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View 1 comment. Oct 10, Rebecca Huston rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , true-crime , series , washington-state , utah. Not the best collection of Ann Rule stories. Several of these tales bothered me quite a bit, especially the first two, which chronicle two very recent crimes, while the others occur mostly in the 's. Still, a so-so Ann Rule book is better than most other true crime books, but I would only recommend this one to those who really enjoy her work.
Photos and an excerpt from her next book, Practice to Deceive , due in October Somewhat recommended. Feb 11, Sara rated it it was ok Shelves: books. The author, Ann Rule, is a former newspaper reporter and a well known true crime author. It seems as though, in this book, she was cleaning out her desk and scooped up some cases from the s which were largely unsolved. The first two cases were novella length and ended with a person of interest, rather than a definite solution. Jun 05, Leigh rated it really liked it Shelves: insane-people , insane-women , , insane-men , headline-news , non-fiction-series , crime , real-life-mystery , killer-spouses.
I mostly chose this book because of tgecRebecca Zahau case that was recently in the news because of a civil case filed by her family. That plus I usually enjoy Ann Rule even if she can be biased at times.
This collection of short crime stories differs from the rest. There is not one but two novella length stories and there is no story that has the same name as the title of the book. That being said let's dig into these stories. It begins with the first novella Fire and Ice which tells the story I mostly chose this book because of tgecRebecca Zahau case that was recently in the news because of a civil case filed by her family.
It begins with the first novella Fire and Ice which tells the story of Susan Powell. Rule never usually writes about headline grabbing crimes like O. Simpson or Casey Anthony but made an exception after promising her family she would tell the story. Poor Susan tried to make her marriage to Josh work but she couldn't change him.
Between that and a father in law with a creepy obsession with her when she went missing one blizzardy winter night it's no wonder all eyes were on Josh. The case turned tragic and resulted in two more horrific deaths and one suicide. Rule of course can be counted on to constantly tell us just how awful Josh was.
The next story Two Strange Deaths in Coronado fascinated me when I first heard about it a few months ago. First a young boy is seriously injured in what appears to be an accident then a young woman is found dead allegedly by hanging, her hands and legs tied, a t-shirt tied around her neck the only item of clothing she had on. Cops immediately ruled it a suicide. Then the young boy dies from his injuries, and private investigators dig up a few conflicts of interest involving the defense attorney of a main suspect and the police department investigating.
Needless to say the Rebecca Zahau case is far from over and hopefully her family will find justice for her. Next are the short stories, one involves an elderly couple bludgeoned to death by a young man who had recently tried to admit himself to a mental facility only to be told he wasn't sick enough. A sad case of what happens when the system doesn't work. Next is a case of an arsonist who sets fires only to be a hero who rushes in and saves the day, fortunately despite his horrible acts no one died as a result of his fires.
Then there are a couple of cases involving rapists, one obsessed with blondes who apologizes to his victims after he commits the crime, the other who escalates from rape to cold blooded murder. Finally there are three rather sad murder cases, one involving a sixteen year old found dead in her backyard, another dead in her bed, her stab wounds washed clean by a murderer who loved her too much, and finally the tragic kidnapping of a young girl who trusted a neighbour more than she should have.
While overall enjoyed this book it lagged in places and of course Rule does like to tell you how rotten people are even though their crimes speak for themselves. Still worth the read for the first two stories, the others were decent quick reads some a bit uncomfortable due to the nature of the crimes covered, but overall a worthy installment to this true crime series.
Jul 13, Lynda rated it it was ok. I usually enjoy reading true crime books by Ann Rule who I consider to be one of the best in the genre. However, she is at her best when she writes books about one particular crime or criminal rather than a series of vignettes. Some of the vignettes were interesting and did grab my attention but others not so. One of the main problems I note with Ms. Rule's writing is that she inserts all the names of the policemen, forensic specialists and prosecutors involved in a case.
It is not likely that t I usually enjoy reading true crime books by Ann Rule who I consider to be one of the best in the genre. It is not likely that the reader will remember all those peripheral characters, especially the names. She would do better to just highlight the more important characters involved in the investigation of these crimes such as the chief homicide detective, medical examiner and the prosecutor. The reader is tortured having to read about the past history of the city, the tourist highlights and every natural characteristic of the area.
This is a tendency that she continues as well in her full length books which is unnecessary. All the reader needs to know are succinct general characteristics of a city and not the entire roster of the police force and every waterfall in Washington state. Additionally, some of these stories, especially the shorter ones are written dryly and journalistically.
However, considering that these are short stories, Rule does not have the time to delve into the psychology of the characters and background information of both victims and criminals that she does so well in her full length books. There are several good stories that stood out for me. One of my favorites was the Coronado murders; although still unsolved, she provided a good background of the main characters and did go into detail about their personalities and lives. This story is a bit longer than the others so I suspect this is the reason why it is one of the best written.
It is one of the longer stories in the book. This vignette deals with the fatal accident which occurred to the young son of a millionaire scion and the aftermath which included the questionable suicide of his girlfriend. That story continues to be shrouded in mystery. Another good story is one of the last ones of her series and is called "Has Anyone Seen Wendy? The other two short stories: "The Man Who Loved Too Much" and "The Yosemite Murders" are short and, in these two stories, she doesn't belabor much on description but focuses on the victims' ordeals with a perfunctory psychological background of the characters.
