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Ann Rule

The Stranger Beside Me


Stranger Beside Me Usually ships in 24 hours Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1996
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About the Author

As many of you may already know, Ann Rule writes true crime stories. She is known by some as the "queen of true crime." Many of her books are bestsellers due to her talent at vivid description, meticulous detail, and drawing the reader into the tale (they are page-turners!)

The stories she tells are often of people who seem normal on the outside, yet there is something very wrong with them (the criminals) and of people who could be your brother or girlfriend (the victims.) They are also about the police and other lawmen and their often nearly impossible task of bringing justice to tragedy.

I have read nearly all of her books, and enjoyed them all. Yet I still think the first book I read was the best- that was The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. She captured Bundy's truly psychotic personality, and she had a personal investment in that story since she knew Ted as an acquaintance (and never suspected he was a killer.) Read on for more books and reviews!


Possession : A Novel ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1997
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This is not typical Ann Rule fare... it's not true crime, but it reads like it in most ways. Rule retains her matter-of-fact writing style and insight into complex characters to craft a compelling story

A Rage to Kill : And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, 6) ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1999
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You will recognize several of the stories in the book, however you may not recognize the lead story as the title story, because it is not titled 'A Rage to Kill', rather it is titled 'A Bus to Nowhere.' There is actually no story in this book with the title 'A Rage to Kill'. Despite this minor confusion, the book is excellent and will have its readers exclaiming in shock, "How could this happen?!" And Rule does her best to answer this question regarding several senseless crimes.
The lead (and longer) story is about the Seattle city bus driver that was fatally shot by a stranger, sending the bus plunging off the Aurora Bridge and into an apartment building. As usual, the tales are chilling and made even more so by Rule's straightforward, detailed reporting.
A quote from the book: "Quietly, Wilder withdrew savings from his bank account, using some of the money to purchase a 1973 Chrysler New Yorker with low mileage... And then he left South Florida far behind. He may have had nothing left to lose, but Chris Wilder intended to make a large and horrible statement. (p. 201, "Portrait of a Spree Killer," A Rage to Kill.

A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
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Small Sacrifices ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
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Another eery Ann Rule book. The book starts, as many of her books do, with the senseless and tragic event that spurred the case- in this case, a mother whose three children were shot at close range and critically wounded (in one case fatally) by a mysterious stranger.
As the case is unfolded before us, we begin to agree with the conclusion of the District Attorney and others- that the mother shot the children in some convoluted, self-serving plot that may have been intended to win back her lost 'love'. (Can a person like this even know what love is?)
A representative quote from the mother, Diane Downs: "'I even wrote in my book [diary], Lew, I think I love the kids more than you.'"

Small Sacrifices : A True Story of Passion and Murder ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1989
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And Never Let Her Go : Thomas Capano, the Deadly Seducer ~ Usually ships in 24 hours

Ann Rule, Anne Rule / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1999
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And Never Let Her Go : Thomas Capano, the Deadly Seducer ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1999
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Bitter Harvest ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1999
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Bitter Harvest : A Woman's Fury, a Mother's Sacrifice (Cassette, abridged) [ABRIDGED] ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule, Mary Beth Hurt (Narrator) / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1998
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Dead by Sunset : Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1996
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Dead by Sunset : Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? [ABRIDGED] ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule, Sharon Gless (Narrator) / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1995
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The End of the Dream : The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files , Vol 5) ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1999
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The End of the Dream : The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases (Thorndike Large Print Mystery Series) [LARGE PRINT]
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1999
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Everything She Ever Wanted ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1993
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A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases : And Other True Cases (Crime Files, Vol 3) ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1996
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The I-5 Killer ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1989
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The I-5 Killer (Thorndike Large Print Mystery Series) [LARGE PRINT] ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Andy Stack, Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 2000
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If You Really Loved Me : A True Story of Desire and Murder ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule, Julie Rubenstein (Editor) / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1994
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In the Name of Love : And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series , Vol 4) ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1998
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Lust Killer ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule, Andy Stack / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1995
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The Want-Ad Killer ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule, Andy Stack / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1999
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You Belong to Me and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, Vol 2) ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule, Julie Rubenstein (Editor) / Mass Market Paperback / Published 1994
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Beauty of Seattle
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1992
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Bitter Harvest : A Woman's Fury, a Mother's Sacrifice ~ Usually ships in 24 hours
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1998
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Bitter Harvest : A Woman's Fury, a Mother's Sacrifice (G K Hall Nonfiction Series (Large Print)) [LARGE PRINT]
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1998
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Dead by Sunset : Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? [ABRIDGED]
Ann Rule, et al / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1995
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Empty Promises
Ann Rule / Paperback / Published 2000
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Everything She Ever Wanted : A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder and Betrayal [ABRIDGED]
Ann Rule / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1999
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Everything She Ever Wanted : A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder and Betrayal [ABRIDGED]
Ann Rule / Audio Cassette icon / Published 1992
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In the Name of Love (Large Print Edition) [LARGE PRINT]
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1998
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A Rage to Kill : And Other True Cases (G K Hall Large Print Nonfiction Series) [LARGE PRINT]
Ann Rule / Hardcover / Published 1999
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