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Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: Ann Rule's Crime Files Volume 16 Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Ann Rule's Crime Files (Book 16)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; a edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451648286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451648287
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (429 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

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I am an author of true-crime books, and I'm now working on my 25th and 26th: NO REGRETS and TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE. I have lived in the Seattle Area for many years. Before that, I grew up in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and lived in Texas, Oregon, and near Niagara Falls, N.Y. I always wanted to be a police officer--because my grandfather was a sheriff in Michigan. I joined the Seattle Police Department when I was 21, worked a year and a half, but then I couldn't pass the eye test. After five years of rejection slips, I finally sold my first article for $35! Soon, I found my niche when I began writing for the fact-detective magazines like TRUE DETECTIVE in 1970, and I wrote more than a thousand homicide cases, and went to hundreds of trials. My first book, THE STRANGER BESIDE ME, was about Ted Bundy, but, amazingly, I had the book contract to write about an unknown killer six months before Bundy was identified as the "Ted Killer." And I had known him all along, and didn't realize it; he was my partner in the all-night shift at Seattle's Crisis Clinic! Oddly, I started out writing humor, but unless you are Erma Bombeck, Garrison Keillor, or Fanny Flagg or Dave Barry, it's hard to make a living. Now I write humor for fun and for my friends.

I graduated in Creative Writing from the U of Washington, with minors in criminology and psychology. I also have an AA degree in law enforcement, taking classes in crime scene investigation, arrest, search and seizure, crime scene photography and forensic science. I've lectured in seminars all across America to detectives, prosecutors, and even at the FBI Academy. My subjects have been serial murder, high profile offenders, and women who kill. I write two books every year--one hardcover single-case book, and one Ann Rule's True Crime Files original paperback. Although people tend to think I write only about the Northwest, I go wherever the cases are most interesting. I've written about murder cases in Florida, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Texas, Hawaii, and California, too.

I raised five children on my own--starting out with articles for baby care magazines, Sunday features, true confessions, and then "slicks" like Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. Now, my children are grown.

I like to keep in very close touch with my readers, and I'm able to do that with a weblog and a guestbook on my website pages at www.annrules.com This also gives readers a chance to talk with each other, and its' a pretty lively spot--as I'm sure this page will be.

To choose a book subject, I weed through about 3,000 suggestions from readers. I'm looking for an "anti-hero" whose eventual arrest shocks those who knew him (or her): attractive, brilliant, charming, popular, wealthy, talented, and much admired in their communities--but really hiding behind masks.

I'm a reader myself, and I always have several books going at once--one upstairs, downstairs, near the bathtub, in my car, and beside my hammock (in the summer, of course!)

Customer Reviews

The stories were very well written and I liked the format.
arthur ray mendez
I would recommend anyone who likes to read true crime stories should read Ann Rules books.to read all of her books.
schatziegirl
This is my first Kindle book, as have hard copies of the rest.
Sue Sherman

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116 of 126 people found the following review helpful By JTH on December 29, 2012
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I really like true crime books, (as well as ID television.) This book is interesting - the style of true crime writing is different from fiction - and for some reason, even different authors writings on true crime "feel" quite a bit alike. (I like to find myself lost in this type book on an inside afternoon...and yet, I am completely mindful that these stories are only available for reading because something really bad happened to someone else!) In this book, I found myself making mental notes regarding safety and taking care in situations we too often take for granted. Good detail, and even on familiar stories, more than we got from the news. It's easy to read a bit at a time since there are various stories. ATTENTION, PUBLISHERS!!! When I purchase a book, if it's available on Kindle, I buy the Kindle version. I do NOT expect it to be missing parts of the book! Anyone truly interested in these real life stories, (and familiar with this genre from reading non-Kindle books over their years), will want to SEE the characters involved, and the building(s) - in the case of the one about the old hotel fire. It's NOT the same as fiction, where the characters are not real, and we are used to imagining them. These characters were or are real people, and since pictures are avaialable for them, (and included in the non-Kindle version of the book), I can see no reason to leave the photo section out of a Kindle book! Many Kindle books include photos! Does the $1.00 difference in Kindle price vs. paperback price really cost the photos? I'd rather pay the extra dollar and have the photos! BE NICE TO YOUR KINDLE READERS - THERE WILL BE MORE AND MORE OF US!
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By E.P. Brookshire VINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
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I am amazed at the amount of people who get on here a write a review of a book they have never read! I understand that this is Volume 16 in her "Crime Files" series so one could surmise that if you've read one, you've read 'em all. Not so; Volume 15 was pretty bad. It was rife with filler. This volume however is FAR superior and really back on par with her stellar writing. I was so surprised to see that her novella length case was the Susan Powell murder. Rule usually doesn't write about the sensational or cases that have spent time in the tabloids but I see here she had already promised Susan Powell's parents before the denouement of the boys' death had occurred. I understand she no longer wants to write about the death of children.

