Practice To Deceive

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From “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) Ann Rule comes the New York Times bestselling mystery novel of drama, greed, sex, scandal, and murder on an eerie island in the Pacific Northwest.

Nestled in Puget Sound and accessible only by ferry, Whidbey Island is a gem off the coast of Washington State where life is insular and the island’s year-round residents tend to know one another’s business. But when the blood-drenched body of Russel Douglas is discovered the day after Christmas in his SUV, the whole island is shocked. No one can imagine who among them could plot such a cold-blooded crime. And like a cast of characters from a mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fall under suspicion.

Brenna Douglas was Russel’s estranged and soon-to-be-ex wife, who allowed him to come home for a Christmas visit with their children. Brenna often complained to her good friend Peggy Sue that Russel was physically and emotionally abusive. Married three times, Peggy Sue’s own life has been one of extremes: hers is a rags-to-riches-and-back-again tale. But in 2003, her love affair with married guitarist Jim Huden led the two Whidbey Island natives to pursue their ultimate dreams of wealth and privilege—even at the expense of human life.

Unravel the tangled web woven by Russel Douglas’s murder in Practice to Deceive, the newest heart pounding true-crime tour de force from Ann Rule.


  • PracticeToDeceive 01 Title

    Duration: 33s
  • PracticeToDeceive 02 Epigraph&Forward

    Duration: 03min
  • PracticeToDeceive 03 Part1

    Duration: 03min
  • PracticeToDeceive 04 Chapter2

    Duration: 19min
  • PracticeToDeceive 05 Part2

    Duration: 16min
  • PracticeToDeceive 06 Chapter4

    Duration: 11min
  • PracticeToDeceive 07 Chapter5

    Duration: 21min
  • PracticeToDeceive 08 Chapter6

    Duration: 18min
  • PracticeToDeceive 09 Part3

    Duration: 14min
  • PracticeToDeceive 10 Chapter8

    Duration: 03min
  • PracticeToDeceive 11 Part4

    Duration: 03min
  • PracticeToDeceive 12 Chapter10

    Duration: 06min
  • PracticeToDeceive 13 Chapter11

    Duration: 06min
  • PracticeToDeceive 14 Chapter12

    Duration: 15min
  • PracticeToDeceive 15 Part5

    Duration: 14min
  • PracticeToDeceive 16 Chapter14

    Duration: 09min
  • PracticeToDeceive 17 Part6

    Duration: 09min
  • PracticeToDeceive 18 Chapter16

    Duration: 05min
  • PracticeToDeceive 19 Chapter17

    Duration: 14min
  • PracticeToDeceive 20 Chapter18

    Duration: 26min
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