Former policewoman Ann Rule once again displays her remarkable narrative talent as she covers half a dozen sordid crimes. The book is primarily about Randy Roth, a modern bluebeard who pushed his wives off cliffs when he tired of them and desired their insurance and social security benefits. Through the author's readable prose we get to know the killer, his victims, and the officers that eventually solved the case. Among the additional sordid cases in these pages are a rapist who returned to kill his victim/accuser after he was released from prison, a jilted husband that hired a "hit lady" to do in his wife, and a couple women who were tragically done in by fiends. Rule has a nicely readable style and great sympathy for the victims, which makes reading her narratives somewhat more palatable from a moral standpoint. Still, these are books about tragedy, despite Rule's sympathetic prose and the commendable efforts of law enforcement to solve these crimes.