Gear: Green River, Running Red


Green River, Running Red

Free Press
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: True Crime
Price: $9.95
Average Rating:
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Veteran crime writer Ann Rule is uniquely qualified to chronicle the grisly career of Gary Ridgeway, the man convicted of being the "Green River Killer," the most prolific serial killer in American history. Not only is she one of the more successful true-crime authors, but for nearly 20 years, Rule was exceptionally close to the case, reporting on it for a Seattle newspaper, preparing a long-delayed book on the subject, and living within a few blocks of the strip of highway where most of Ridgeway's victims were abducted. In Green River, Running Red, Rule lends unique humanity to the string of murders that haunted the Seattle area throughout the '80s and '90s by exploring the lives of the dozens of young women who fell into prostitution and were ultimately murdered. Similarly, she catalogues Ridgeway's troubled and bizarre life in such a way that the reader becomes uncomfortably familiar with Ridgeway, although it's never truly clear what drove him to commit such heinous crimes. Along the way, she traces the decades-long struggle of the law enforcement officials assigned to the case as they tracked down countless leads, questioned innumerable suspects, and explored multiple theories that came up empty before finally cracking the case through a series of technological advancements and a little luck. But the most disturbing aspect of the Green River killings (named for where the first victims were found) is how they occurred in relatively plain sight, with Ridgeway, seemingly living an unremarkable life, dwelling and working within a few miles of where his lengthy killing spree took place and evading capture for years. Rule skillfully weaves herself into her account, relating the psychic and cultural impact of the case as it evolved, but she never takes the spotlight off Ridgeway, his eventual captors, and the women who died at his hands.

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    leomemorial, Tue, 29 Jan 2008 02:03:48 UTC.
    1st review

    I'm not a huge Ann Rule fan however thsi book was exceptional.

    She has pictures of the prostitutes and truly writes telling their stories, what it was like out on the streets, the killer Ridgeway's demented life, and how law enforcement were frustrated when it took a very long time to crack thsi case.

    Rule shifted through 95,000 pages of official LE records, transcripts, pictures, etc.

    Great book.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 11 Feb 2008 03:56:24 UTC.

    Ann Rule is my Favorite author. I own a lot of her books and hope to some day be able to say I have read everything she has written!

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    Maguai, Mon, 18 Feb 2008 17:34:08 UTC.

    I like to read. I liked this book!

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    Andrea_99, Sun, 24 Feb 2008 05:41:42 UTC.

    I liked this book-very engaging.

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    egpddisp, Sat, 01 Mar 2008 06:39:35 UTC.

    The first book I read by Ann Rule, very well written and opened up a new addiction for me. Ann Rule!!!

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    micheleaponte, Thu, 10 Apr 2008 23:53:13 UTC.

    I have many of Ann Rule's books. I love them.

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    Karefull13, Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:55:02 UTC.

    If you have not read it.... READ IT! And if you do not like to read then get the CD! It is GREAT!!!!

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    Anonymous, Sun, 15 Jun 2008 19:07:01 UTC.

    Excellent read!!!!

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    MCSO_D12, Tue, 15 Jul 2008 06:03:25 UTC.

    Great read. Ann does a great job on all her books.

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    bad_LT, Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:07:07 UTC.

    I have read several of her books in the past and like her writting style. I was living in the Seattle area during the time period that this took place and remember reading about it in the newspaper. I am going to get this book the first change I can get to the book store and look forward to reading it.

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    Hisrat, Mon, 04 Aug 2008 01:06:58 UTC.

    Excellent as always!! Ann Rule investigates and lives her writings, she is very thorough and by the time you finish you feel as though you know the subjects. Informative and in depth, i couldn't put the book down.

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    thardage, Fri, 29 Aug 2008 06:50:02 UTC.

    She is one of us, she writes like a friend at work telling a story. I love all her books!

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    lemo, Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:46:18 UTC.

    Interesting topic but a little hard to read

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    RB106, Wed, 18 Feb 2009 08:26:33 UTC.

    I have read and own many Ann Rule books. This was actually one of my favorites. RB")

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    Faye_Cat91, Sat, 04 Apr 2009 02:46:20 UTC.

    I like reading about the "Green River Killer"..
    it's a very sad case..but interesting

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    CatherineGuy, Tue, 12 May 2009 14:03:55 UTC.

    Great book

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