The Search for Anne Perry: The Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer

The Search for Anne Perry: The Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer

by Joanne Drayton

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A New York Times Best Seller!

In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the movie Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls embroiled in an obsessive relationship. The movie launched Jackson’s international career. It also forever changed the life of Anne Perry, an award-winning, bestselling crime writer, who at the time of the movie’s release was publicly outed at Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers. A new light was now cast, not only on Anne’s life but also on her novels, which feature gruesome and violent deaths and confront dark issues, including infanticide and incest.

Acclaimed literary biographer Joanne Drayton was given unparalleled access to Anne Perry, her friends, relatives, colleagues, and archives to complete this book. She intersperses the story of her life with an examination of her writing, drawing parallels between Perry’s own experiences and her characters and storylines. Anne Perry’s books deal with miscarriages of justice, family secrets exposed, punishment, redemption, and forgiveness, themes made all the more poignant in light of her past. She has sold 25 million books worldwide and published in 15 different languages, yet she will now forever be known as a murderer who became a writer of murder stories. The Search for Anne Perry is a gripping account of a life, and provides understanding of the girl Anne was, the adult she became, her compulsion to write, and her view of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628723984
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 63,225
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joanne Drayton in the author of the critically acclaimed Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime and three other biographies. She is associate professor in the Department of Design at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. She lives in Auckland.

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The Search for Anne Perry: The Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps Ms. Drayton feels that unfolding the story in dribs and drabs as she does is akin to writing a mystery where the clues are slowly unfolded.  Instead, it feels like riding on a deeply rutted road in a pick-up with no springs:  you're bouncing all over the place and loose sight of where you're going and what's ahead.  Very frustrating and annoying.
olemoney More than 1 year ago
Dreadfully written; reference to many irrelevant topics. I can't get through the first chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very difficult to get through to the actual life story of Anne Perry has way to much detail about the content of Anne Perry,s novels and not enough about her actual life if I wanted to read her novels i would have purchased them instead of what was supposed to be her biography
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dreadful bore of a book! Thought I could read just about anything, but confronted my albatross with this dreary recounting of characters and plots from Perry's novels. A few facts about Perry's past are tossed into the dull mix, but they are underplayed and fail to confront the dark heart at the core of Perry's young life. The biggest mystery here is how a shocking and callous crime can evoke so little interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanted to like it, but was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mostly synopsys one after the other of Anne Perry books. Could have condensed to one chapter.
Stressedreader More than 1 year ago
It was nice to finally hear this story in an unbiased way. I came to feel I understood this complicated lady and her life. I have loved her books and have always enjoyed seeing her thoughts on life reflected in them. I understand more now where she was coming from. We all need redemption. We all need to value our life and those in it. We need to have compassion on others. We all have great worth. I love Anne.
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JaybirdsMom More than 1 year ago
There is something very wrong with a person who can commit a murder. They an essential part of humanity lacking in their character. To continue to buy Anne Perry's novels, is to support the thought that it is ok to kill someone in cold blood then go on to become a highly paid author of books.
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RobinClaire More than 1 year ago
After reading this book (which was a crime in itself), I find myself searching for a good book about the subject matter.