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ISBN: 1568658575
Author: Gregg Olsen
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Book Club edition (1998)
Pages: 280
Category: True Crime
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.6
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Gregg Olsen did an excellent job bringing the callous and calculating nature of Sharon to light. This book was originally published in 1998 under the title Confessions of an American Black Widow, it was re-released in 2013 as an e-book with the title Bitch on Wheels.

Gregg Olsen did an excellent job bringing the callous and calculating nature of Sharon to light. He writes with a flow that is easy to follow and fast to read. Good, quick true crime. I have the 1998 version in paperback, the 2013 version as an ebook, mainly because I didn’t realize they were the same book. M. William Phelps wrote a foreword for the ebook version, a fact I find appropriate since I was reading his book at the same time I was reading this.

The confessions of an american black widow. Gregg Olsen’s standing as one of America’s finest crime journalists will rise even higher with The Confessions of an American Black Widow. More interesting than the crime itself is Olsen’s portrait of Nelson as a brash, trashy, manipulative sexpot. watching Nelson as she almost gets away with murder will fascinate long after the last page. Here are all the ingredients of a great crime story-murder, infidelity, greed, nymphomania. But the main element is Olsen’s skill at describing and explicating human misbehavior.

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Confessions of an American Black Widow "More interesting than the crime itself is Olsen's portrait of Nelson as a brash, trashy, manipulative sexpot. This time Gregg Olsen has given us a very sexy book that is as disturbing as it is seductive

RetailThree book box set (two full length book and a short story) by New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen. BITCH ON WHEELS This title was previously published as Confessions of an American Black Widow.

RetailThree book box set (two full length book and a short story) by New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen. Sharon Nelson, a Colorado woman, had her lover Gary Adams murder two of her three husbands.

Gregg Olsen (born March 5, 1959 in Seattle, Washington) is a New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of nonfiction books and novels, most of which are crime-related.

The Confessions of an American Black Widow- A True Story of Greed, Lust and a Murderous Wife.

ISBN: 13: 978-0312965037

ISBN: 13: 978-0312965037.

Gregg Olsen (born March 5, 1959, in Seattle, Washington) is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of eight nonfiction books and six novels .

Gregg Olsen (born March 5, 1959, in Seattle, Washington) is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of eight nonfiction books and six novels, most of which are crime-related. His novels include: A wicked Snow; A Cold Dark Place; Betrayal; and Fear Collector. His nonfiction books include: The Deep Dark (2005), about the 1972 Sunshine mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho; Bitter Almonds, the story of Stella Nickell; and A Twisted Faith, (2010) about a philandering minister who killed his wife.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Confessions of an American Black Widow : A. .This book was so fantastic I found another one written about the same woman by the same author! It was sad and hysterical all at once.

This book was so fantastic I found another one written about the same woman by the same author! It was sad and hysterical all at once. Fast read, interesting and horrific too.

The author of Abandoned Prayers stuns readers with this account of Sharon Lynn Nelson. A beautiful, charming woman, she seemed to be the perfect wife. But Sharon couldn't get enough -- enough sex, enough money, or enough of her rugged lover, Gary Adams. Only a few years after leaving her first husband to marry handsome Perry Nelson, she convinced Gary to kill Perry to cash in on his insurance policy. But not until Sharon's third husband, Glen Harrelson, died in a house fire, did this lethally seductive black widow finally get snared in her own twisted web.

Comments:

Minnai
Calling Sharon Nelson trashy would be an insult to landfills everywhere.

Gregg Olsen starts out his story as a standard police procedural: law enforcement is called to the scene of a fire at a fireman's house. Then they stumble across a body with an "unexploded head." You might think, as I did, that this was a good thing. It's not. It immediately alerts the police is that is in fact a murder. The action quickly turns to the past and the widow of the victim, the awesomely trampy Sharon Nelson.

Former preacher's wife, former good girl and current town pump Sharon is like Bette Davis's camp classic Rosa Moline (from Beyond the Forest) brought to life. Whether seducing every man in the zip code or setting up her step-daughter to be expelled from boarding school or just strutting around town in painted-on short-shorts, Sharon is a trip. Unfortunately, she's a trip to the morgue for two of her husbands.

It seems a simple story: girl raised by ultra-religious parents marries minister and then rebels against the strictures in her life. What makes Sharon Lynn Fuller Nelson (Adams) Harrelson's story more complex isn't just the murders, it's her relentlessness in acquiring a trailer-park version of the finer things in life. These include a Jeep, hot rollers, and romantic lunches at Pizza Hut. That's one of the first things that struck me in this story - for someone willing to resort to murder to get what they want Sharon set her sights a little low. But then Sharon doesn't come across as a deep or expansive thinker, she's more like a child distracted by a red helium balloon. If the town eye doctor looks like a better catch than her minister husband, Sharon goes after him. Then she goes after the eye doctor's slightly better off good friend the rancher. You get the picture. Then Sharon plum loses her mind over ... a "mountain man", which I can only assume is Sharon's personal code for "complete loser than I'm inexplicably attracted to." No job, living in a trailer, and in need of Viagra before it was invented, this is the man of Sharon's dreams.

In lesser hands, this would be a dreary tale. Gregg Olsen makes it a cross between a classic true crime investigation and, well, a camp classic. And bless him for it. If you're going to tell the story about a woman who thinks nothing of having the neighbors walk in on her having sex on the kitchen floor with a man other than her husband it helps to have a sense of humor, which Olsen has. He's hilariously droll at times, letting "mountain man" Gary Adams confide his love for Sharon's special sauce (no, he's not talking about McDonald's). Other times Olsen is a master at the throwaway bitchy remark like having Sharon wonder "Hadn't she pleased him in bed? In the woods? By the lake?"

Olsen does a fine job of presenting Sharon's story and the story of her numerous victims, he doesn't skimp on showing the human toll of her selfishness. He lets the people of the small towns in Colorado where Sharon lived act as a Greek chorus with more than a few sage remarks on human nature coming from ordinary working folks. And then there's Sharon. Telling strangers that she sun bathes in the nude or greeting dinner guests by letting them know what great sex she and her husband had the night before. And, bizarrely, using the local Pizza Hut for pivotal moments in her life. Apparently nothing goes with adultery or confessions to murder quite like a deep dish pizza.

This book is good solid true crime and its just plain fun. This is my first Gregg Olsen book but it definitely won't be my last.
Halloween
This is a very fascinating true story of Sharon Nelson Harrelson, who was not only a Black Widow, but also a serial killer. Sharon would stop at nothing (money, sex, material possessions, etc.) to get what she wanted even when it meant murder. Sharon Nelson is a woman w/o any values, principles, or class; she used sex to get whatever she wanted. Everything about Sharon oozes sex. Sharon always put herself first, even ahead of her own children. Sharon is what you call a husband stealer, husband killer.
This is the second true crime book by Gregg Olsen that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. I've also read 'If Loving You is Wrong' and found that very fascinating. Olsen does such a wonderful job with his research from Sharon's upbringing to her three marriages (preacher, doctor, and fireman), to the murders of her doctor and fireman husbands, to her confessions. We learn a lot about Sharon Nelson and the type of person she is from her sister, Judy, her neighbors in Weston, family members and friends of the victims, and Perry Nelson's secretary.
Confessions of an American Black Widow is a must read.
nadness
good
Joony
I remember waiting forever to get this book and it was worth it. I love Gregg Olsen books and his style of writing. Totally recommend this and any books by him
Preve
I read a lot of true crime, but his woman takes the prize in so many ways. Sad that men fall for someone like her, but they do, and so it goes.

She's in prison -- hopefully forever -- so she can do no more harm. I feel badly for her children as well, having a mother like her.
Ironrunner
Unreal! Had some trouble following the hop-scotching timelines, but this was an interesting case & it held my interest.
Rleyistr
Visiting my hometown, I had lunch with old friends from our one-room country school and inquired about one of the boys who had been a member of the 5-student eighth grade class. I learned that he had been murdered by his wife and that a book had been written about it. Not my reading preference, but of interest because I had known the book's bubject.
Interesting book. I just don't understand these types of people. So many of them with faulty brains. Why I never got married.

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