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The Stranger Beside Me


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THE DEFINITIVE WORK OF AMERICAN TRUE CRIME FROM "AMERICA'S BEST TRUE-CRIME WRITER" andlt;iandgt;(Kirkus Reviews)andlt;/iandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's andlt;iandgt;The Stranger Beside Meandlt;/iandgt; defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer — the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew — Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.


Now updated with a new chapter, the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling true crime writer tells the chilling tale of how she came to learn that Ted Bundy, her close friend and colleague at a Seattle crisis hotline, was in fact a savage serial killer.

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Ann Rule is the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. She is a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectures frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations, including the FBI. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She has testified before U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittees on serial murder and victims rights, and was a civilian adviser to the VI-CAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program). A graduate of

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Simone Larsell, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Simone Larsell)
This was the best book I read this year. I'm aware it's around 20 years old and nothing new to many people, but I picked it up this year when I spontaneously decided to give True Crime a chance. I may not have anything else in the genre to compare it to, but this was a gripping read. Truly terrifying, too, probably in part due to the simple fact that the crimes recounted took place in and around Seattle, on roads I've traveled, in parks I've visited, and so on.

The narrative jumps back and forth between author Anne Rule's accounts of the various crimes perpetrated in the area and her knowledge of what was going on in the life of her friend and coworker Ted Bundy. It builds slowly, perfectly, to her moment of realization, when she finally sees who Ted really is, when she finally connects the dots. Bundy's story is particulary fascinating in the simple fact that he was, to all eyes, a normal guy, an average Joe-- he really could be your neighbor, your coworker, your friend. It makes you wonder how much you really know about the people you think you know well...

I'm not a True Crime enthusiast--though I picked up Rule's book about the Green River Killer as well, but haven't gotten to it yet-- but this was a thrilling read and proved to be the page-turner of the year for me.
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Craig Ensz, March 29, 2010 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
It jumps off the pages at you and something tells you this cannot be true, but it is. As an investigative reporter, Rule gets scarily close to Ted Bundy, one of America's worst serial killers. You learn first hand how normal the insane mind can be in our society. It is a masterpiece of reporting and telling a story at the same time. It makes you wonder who might be out there.
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Rule, Ann
Pocket Books
Murder - Serial Killers
General True Crime
Serial murderers
Criminals & Outlaws
Criminals -- United States.
Serial murderers -- United States.
Crime - True Crime
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