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Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death
Heart Full of Lies A True Story of Desire and Death
Author: Ann Rule
An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for handsome, athletic Chris Northon, an airline pilot, a confirmed bachelor-turned-devoted family man; and Liysa, an acclaimed surf photographer, loving mother, and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few, including Chris, had seen Liysa's other side -- her controlling behavior...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743410137
ISBN-10: 0743410130
Publication Date: 9/28/2004
Pages: 480
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3.8 stars, based on 189 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is the first book that I have read by Ann Rule. It grabbed my attention from the first page! Liysa was a total sociopathic liar and a killer, not a victim. Excellent read!!
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I could not put this book down. Ann Rule writes true life murder in a compelling way which takes you into the psyche of the characters.
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Ann Rule is without a doubt the queen of true crime writers. All of her books are well written and this one is no exception. She fleshes out the people in her stories so well the reader feels she has insight into what makes each of them tick. Her books are must reads for any fan of non fiction.
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One of Rule's better-written books, not as lengthy, and more controlled than her other books.

From the front dust jacket: "A true story of desire and death "Heart Full of Lies" by Ann Rule Bestselling author of "Every Breath you Take""

from inside the dust jacket:

In perrhaps the most profound character portrait she has ever drawn,Ann Rule asks: Can the female really be deadlier thant he male? In this story, she answers that question in one of her ost intriguing tales ever--a riveting true story of seduction, betrayal, and murder.

...On a sunny morning in Oct 2000, Chris Northon (athletic and handsome blond-haired pilot for Hawaiian Airlines) lay dead in a sleeping bag at a campsite beside a pristine river, while his wife drove four hours to a friend's house, sobbing inconsolably. She appeared to have been beaten, and had a black eye and bruises on her knee. Was Chris's death a tragic accident or a deliberate homicide? Was his wife involved? Oregon state detectives were suspicious, but her family and friends stood staunchly by her incredulous that anybody would ask such questions.

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Fascinating look at the life of a brilliant woman who successfully manipulates everyone she meets until she creates her own downfall. Like all of Ann Rules books, this one is very well written.
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a true story of desire and death
ann rules gripping bestseller illuminates the lethal deceit inside a drean marriage, and asks: can a woman be deadlier than a man?
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An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for handsome Chris Northon, an airline pilot and confirmed bachelor. Then he met Liysa, an acclaimed surf photographer, loving mother and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few had seen Liysa's other side -- her controlling behavior and dark moods, her insatiable hunger for money and property. And no one anticipated the fatal outcome of a family camping trip in Oregon forest. Liysa soon revealed herself as a victim of domestic abuse that culminated at the campsite where she shot Chris.

Very good book!
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Former Seattle police officer and crime author Rule (Small Sacrifices; Dead by Sunset, etc.) knows a good drama when she finds one: it involves love, betrayal, greed and violence. In the story of Liysa Northon, a woman who murdered her third husband, Chris Northon, in order to collect his insurance money, Rule has found a real-life soap opera. In the fall of 2000, Liysa convinced Chris to go on a camping trip with her and their small son in the remote forests of Oregon. But the idyllic vacation didn't last long; Liysa would later admit to ending her husband's life by shooting him in the head in an act of "self-defense." From where she sits today (in an Oregon state prison), she still professes to have shot Chris only in innocence and fear-emotions she said were caused by her years as a victim of domestic violence. But according to her husband's parents and other sources, Liysa is a manipulative sociopath who spent years crafting a public façade of abuse persuasive enough to justify the cold-blooded murder of her husband.


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