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In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth Hardcover – October 12, 2010

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Ann Rule is a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. She is a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectures frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations, including the FBI. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. A graduate of the University of Washington, she holds a Ph.D. in Humane Letters from Willamette University. She lives near Seattle and can be contacted through her website AnnRules.com.
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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416544607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544609
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!)

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138 of 160 people found the following review helpful By CCCPitt on October 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been an avid reader of Ann Rule's books since I was a teenager. I would eagerly await her new releases and rush out to the bookstore (or, later, the internet) to purchase them the day they were released. As much as I hate to say it, this book is a big disappointment. Not only is it sub-par for an Ann Rule novel, but it is sub-par for true crime novels in general. My impression having just finished this book is that she became emotionally invested in this case and developed a close personal relationship with the victim's (or alleged victim's, I suppose) mother. Perhaps her relationship clouded her judgment and Ms. Rule lost sight of what makes her novels so great (which begins with a compelling story and her well-written and unbiased telling of that story). While it is clear that the story told in this book is compelling, it really is not worthy of carrying an entire novel on its own. It would have been better-suited for one of Ms. Rule's 'short story' volumes. If you are a fan of true crime, and in particular of Ann Rule, this book will likely be a disappointment.
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84 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Aledo on October 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Well. First I must mention that I love Ann rule's books. She is a superb true crime writer. But this one deeply disappointed me---I couldn't wait to read it, but there is no suspense since we know at the outset that Rhonda is killed and no one knows who did it. Lot of speculation but no satisfying outcome. This book is really about Rhonda's mother. OK, Ms. Rule thinks Rhonda and her Mom are FABULOUS people. That is probably true but not enough to write an entire book about---something Ms. Rule is passionate about is not necessarily something readers will care about.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tami on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ann Rule is one of my most favorite authors of true crime. This story is spellbinding to me because I know the coroner involved and am from Lewis County Washington. I have been following the case regarding Ronda Reynolds since she was first killed. It is pretty plain to see it was not a suicide like the coroner has put on the death certificate. I'm so glad her mom has been fighting for justice. I do not see how Ron Reynolds can be the elementary principal in Toledo after reading this book. Ann Rule puts all the pieces together and I hope that someone comes forward with the truth and collects the $30,000 reward and the killer is free no longer.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ada on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have always been an Ann Rule fan and have all of her books. In my estimation, she's the best true crime writer. However, this book was a disappointment. It's a case in which nothing is resolved, except a mother's sucess in removing suicide from her daughter's death certificate. I found it rather dull, reading an entire book on this subject. I don't read true crime for the "blood & guts" but like to be able to get into the mind of the killer. I also enjoy the legal aspect, trials etc. This book has neither.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Sitting Room on January 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Ann Rule. I've read all of books and eagerly anticipated the release of her next one. As I turned the pages of "In the Still of the Night" I kept asking "When does it get good? Who tied Ann Rule up in a basement and wrote a book under her name?" I felt like Ann allowed herself to mistakenly judge a good story by her involvement with a character who became a good friend. In the same way home movies hold your attention if you love the people in them, I suppose this book was interesting to people closer to the principals in the story. But for the rest of us this was the equivalent of a home movie you watch to be polite out of respect for the host. Ann, please identify the next big crime - and give us back the dramatic, suspenseful, page-turning true crime novels we expect and love you for.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By true crime fan on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was not Ann's best work! She insterted herself way too much in the book and I agree with another post that whoever proofread this book needs more training! I have a lot of her books in my own personal library and love them. I borrowed this one from the public library and am thankful that I did. I would only be more disappointed if I had actually paid for it. This was not written in her usual style and while I appreciate that she and Barb Thompson are friends and collaborators, I think Ann should have removed her personal opinions and feelings from the telling of this story. There was even a picture of the two of them in the photo section of the book. As much as I did not like this book, I will continue to look forward to Ann's future books.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robbie R on October 31, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start by stating that I am a devoted Ann Rule fan that has read all of her books and this is my first disappointment. This is by far NOT the best of Ann's books. Somewhat tired tale of homicide disguised as suicide, with typical cast of characters ... jerk/weird soon-to-be exhusband, hateful step kids, incompetent small town police and victim's devoted mother fighting for justice. Not particularly original or interesting plot or characters. I only continued reading/skimming to the end just to learn "who did it" otherwise I would have put it aside unfinished. But alas, the worst thing about the book is that it leaves the reader hanging with absolutely no resolution other than the manner of death being changed to homicide ... no arrests, no trial, no conviction, just inuendo and suspicions. In fact it ends rather abruptly and unceremoniously. Such a let down after looking forward to a new book by Ann Rule :-((
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