VGC.Simon & Schuster,1992.First US edition-first printing(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Cream hardback with red borders(gilt lettering to the spine,two small nicks and crease on the edges of the cover and spine) with Dj(two small nicks,scratches and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in VGC.Illustrated with b/w photos.Nice and clean pages with a small mark and two nicks on the outer edges,small pencil mark impression and owner's sticker on the edges of the front end paper,small mark,ink mark,a couple of nicks and creases on the edges of the pages.Nice and clean book with light shelf wear.528pp including The Houses of Allanson/ Siler family tree.Price un-clipped.First edition.Heavy book. This is another paragraph From Library Journal: Spoiled rotten by her family, Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allinson, a Georgia beauty whose goal in life was to emulate Scarlett O'Hara, led a life of deadly horror. Fed by her family's constant devotion from early childhood through middle age, Pat, who could do nothing wrong by her family's standards, could do nothing right in the view of society. A narcissistic personality, without a shred of conscience, she systematically destroyed her own family. Nothing she ever had was enough. She had to make things go her way and she did: through manipulation, poisoning, theft, lies, and deceit. Her presence was a constant danger to people who stood in her way: her brother a suicide, her new in-laws shot dead, her grandparents-in-law nearly poisoned by arsenic, her employer severely overdosed, her daughter, who finally saw the awful truth about her mother, possibly poisoned. Rule's tautly written study of this diabolical woman constantly fascinates the reader.