Green River, Running Red

  • by Ann Rule
  • Narrated by Michele Pawk
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. For 21 years, the Green River Killer carried out his self-described "career" as a killing machine, ridding the world of women he considered evil. His eerie ability to lure his victims to their deaths and hide their bodies made him far more dangerous than any infamous multiple murderer in the annals of crime.
A few men eventually emerged as the prime suspects among an unprecedented 40,000 scrutinized by the Green River Task Force. Still, there was no physical evidence linking any of them to the murders until 2001, when investigators used a new DNA process on a saliva sample they had preserved since 1987, with stunning results.
Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry of who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career.

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What the Critics Say

"Rule once again validates her standing as one of the pre-eminent chroniclers of modern serial murder....Perhaps her greatest achievement is bringing Ridgeway's victims to life as distinct individuals." (Publishers Weekly)
"Interweaving her individual profiles of the murdered women with the story of Ridgway and the officials who caught him, Rule gives full, heartbreaking emotional weight to what America's most notorious serial killer truly wrought." (Booklist)

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Pedestrian prose...

I've listened to some of the serial killer books, including Zodiac and BTK Killer, and I must admit that while Zodiac was fast-paced and a breeze to read, and BTK Killer almost novel-esque in its tone and writing style (literary, almost), this particular book was terribly pedestrian in its writing style. It appears that this author is popular (I like Stephen King, so nothing wrong with popular authors), but this book was simply a digest of this horrific killer's deeds and nothing more. It's like a bad magazine article that just goes on and on, or one of those uninformative segments on a 30-minute TV show that somehow wound up to be an unnecessary mini-series. I recommend the other two mentioned, and hope that someone else tackles this killer's story in a more meaningful fashion.
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- Kenji

Painfully Boring

This simply was not a good telling of the Green River killings. It would have been a much more interesting book had it focused a little on the investigation, but it dealt way too much on the lives of the victims. I did not mind that aspect, but since most of them had such similar life styles, the redundancy couldn't keep me awake. It is not the victims lives that makes this an interesting story, but rather that this maniac was so prolific at what he was doing and how it took over twenty years to finally arrest him. This seemed like a pretty novice attempt at writing. Perhaps somebody who is actually involved in the investigation will release a more interesting telling of the events in an audio format. This story deserves a better telling than this. I didn't read the book so perhaps it was better than this abridged version.
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- Bungalow Bill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-10-2005
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio