Ann Rule brilliantly dissects the convoluted love affairs that all too often end in violence in this unnerving collection drawn from her personal crime files.
From traditional courtships to Internet relationships, the passions that rule the heart can also fuel the destructive fires of rage, jealousy and murder. There are stalkers driven by obsession, gay lovers who learn too late that things are not as they appear, and conjugal visits in the shadow of prison walls.
Ann Rule goes far beyond the headlines made by these unusual stories to chronicle the downward spiral that begins when promises are broken – a descent that may wrenchingly unfold to a bloody conclusion, or occur so rapidly that the reader wants to cry ‘watch out’.
The title story deals with an adulterous affair that slashed the trust in a seemingly ideal marriage, the violence that ensued, and a missing-persons search that was ultimately solved with forensic science, computers, and the dedicated kindness of the victim’s friends. Powerful because they strike so close to home, the cases in EMPTY PROMISESwill leave readers shaken with the realities of love gone terribly wrong.