That said, this book contains two novella length stories including a lesser known one, the deaths of Becky Zahau and child Maxfield Shacknai. There are also some older cases included as well. There is a great deal of pictures in the paperback version: I noticed people said the Kindle had none. All that said and aside, I began reading Rule's books as a young teenager and they really woke me up as far as standing up for my rights as a female and never tolerating being treated like property by a man. I wish I would have read her sooner and listened more to her advice. I can see value in reading her books both for TC fans and if I had a young daughter, I would likely make her sit down and read some of her finer works as well.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By j.m.b. on January 8, 2013
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If I would have known there were no photos in this kindle book, I would have never purchased it for my kindle.From now on I will just buy the paperback.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 6, 2013
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I doubt that I'll finish it. Often, Ann Rule's books hold my attention from the start. This reads as a narrative of facts. I find my mind wandering to other things. A disapointment to me. Though I enjoyed some of Ms. Rule's things very much, i.e., "The Stranger Beside Me,", "Dead by Sunset," I doubt I will read any more of the crime files books. Perhaps they don't require the attention and commitment her full length books do.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By janemorris on January 17, 2013
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I am an avid Ann Rule fan! This is not at the top of my list of true crime books. Many were from the 70's and others were still I solved.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TruCrimeLuver on February 6, 2013
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I remember reading an interview that Ann Rule gave and in this interview she said that she did not like to write about stories that were big in the media...in other words wrote to death. Well, it seems as if that is exactly what she did this time....at least with one of the features. The other shorter stories are all old and not the least bit interesting. It seems as if Ms. Rule doesn't even try.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Michael Lavers on November 8, 2013
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I wish to comment specifically on the Rebecca Zahau case that is detailed in this book. I have always respected Ann Rule as a crime writer who not only understands the enormous pressure that law enforcement personnel are under to solve a crime as well as someone whose writing reflects compassion and empathy for the victims of crime.Further she is someone who has always seemed to be objective and a stickler for getting the facts rights(although after reading "Dare I Call it Murder' by the son of probable murder victim Loren Edwards I have my doubts about that now). However in the detailing of this case feel that she lacks objectivity. Her bias towards murder, rather than suicide in the death of Rebecca zahau is obvious to the reader who has researched other sources of evidence.

In this particular case two wonderful souls were taken far too soon from this world in mysterious circumstances,Rebecca Zahau and Maxfield Schaknai. It is important for all concerned that the truth be known, and this included ensuring that an open mind is kept to all possibilities. So Why does Ann focus so much of the book on detailing the murder hypothesis of Rebecca Zahau's death? Could it be anything to do with her friendship with Cyril Wecht? Or the fact that the same lawyer who has in the past represented Ann in defamation cases is now representing the Zahau family? Has this coloured her interpretation of events? Michael Baden an equally well respected medical examiner believes zahau's death was suicide but Rule fails to detail why he has come to this conclusion, she give this significant fact only ONE single sentence in her book! She does not detail that fact that all viable fingerprint evidence and DNA at the scene of Zahau's death did NOT come from another a second individual.
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