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A different kind of True Crime murder mystery--and it works,
This review is from: In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (Hardcover)
I've only met one certified murderer in my life, Diane Downs. Beautiful blue (I think I recall the color) eyes. Did I say beautiful blues? I meant cold. But even though I lived in San Francisco during the Zodiac killings, in L.A. during the Hillside Strangler killings, worked in Pierce County during the Green River Killings, and in Eugene, OR when Downs shot her 3 children, I have not been a true crime reader until recently. IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT is different from the run of the mill. No psychopath/sociopath gets his/her come-uppance at the end. In fact no one is ever charged, let alone tried or convicted. So how does Ann Rule handle it? Masterfully. I am convinced of her premise: a murder took place and the killer or killer is/are still out there. The reader is sure whodunit, then not so sure, then.... And then Ann makes the case/for against each major suspect, leaving you to decide, as the authorities (what a laugh in this case) ever reopen the case. A well constructed tale; no cheating the reader with false paths. A bit padded, hence the 4 stars, but recommended.