Last Dance, Last Chance, and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 8)
Last Dance Last Chance and Other True Cases - Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 8 Author:Ann Rule "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. LAST DANCE, LAST CHANCE Dr. Anthony Pignataro was a cosmetic surgeon and a famed medical researcher... more » whose flashy red Lamborghini and flamboyant lifestyle in western New York State suggested a highly successful career. But appearances, as this shocking insider 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. With scalpel, drugs, and arsenic, he betrayed every oath a physician makes -- until his own schemes backfired. Now, the motivations of the classic sociopath are plumbed with chilling accuracy by Ann Rule. Along with other shocking true cases, this worldwide headline-making case will have you turning pages in disbelief that a trusted medical professional could sink to the depths of greed, manipulation, and self-aggrandizement where even slow, deliberate murder is not seen for what it truly is: pure evil.« less
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.
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!