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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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Ann Rule's "Green River, Running Red" is a fascinating and saddening account of the Green River Killer. In what becomes almost a homage to the dead, Ann Rule spends a lot of time on who the victims were and the circumstances that eventually led to their deaths. It is appalling that the killer eventually managed to kill 49 (and presumably more) young girls before getting caught. While the book is captivating, I personally would have preferred more details about the investigation. She does explain somewhat why it took so long to bring the killer to justice, and there is some delving into his background and the events that fuelled his hate and murderous rages, but for a police effort so large that took so much money and time I would have liked more insight into the politics and machinations of such a massive investigation. The long descriptions of the victim's lives and circumstances is as depressing as it is alarming- how could this go on for so long?
It is worth noting that the version I listened to was abridged; nevertheless it was engrossing enough that I spent the afternoon and evening listening to it in one session.
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