An Almost Perfect Murder

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A Woman With A Passion For Power. . .

Kathy Marie Augustine was not out to make friends. In politics, she rose to the top by playing hardball--and pushing her way through the old boy's network of the Nevada legislature, rising to the rank of State Controller. When she died, only a few people shed tears--including the man who killed her.

A Killer With A Foolproof Plan. . .
Chaz Higgs was a former body-builder turned intensive care nurse who saw wealthy, sexy Kathy Marie Augustine as his meal-ticket--until he couldn't stomach her domineering personality any longer. When Chaz decided he'd had enough, he chose a poison that would leave no evidence behind.

Murder Hidden In Plain Sight. . .
The death of a nationally-known politician made headlines, but one slip of the tongue came to the attention of a determined Nevada detective. Now, true-crime master Gary C. King takes us into the extraordinary life and death of a famously ambitious woman politician, behind the scenes of the investigation that unearthed shocking secrets, and into the heart and mind of a man who nearly got away with the perfect crime. . .
Includes 16 Pages Of Revealing Photos

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About the author

Gary C. King is a freelance author and lecturer. Over the last 25 years he has had more than 400 articles published in true crime magazines in the United States, Canada, and England. He is an active member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, International Association of Crime Writers, The Crime Writer's Association (U.K.), Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Press Club. His true-crime books include Love, Lies, and Murder, Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, Driven to Kill, Web of Deceit, Blind Rage, An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Angels of Death, and Stolen in the Night. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Pinnacle Books
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Published on
Sep 1, 2008
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780786026753
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws
Biography & Autobiography / Royalty
True Crime / Murder / General
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