True crime is a popular genre that gives readers a chance to trace the developments of crimes that actually occurred. Recent news for fans of the genre, however, reveals that Ann Rule, the most famous author of her genre, has died at age 83. She is the author of many books, including the book that launched her career in the 1970s: "The Stranger Beside Me," which chronicled the Ted Bundy case. If you wish to discover Ann Rule for the first time, or revisit some your favorite books by her, we've got plenty to choose from.
Here are a selection:
- The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Classic Story of Seduction and Murder — This is the story of one of the most fascinating killers in American history--of his magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of helpless victims. It is also the story of Ann Rule, a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass murderer. Little did she realize that the "Ted" the police were seeking was the same Ted Bundy who worked with her at a Seattle crisis clinic, a man who had become her close friend and confidant. Twenty years after it was first published, remains a gripping, explosive true-crime classic.
- Lying in Wait and Other True Cases — Ann Rule presents another collection of fascinating and disturbing true-crime stories. In these chilling true stories, Ann Rule reveals the dark underside of the American family unit—together and torn apart. Her unforgettable accounts will intrigue you, and once again prove the obvious: that Rule is "America's best true-crime writer" ("Kirkus Reviews").
- Practice to Deceive — Rule unravels a shattering case of Christmastime murder off the coast of Washington State presented with the clarity, authority, and emotional depth that Rule s readers expect. It’s a case with enough drama, greed, sex, and scandal to be called The Real Housewives of Whidbey Island, but this was not reality television. This was murder: pure, cruel, ugly, and senseless. And someone had to pay the price.
- In the Still of the Night — Examines the mysterious death of Ronda Reynolds on a December night in 1998, the coroner's investigation that determined the death was a suicide, and the eleven-year battle by Ronda's mother to establish that the case had been mishandled by the coroner.
Too late to say goodbye
— From America's #1 true crime writer comes her most engrossing book ever: A 14-year saga of treachery, jealousy, and murder, about two women who learned the truth too late about Dr. Bart Corbin of Atlanta.