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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (June 7, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451166876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451166876
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ann Rule has drawn on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America’s top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she has lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She has also serves as a consultant to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VI-CAP), which is used to track and apprehend violent criminals. Her bestselling books, Lust Killer, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, and Small Sacrifices, are available in Signet editions.

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Story was very well written.
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Jerry Brudos was able to fool those around him into thinking he was an O.K. guy, a good husband, and gifted electrician.
Kathleen E. Coleman
Super detail and a very good book that is hard to put down once you start reading it.
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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By James on December 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again, Ann Rule proves why she is one of the best. "Lust Killer" is a concise and insightful look into the life and crimes of serial killer Jerome Brudos. But more than that, it is a chilling look into the often forgotten realm of victimology. Think you're safe when you go to the mall at high noon? Read this book. Think a man who looks like a big dumb teddy bear can't possibly be a threat to you? Read this book. Think a chance encounter with some stranger in a typical middle-class neighborhood is no big deal? Read this book. Oh, and one more thing . . . be ready to look over your shoulder the next time you go shopping.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 30, 2005
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One of the most frightening aspects of this true-crime story is that theoretically, the serial killer, Jerry Brudos could be released back into the community. He's been in the Oregon State Penitentiary for over twenty years now, manufacturing leather key fobs, collecting women's shoe catalogues, and keeping the prison's computer network humming. If he does get his freedom, no one should be surprised if he starts collecting women's shoes again--with the feet still in them.

I found "Lust Killer" to be one of Ann Rule's most disturbing books, not in the least because a young, door-to-door encyclopedia saleswoman was Jerry Brudos's first murder victim. Usually I can distance myself from serial killer victims, telling myself that I would never allow myself to get in a situation like that, e.g. hitching a ride on the freeway. However, I did sell encyclopedias door-to-door while I was working my way through college, and yes, our bosses insisted that we wear high heels. If I'd been flogging my books in Oregon, my foot might have ended up in Brudos's freezer, too.

Ann Rule, a former policewoman writes about the victims with a compassion that sometimes ventures over the border into cliché. Many are described as stunningly beautiful, innocent, soft-spoken, harmless, well-loved, kindhearted creatures who would certainly have qualified for sainthood if their lives had not been cut tragically short. One good lesson does come out of this book though: the author emphasizes that the victims who fought got away. The ones who yielded or tried to talk their way out of captivity, died a gruesome death.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mcgivern Owen L on February 2, 2001
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"Lust Killer" is the best of the 7 Ann Rule books I have read to date. Set (once again) in "peaceful" Oregon, it tells the story of Jerome Brudos, an absolute Wacko of a "small time" serial killer. "LK" is notable for its brevity and compactness. The author does a first rate job of concentrating the plot, which never wanders or digresses into backgrounds, geographical descriptions, or introductiuons of minor characters as do some of her later works(see "And Never Ler Her Go"). There are no wasted pages in "LK". This is the perfect place for a reader to test Ann Rule to see if (s)he likes her. My guess is that the author passes with flying colors. AR fans need not think twice, this one is a no brainer. The story is so compact that the reader can even break the "Ann Rule rule" and view the few centerfold photos without telegraphing the ending. Another amazon reader e-mailed me with the thought that Brudos and Diane Downs of "Small Sacrifices" would make a great couple. Read both and see if you agree. Question: Why do the streets and subways of New York City seem safer than Oregon?
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen E. Coleman on January 14, 2000
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Ann Rule weaves the double life of Jerry Brudos beautifully into a tapestry of pre-modern forensic science. Before the days of DNA testing,psychological profiling and victim awareness, Ann Rule gives a clear, concise look into the mind of a psychopath. Jerry Brudos was able to fool those around him into thinking he was an O.K. guy, a good husband, and gifted electrician. He kept his wife in the dark about his bizaare sexual/murderous crimes, while continuously being on the move to stay ahead of the law. A big, homely man, he nevertheless was able to convince many smart, beautiful women that he was safe to be with. It's an eye-opener to the real dangers in life. Our mothers were right when they said, "Don't talk to strangers." Listen to your inner voice and stay safe.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
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I loved this book. Ann Rule writes so that you feel as though you are there. The book begins with a recitation of the events as the police learned them; then after the killer was arrested, his confessions and the evidence gathered during searches provides unbelievable detail. Unless you already know the story of Brunos, you won't believe what happens, even after he's sentenced and in prison. This book is a strong message to everyone, especially young women, to be aware of your surroundings!
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Munoz on May 24, 2000
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This was a book that I borrowed from a friend..come to think of it...I still have the book (oops) Anyhow....this was a good book written around the time Rule was making a name for herself as Andy Stack. I read this twice. A sadistic monster responsible for the disappearance of beautiful young women who had full lives ahead of them, and would no doubt have been successful had fate not thrown them in Jerry Brudos' path. Thier thin, beautiful fragile bodies were no match for this physically built stong LUST KILLER...this book made me rethink about going out alone, and thanks to one couragous girl in this story...I learned a thing or two....
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