I'll be watching you.
Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent - a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don’t look behind you . . . run.
Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the best-selling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states - ending, finally, in Alaska - where he unraveled not one but two murders. A second case appears to begin and end with the hunt for the Green River Killer, focusing on a Washington State man who was once cleared as a suspect in that deadly chain of homicides. But the millionaire property owner believed he had successfully buried his own murderous past and the awful truth behind his young wife’s disappearance. She vanished soon after she left for a day at the Seattle World’s Fair, and her three small children grew up believing their mother had abandoned them. But one amazing witness remained - the missing woman’s best friend, who heard her last words in a frantic phone call - “He’s coming!” - before the line went dead. Only since Robert Hansen’s suicide has the monster within been revealed.
In another true story, a petite woman went to a tavern, looking only for conversation and fun. Instead, she met violent death in the form of a seven-foot man who had seemed shy and harmless. You’ll feel a chill as you uncover these and numerous other cases of unfortunate victims who made one tragic mistake: Trusting the wrong person - even someone they’d known intimately, or thought they knew.
©2011 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Gripping, compelling, fascinating
Very similar to Ann Rule's other true crime novels. Cases are very engrossing and well researched and presented.
After being an Ane Rule fan for 30 years, I'm have repeatedly been dissatisfied by her recent "True Crime Files" collections. This book, like most in her 18 or 19 book series, is nothing more than a bunch of regurgitated, rehashed, uninteresting crimes from the 1960s and 1970s. All usually about low self-esteem women with no sense at all. WHO CARES?!? There are a kazillion felony crimes perpetrated in the past 20 years that Rule could use her previous outstanding research and insight (Scott Peterson, Sandra Smith, even OJ Simpson). Now all she's doing is proselytizing and preaching to a generation like us who is as savvy as she is about criminals. Before the advent of forensic shows on television, Anne Rule had this genre sewed up tight. But now, all of us are "armchair" Drs. Michael Badens and Henry Lees, blood splatter experts, document examiners, pathologists, and FBI phychological profilers. Rule claims in her bios to have been a former police officer. Yet my research shows that she couldn't even pass the eye test! EX-SQUEEZE ME?! My daughter is a cop with 10 years on the job and she never would have been accepted into the grueling 20 week training in police academy if she couldn't SEE! How could any rookie be issued a firearm with bad vision? Yet we've bought into her fake background for decades. She also claimed to have hung around the jail during summer breaks. Sounds like a "Badge Bunny" to me (a female who is attracted to male police officers, like gold-diggers after Lil Wayne or Justin Timberlake with 1% of the "baby mama payoff!). Since Ann Rule looks like an Oompah Loomp in drag , it's easy to see that she had to find some other avenue to insinuate herself into crime fighting. I have to give her props for choosing crime writing instead - she was the best in the game for a very long time. But these awful compilations are ruining her heretofore unprecedented hold in this genre. I've tried several of these collections but had to stop because I couldn't take her philosophying and her constant inserting herself in the stories like Ophra Winfrey does (You got lupus, suddenly Ophrah's got lupus; You were molested as a child, Oprah reveals thar she was molested also; You get trampled by a herd do buffalo.....I think you get my drift....) Rule is now in her late 70s and the quality of her recent mid-20th century "crime stories" being released in the 21st century shows how much out of touch she is with the real world. I keep buying Rule's books hoping that she will release one with her usual great writing and that it is an account of a crime which happened sooner than a half century ago. But, so far I've been disappointed repeatedly.
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