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If you could sum up Don't Look Behind You: And Other True Cases in three words, what would they be?
Gripping, compelling, fascinating
What other book might you compare Don't Look Behind You: And Other True Cases to and why?
Very similar to Ann Rule's other true crime novels. Cases are very engrossing and well researched and presented.
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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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