Publication Date: February 2009
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BEHIND A VEIL OF TRANQUILITY? In the lovely town of Pleasant Valley in upstate New York, the maple trees were ablaze with fall's blood-red color. The air was crisp. And a woman named Susan Fassett left her weekly choir practice at a church ? when a killer emerged from the shadows and mercilessly gunned her down? WAS A REALM OF SEXUAL DEPRAVITY WHERE MURDER WAS THE LAST SIN. Stunned, the police immediately suspected Susan Fassett's husband and surrounded his home. They couldn't have been more wrong. Susan Fassett had been living a secret life, lost in a world of dominance, lesbian sex, betrayal ? and a depraved plan for murder. After detectives untangled a web of secrets and corruption hidden in plain sight, the town of Pleasant Valley would be rocked again when a shocking trial exposed the whole sordid truth? Phelps is one of America's finest true-crime writers.? ? Vincent Bugliosi