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Deadly American Beauty

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Greg DeVillers was a top biotech executive, and Kristen Rossum was embarking on a career in toxicology at the San Diego Medical Examiner's office. They seemed to be happily married, living the American dream. But only months shy of their second anniversary, Kristen found her handsome husband dead from a drug overdose-his corpse sprinkled with rose petals. By his side was t ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published March 13th 2004)
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Cindy Boss
it was good, except that it stated some things too many times
Jun 22, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Ugh. Talk about a family in denial...SoCal blonde teenager gets hooked on crystal meth, and it all goes to hell from there. Except that somehow she is some genius chemistry student who ends up working as a toxicologist in the medical examiner's office where she can easily steal drugs. San Diego governmental agencies have never had the best reputation, and this sort of clinches that for anyone who has doubt...

the book was somewhat poorly edited and yet the story is so compelling I have started lo
Sep 28, 2011 Kyleigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really a poorly-written book. The story was interesting, but the way it was presented was not the best. The author tells the story twice, once as a narrative of Kristen’s life, and the second as the facts were revealed during the trial. The first time through the story I was fascinated by the character of Kristen Rossum and completely believed that she killed Greg. The second time through the story, I found my conviction waning. The evidence that is presented seemed circumstantial to me. ...more
Laurie Tomchak
Another one of those "Cherchez la femme" true murder books, with interesting details due to the murderess's job as a toxicologist. She finds a poison that seems undetectable. But of course it isn't. And the fellow she murders her husband to get with flees prosecution--to Australia. She's also a meth head. The pictures in the book show a beautiful blonde, but we are told that she has scabs on her face when she is on meth. It would have been interesting to see the contrast (perhaps by including he ...more
Sue Krawitz Tandoc
This was a good book about Kristin Rossum, who was convicted of murdering her husband Greg so she could be with her Australian lover. It is sad what happened of this promising and bright young woman who fell to drugs which essentially destroyed her life.
Eva Leger
Nov 01, 2008 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime readers
Recommended to Eva by: myself
Shelves: b-true-crime
I read this years ago so there isn't much I can say about the story specifically but it was another great true-crime book and John Glatt is a terrific writer.
Mr. Crusader
Interesting story about a "crime of passion" in California where the perp definitely got what she deserved: Life in prison without chance of parole!
Dec 29, 2015 Chamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm always in so much shock when beautiful people do insane things...Meth..kill people.
Mar 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010, crime
An investigation into a wife's ultimate betrayal.
Jun 02, 2008 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sick!! But true!!
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English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English ...more
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