The best written in the series I do not remember the title offhand concerns the Powell family. This story did make national news so the reader is likely aware of it. It details the story of a deteriorating marriage with a mentally unstable husband with horrific consequences for all parties concerned. In this story, her longest and her best, she does a great job of detailing the personalities of the Powells, the couple in the story, how the love between them developed only to end with the husband's mental deterioration which led to tragedy for all of them.
This is the one I recommend the best. It is the longest and better written than the others. I rarely read Ann Rule's short crime stories because they do not rise to the literary level of her full length books but the title of the book intrigued me. I expected to read stories of betrayal by friends and spouses and only the Powell's story and "Has Anyone Seen Wendy" are appropriate to the title. Unless you are a diehard Ann Rule, I would not recommend this book but definitely encourage the reader to read her full length books which are well-written.
Jan 11, The Loopy Librarian rated it really liked it. I have been an Ann Rule fan for decades. Crime stories have always interested me, but I'm careful about which true crime authors I read. I have made the mistake of picking up books that focused on the gruesome details of the crimes themselves with little empathy for the victims or the families. Ann Rule is steadfast in her support of and respect for victims and their families. She also supports law enforcement and, having once been a cop herself, has an innate understanding of the job and the pe I have been an Ann Rule fan for decades.
She also supports law enforcement and, having once been a cop herself, has an innate understanding of the job and the people that must investigate these crimes. Over the years, I have read almost all of her books. Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors is particularly chilling because most all of the cases involve victims and perpetrators that lived near each other or who had some familiarity with one another. We all know to be wary of strangers, but seldom do we suspect that our friendly neighbor or friend could be capable of doing us harm.
We tend to trust them. The cases in Ann Rule's latest crime files demonstrate just how misplaced that trust can sometimes be. The last case in the book is particularly frightening for parents. But, it serves as a valuable warning. Parents are always careful to teach their children about stranger danger, but the sad fact is most children are molested or harmed by someone that is familiar to them. Not only are the cases of Ann Rule interesting, but more often than not they serve as cautionary tales.
I'm not suggesting we all walk around paranoid, but we should be aware of the potential dangers in this world and make our children aware as well. Sometimes knowledge is the best protection of all. Jan 17, Maria Yohana rated it it was amazing. I don't know much about the writer technic that she use to write, but this book is just really fascinating. I couldn't imagine how such a tragic life that the two children have to go through. And a few minutes later I got so angry about all of the factor that caused the death of the 2 innocence. Especially for the police and law inst this is my first ann rule's book.
Especially for the police and law institution, how could they took this case really easy for such a definite killer. All of us know about how the law works, how the police and detectives have to collect strong enough evidence to make the killer suspected, but, God gave all of us instincts, a really good one.
Even peoples and media already knew who is the one that killed Susan Powell. They don't have to made him to be a suspect,they just have to be a little strict to treat him. I don't want him to rest in peace. Dec 12, Sandy rated it really liked it. This Ann Rule lived up to it's name.
I still say this one smell like old fish. Sentenced to 20 years. Nov 09, Jami rated it liked it Shelves: books-comprised-of-short-stories , true-crime. I just finished the first long story in this collection, which is about Susan Powell. Although I was familiar with the story, I wasn't aware of a lot of details.
Definitely very interesting. The second novella was also pretty good, but not quite as good as the first.
I enjoyed the shorter stories as well. Overall, a good, interesting read. Nov 10, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: true-crime. This is the newest installment in Ann Rule's series of short true crime stories. In this, there are rapes and murder, and the strange, sad case of Josh and Sarah Powell.
This book includes an excerpt from a longer book she is writing called "Practice to Deceive. Rule's books, this one is hard to put down and as interesting as any of her many other works. Jan 13, Phil rated it liked it. Ann Rule does this true crime thing best. Though I'm always disappointed in the cases that continue to be unsolved. Jul 23, Jazmine rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book! The writing style is good and I could tell that author put in a lot of time and research into each case.
I will definitely be picking up some more books by Ann Rule. Nov 05, Vicki Tyley rated it it was amazing Shelves: true-crime. True crime writing at its best, especially the in depth research and insight with the Powell case. Sep 16, Annie Booker rated it liked it. Not as enjoyable as Ann Rule's other books though it held my attention most of the time. Jul 13, Deanne rated it liked it Shelves: true-crime. Good with more than one story, but did wish that so many ended without being resolved, feel sorry for the famillies of those who never know.
Aug 16, Tracey Gibbs dipietro marked it as to-read. Can't wait for it to come out!!!! Dec 05, Joanne rated it really liked it. Chilling stories about horrible people. Beware, folks. Choose partners with care and deliberation. Oct 07, BJ rated it it was ok Shelves: mine , , nonfiction. I always enjoy Ann Rule's books. I like them best when the cases are solved.
These cases were pretty sad! If anyone had detected the depth of depravity within Josh Powell, perhaps the family that loved and trusted him would have been saved. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart. Any Condition Any Condition. See all Compare similar products. You Are Viewing. Trending Price New. Show less Show more. People who bought this also bought. Nonfiction Books. Practice to Deceive by Ann Rule , Hardcover.
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