In this provocative and eye-opening classic of investigative journalism, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews), Ann Rule, explores the nearly twenty-year long search for America’s most prolific and horrifying serial killer.
In 1982, the body of Wendy Coffield is discovered floating near the sandy shore of Washington’s Green River. Authorities have no idea that this tragic and violent death is only the beginning of a string of murders that will rock and terrify the Seattle area for two decades.
With her signature riveting prose and in-depth research, Ann Rule takes us behind the scenes of the search for the Green River Killer, a terrifying specter who ritualistically killed young women and eluded authorities for years. From seeking the help of incarcerated serial killer Ted Bundy to Ann Rule’s horrifying realization that the killer she was writing about had attended her book signings, Green River, Running Red is the suspenseful and unforgettable “definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades” (Publishers Weekly).
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The definitive GRK book
I real a lot of true crime and Ann Rule in particular and this is as good as it gets in my opinion.
Rule does something that most do not: she treats the victims with respect by telling you about their lives before their death moments, and paints a picture through them of the time that they were living in, the areas where they were living. This is a nice contrast to a lot of the field which dwells only on the killer and the perpetrator and his/her crimes.
In addition this is certaily the definitive history of a very interesting serial killer case. Similar to "The Stranger Beside Me" in that 1. Rule lived near the crime area 2. She knew the detectives involved and was involved with the crime from the beginning.
True crime must read.
Reading one chapter is sufficient. Very repetitive chapter after chapter of same theme. Maybe someone living in the northwest who knows roads and streets can make some sense of different chapters.
Unbelievably boring, annoying narrator
I could have sworn I’d purchased a book about the Green River killer, but apparently I bought full biographies of every one of his victims and every officer even vaguely associated with the case.
At least the narrator sounds like an octogenarian with a speaking voice so “posh” that she might as well have a speech impediment.
Last time I’ll ever purchase a book written by Ann Rule or narrated by Barbara Caruso.