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A Fever In The Heart And Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume III Paperback – October 1, 1996

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From the premier writer of true crime comes A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases, the third volume in Ann Rule's Crime Files series. Here, she collects four cases that "subconsciously or inadvertently... share a common theme: personal betrayal. Since I am a great believer in the premise that we do nothing accidentally, it must be the right time to contemplate homicides that occur because the victim or victims have been betrayed by someone they have come to trust." Like her bestselling Dead by Sunset, A Fever in the Heart is scheduled to be made into an NBC-TV miniseries currently scheduled to air in May 1997. (Pocket, $6.99, 480p, ISBN 0-671-79355-1)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Crime writer Rule has produced another gripping compilation of true-crime stories, all set in Washington State in the 1970s. Her themes are of personal betrayal and sexual predators. The title story tells of an obsession fueled by jealousy and lust, ultimately leading to death and the ruination of many lives. After his wife left him, beloved high school coach Gabby Moore became obsessed with the wife of a former student and friend, Morris Blankenbaker. Morris's wife, Jerilee, began a relationship with Gabby that deteriorated as the alcoholic Gabby's behavior became increasingly erratic. She returned to Morris, who was soon found murdered, but Gabby, the most likely suspect, had an airtight alibi. Other stories also tell tales of obsession, lust, murder, secret lives and false identities, and sexual depravity. A welcome addition to true-crime collections; highly recommended.
Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671793551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671793555
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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!)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Munoz on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book , I was in the used bookstore looking for a any true crime book I had yet to read (of which there are few). I am SOOO glad I bought this book. The story seemed soo far fetched had I not been in the true crime section when I bought it...I might have thought it a new fiction thriller! The charachters are well researched, and the details so crisp and vivid. I actually closed my eyes a few times imaginging the scene like I was there ! If you want a good book , that contains a few other stories about 'fevers in the heart' I'd HIGHLY suggest this book. You wont be disappointed...
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kippoe VINE VOICE on March 17, 2013
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Yes this is a great book, one of those book you open up just to get a taste of it and then you find yourself completely engrossed in the story. Then when the first story was over you just could not still put it down. The first story is the main meat of the book taking up at least 70% of the book and the 5 bonus stories are just as good but not as detailed but glad to have them included.

Ann Rule really knows how to write True Crime, she hooks you and unfolds it to you in a mystery making you follow the case like it is unfolding in front of you.

I just want to say i'm thrilled to see these Case File books are coming to the Kindle even though i have most of them also in paperback I find reading on a Kindle is so much more engrossing, but with that said I have One complaint. Yes this ebook has some of the photos included in the original release but the point is SOME OF THEM. The paperback includes photos not in the ebook and one of the photos was a key photo to include because it was a piece of artwork even mentioned in the txt of the story.

I know ebooks are still coming to age but come on put the effort into giving us what we pay for this is an actual publisher putting this out, you can even do more with ebooks than you can with print why scrimp?

Is this book worth having on Kindle? Yes but please publishers take the time and give the book in the best presentation.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Shepherd on April 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
"A Fever in the Heart" was the most astonishing, haunting book I have ever read. Ms. Rule's prose style is so understated that one wonders how it is that one begins to see the unfolding of these dark events in a way that is almost like a film documentary. The book was almost searing in its intensity, and the little touches -song lyrics of the day, descriptions of the foilage in Washington in different seasons - draw one into the plot in a most curious manner. She is indeed a master, although truth be told she has found a way to coax her stories into telling themselves. More stories, Ann!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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Ann Rule is the # 1 true crime writer. I have read many true crime books by other authors but none of them compare to Ann Rule. She tells you everything about the crime, the killer & the victims. I have every book she has ever written & will keep buying her books. Thanks Ann for being the best.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Slick Willie on August 6, 2012
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I've just recently found out about this book. I'm from Yakima Washington and Graduated from Davis H.S. in 69. I knew everyone in the book . A great read and excellent research. Thanks for a book well written.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MAVERICKMAGIC@MSN.COM on July 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was my first ANN RULE ( I'm hooked ) Ann writes as if she were somewhere above watching the scene develop. You come to feel as if you knew these people. I was so caught up in the story....I drove to Yakima and retraced the route....then reread the book. Much of what Ann tells you can still be found today....even the people living in the house today are very friendly and were nice enough to let me look around and take pictures...maybe they did look at me as a strange duck as I drove away. After this adventure I am trying to do the same with all of her books. She writes in such detail as to make the areas come alive again...so many years later.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel M Begaye on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Once again Ann Rule, a great storyteller and writer on the horrific detail, tells a story on a perfect murder. So perfect that any detective can agree with. Theres no such thing as a perfect crime that are in all fictional mysteries. An experienced homicide detective investigates an unexplained death with only blood,and no body. An incredible story that sheds light on a marriage that seemed happy, but lead to a betrayal. Also the author of the story made it so exciting for a reader to read, like adding a serial killer in the story. This story is like a murder waiting to happen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ex-cop and serial killer expert Ann Rule isn't a profound writer. She tells the same story over and over again with new victims and grisly variations on the way a human being can die. I suppose there's nothing profound about me either, since I read her stories. But it's a relief to know that no matter how badly my life is behaving, I'm profoundly better off than the victims of Rule's psychopaths.

The title story, "A Fever in the Heart" is 245 pages long, and the author admits she had a problem writing it, possibly because she was so close to one of the victims. My impression is that she also blames one of the other victims for causing the whole affair.

Briefly, two high school coaches are in love with the same woman, who marries one then divorces him and marries the second coach, then returns to husband #1 who is promptly murdered. It seems like a fairly straightforward case, since only coach #2 had a motive to kill coach #1. Then the prime suspect is also murdered.

"A Fever in the Heart" is an interesting mystery with good police-work, and sad, intricate relationships between the victims. However, I believe it is about 220 pages too long. Possibly because the author was so involved in the story, she tells it over and over again, each time in a slightly different way, but not different enough to hold my interest.

The other five cases included in this volume are as follows:

"The Highway Accident"--A man murders his wife and tries to make it look like an automobile accident.

"Murder without a Body"--"Oregon's last murder conviction in which the body was never found was in 1904." Then a lovely, young teacher disappears, leaving behind lots of blood but no corpse. The prosecutor decides to go ahead with the case, anyway.
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