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Cruel Deception: A True Story of Murder and a Mother's Deadly Game (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by [Gregg Olsen]

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"A tough new voice rises in the ranks of true-crime writers." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Gregg Olsen's work is absolutely top notch, masterful. With [Cruel Deception], Gregg takes his rightful place among crime masters."-Dennis McDougal, author of In the Best of Families and Whatever Mother Says

"Compelling...suspenseful...Gregg Olsen is masterful in creating this incredible story. As he brings his characters to life, he evokes emotions in us, as we hope against hope that the inevitable crime will not happen."-Rod Clovin, author of Evil Harvest

"A must read for all true-crime junkies...It picks up speed with each page and rapidly moves from absorbing to riveting, sweeping the reader along...Combines diligent, exhaustive research with a crisp, captivating style."-Steven Nickel, author of Torso

"A riveting, often horrifying, and important book...a much needed addition to the canon of serious criminal justice literature."-Joseph Bosco, author of Blood Will Tell and A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson

"Intensely interesting and moving...eye opening and educational. An in-depth and sensitive analysis of this complex disorder."-Gary King, author of Web of Deceit and Blind Rage

"Gregg Olsen has a rare and unique talent for getting to the bottom of weird, complex cases and writing about them in an understated style that makes the readers eyeballs bulge. [Cruel Deception] is his best."-Jack Olsen, author of Doc

"A remarkable and amazing book...a piece of art in suspense and entertainment for the reader of crime books."-Thomas V. Hill, criminal justice consultant

"[Cruel Deception] is a fascinating and groundbreaking book. Through a riveting examination of harrowing psychological issues, Gregg Olsen has triumphed with both sensitivity and insight."-Elizabeth F. Loftus, Ph.D., coauthor of The Myth of Repressed Memory

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Gregg Olsen has been a journalist and investigative author for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of numerous writing, editing, and photojournalism awards, including citations of excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), the International Association of Business Communicators, Washington Press Association, Society of Technical Communication, and the Public Relations Society of America.

A resident of Washington state, Olsen has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Olsen also appeared several times on CBS's 48 Hours, MSNBC's Special Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Sally Jesse Raphael, Inside Edition, and Extra. He has been featured in
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003J48C54
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ St. Martin's True Crime (April 1, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3445 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 396 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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