• Green River, Running Red

  • The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Michele Pawk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 10-10-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.0 (234 ratings)

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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.
©2004 Ann Rule; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Divison, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Kenji on 04-30-07

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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By Amazon Customer on 12-10-05

Captivating and Depressing

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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By Sarah on 07-07-16

breathtaking confession

Ann Rule tells this real crime story in a way that makes you want to find out more as quickly as possible and the confession of this serial killer of young women is breathtaking!

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