Fatal Romance by Lisa Pulitzer
A True Story of Obsession and Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

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Nancy Richards was a young, beautiful speechwriter when she met Jeremy Akers, a decorated war hero and environmental lawyer. Nancy was immediately taken with the daredevil adventurer,a and it wasn't long before their intense courtship led to a whirlwind marriage and children. Discovering she had a talent for penning historical romance novels, Nancy found fame as a bestselling author. But Nancy's life was far from the happily-ever-after romances she wrote about...

Nancy's friends alleged that behind the doors of the couple's home in one of Washington, D.C.'s most exclusive neighborhood,s he suffered repeated abuse at the hands of her husband. They also said that Nancy had told them Jeremy was resentful of her success and growing independence, and his beatings soon escalated into death threats. Torn between being forced to give up her kids and risking her life by remaining with jeremy, Nancy moved into a one-bedroom basement apartment with a young male friend. After several pleas to visit the children, Nancy was finally allowed to take them on an outing. And just whens he dared to hope that the worst was over, Jeremy shot her twice in the back of the head, killing her in front of their two youngest children. he then drove to the Vietnam War Memorial, where he killed himself with a shotgun.

Fatal Romance is the shocking true story of the romance novelist who dreamed of the happiness she wrote of--only to die at the hand sof the man she loved.

About Lisa Pulitzer

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LISA PULITZER is a former correspondent for The New York Times. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books, including the bestselling Stolen Innocence. COLE THOMPSON is the co-author with Catherine Crier of A Deadly Game, a #1 New York Times bestseller about Laci and Scott Peterson.
Published July 15, 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 203 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Popular romance writer Nancy Richards-Akers spun tales of happily-ever-after, but the rosy glow of her books contrasted with her own life;

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As we mourned the loss of Nancy Richards-Akers, a popular author and friend, we were left with the big question, 'How could such an intelligent person have allowed this to happen?' As more details emerged including Nancy having apparently taken a lover over 20 years her junior and leaving h...

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