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I've read just about every true crime book by Ann Rule over the past decades. Always well-researched and interesting, Rule's books were worth reading over and over again. However her more recent compilations have fallen way below her high standards. Often rambling and repetitive, Rule's books are better abridged when purchased as audiobooks. While she goes into deep detail about info that millennium readers have learned from television crime shows (like DNA, lividiity, blood cast-off patterns, etc.), she leaves us in the dark on more obscure items or terms.
I noticed that this book had just 1 star from only one reader and no written reviews. I usually choose my books based on the ratings and reviews. Thinking the low recommendation was only an aberration, I bought the book anyway. WRONG MOVE!!! I can't even describe what a mess this book is. Just a bunch of comparatively minor unknown crimes, seemingly plucked from newspapers' page 4 Local section, these offerings are neither interesting or compelling. I stopped listening after the first 2 stories. You know you've been hoodwinked when a writer like Ann Rule publishes a simple unsolved possibly arson death and offers human spontaneous combustion as manner of death - and then it is only a MAYBE!!
I know Rule is in her late 70s and may not be as sharp as when she did the "Capote-'In Cold Blood'" immersion with serial killer Ted Bundy almost 30 years ago, but her editor, publisher and Audible.com should have realized that this book is no more than an unorganized throw-away - the kind of book one keeps on the toilet tank to read when there is absolutely nothing else to study except the active ingredients in Pine-Sol!!! 😡👎
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