978-0-671-68835-6 / 9780671688356

If You Really Loved Me


Publisher:Simon & Schuster



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Ann Rule, Best-Selling Author of Small Sacrifices. SUB-TITLE: A True Story of Desire and Murder. BOOK NUMBER: 05912245. AUTHOR PHOTOGRAPH AND BACK JACKET PHOTOGRAPHS OF PATTI BAILEY, CINNAMON BROWN, AND DAVID BY: Leslie Rule. CONTENTS: Prologue; PART ONE The Crime; PART TWO The Investigation; PART THREE The Arrest and the Death List; PART FOUR The Trial; Afterword; Acknowledgments. SYNOPSIS: A spellbinding true-life story of greed, sexual obsession, manipulation and murder. In the dark hours before dawn on March 19, 1985, in a quiet house on a quiet street in Garden Grove, California, 23-year-old Linda Marie Brown died a most unquiet death. Beautiful and blond, she was the wife of a millionaire computer genius, the mother of an infant daughter, a woman who apparently possessed everything she ever dreamed of. And yet someone fired two bullets between her breasts as she slept in her own bed unaware of the danger around her. The cruel crime seemed to offer no rational explanation. The only two people in the house were Linda's 17-year-old sister, Patti Bailey, and her 14-year-old stepdaughter, Cinnamon Brown. David Brown, Linda's husband, who was absent at the time of the murder, wept bitter tears when he learned he had lost the woman he had loved since she was fifteen. Detectives questioned all three, and one was convicted of the crime. The case was closed. Still, hard questions went unanswered. Veteran investigators Fred McLean and Jay Newell had seen the bleakest aspects of human behavior in their years in law enforcement. They knew that things were seldom what they appeared to be. Even so, they had never encountered an investigation as challenging as the Linda Brown murder case. Who had wanted her dead? And why? And who had actually pulled the trigger of the death gun? Each path they took led to another more circuitous trail. As they disentangled lies and truths, they found that Linda Brown had lived and died in a world of perverse...

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