Ann Rule writes a clear and mesmerizing true crime book about a professional man who tries to kill his wife with arsenic. He has a girlfriend and debts (the usual motives)and thinks this is the most expedient way to go about it. It takes his wife a long time to believe her husband would want to kill her. It's only after she becomes so ill and crippled from the effects of the arsenic that truth starts to hit her. This is another book explaining why arsenic is banned in many states and how easy it is to catch a killer with today's modern forensics. And this was written before forensics became so advanced and refined!
Kathie P. (kdcperez07) - , reviewed Last Dance, Last Chance, and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 8) on
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It's ok. As typical for every Ann Rule book, she presents the stories as good vs evil. People are either all good or all bad in her stories instead of being real people...it's a little tiring. I'm not saying that the criminals in her books haven't done bad things, but her telling of the stories is a bit simplistic and cut & dried. Nothing in life is that simple.
Beginning with the case of the sociopathic plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Pignataro of Buffalo, Ann Rule chronicles several fascinating episodes from her files of true-life criminals and analyzes their crimes, their backgrounds, and their motivations.The title case is an account of the life and crimes of Dr. Anthony Pignataro, a cosmetic surgeon with a penchant for forged credentials, botched surgeries, to the attempted arsenic poisoning of his wife. Four other true cases follow
Bernie N. (Bernie) reviewed Last Dance, Last Chance, and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 8) on
"America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews), Ann Rule presents an all-new collection of crime stories drawn from her private files -- and featuring the riveting case of a fraudulent doctor whose lifelong deceptions had deadly consequences.
Had never read any of Ann Rule's mysteries before. (I know, it's hard to believe!) After many recommendations I finally dove in. I was not disappointed! Last Dance Last Chanceand Other True Cases is just that - true crime detailed.
I avoid Ann Rule's full-length books because they are very long (longer than I care to spend inside the mind of any criminal). But her other book of short cases that I read, Without Pity, offered cases so short that they blurred together by the time I finished the book. This book was a good compromise. The title story takes up more than three-fifths of the book and is interesting and memorable, and the other cases, though short, stand out as well. Recommended for true crime fans. Ann Rule's Crime Files, #8.
True Crime. Dr. Anthony Pignataro was a cosmetic surgeon and a famed medical researcher whose fashy red Lamborghini and flamboyant lifestyle in western New York State suggested a highly successful career. But appearances, as this shocking inser account of Pignataro's tailspin from physician to prisoner proves, can be deceiving---and, for the doctor's wife, very nearly deadly. No one was safe if they got in his way.