie Rule.
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