- Series: Ann Rule's Crime Files (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Second Printing edition (September 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671793543
- ISBN-13: 978-0671793548
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 160 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Belong to Me and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol. 2) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1994
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Rule (Everything She Ever Wanted) upholds her title as maven of the murder tale in this riveting second volume in her anthology series. Like A Rose for Her Grave, this collection consists of one book-length treatment and five shorter case histories from her true-crime files. Meticulous in her coverage, Rule demonstrates her signature, compassionate re-creation, when describing the numerous lives affected when Florida highway patrolman Tim Harris obsessively stalked his wife and then raped and murdered a female driver near I-95. Operating on many levels, it can be read as the psychological profile of a man for whom a wife was simply another possession or as a wonderfully detailed police procedural, complete with frustrating false leads and a brilliantly inspired interrogation scene. In each of the subsequent cases, Rule shifts the focus slightly, concentrating on an entangled forensics puzzle in one, on a two-year missing-person search complicated by a psychic goose chase in another. Rule's considerable reporting skills and hindsight analysis make her a gifted cautionary guide through the hazards of human folly. Yet, as she admits in the chilling "Black Christmas," when a picture-perfect family can be brutally murdered due to an absurd misunderstanding, all the little red flags in the world may mean nothing. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Ann Rule wrote thirty-five New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she used her firsthand expertise in all her books. For more than three decades, she was a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lived near Seattle and passed away in 2015.
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I did like this book overall. The main case in the book (the story of the murder of Lorraine Hendricks in Florida) was interesting, and, as always in the case of Ann Rule books, a good reminder to be wary of people who are too charming and who exhibit controlling behavior. This first section was a fast read. As is normal for Rule, she gives, to the extent possible, an overview of the lives of the major players - the criminal, his long-suffering wife, the victim, and the detectives who handled the case. The author does a good job of making these sections readable, using foreshadowing where applicable, and giving us a real sense of how everyone's lives were affected. The last part (showing empathy and compassion for the victims and their families) is where I think Ann Rule rises above the pack of authors in this sometimes crappy true crime genre. She is respectful of the victims and less likely to go into extremely gruesome detail.
The only reason I am giving this four stars is because the other cases were a little bit lacking. ***Spoiler alert*** One case ended up not being a criminal case at all. However, the author still did a good job, in all the cases in this book, of letting the readers get to know the people who were affected by the cases.
One note: Since the first criminal we encounter in this book (Tim Harris, the criminal in the main case in the book) was a state trooper, several other reviewers have said that Ann Rule bent over backwards (to the book's detriment) to paint Tim Harris as a complete aberration in the criminal justice field. Rule herself was a policewoman at one point and does make an effort to explain the hardships faced by police officers and government prosecutors. But I did not feel as though she "bent over backward" to show that Tim Harris was an outlier. Rather, she explained how he used his power to trap his victim. I did not get the impression that she was trying too hard to convince the readers that, aside from this isolated case, the police can never be involved in criminal activity. She did comment that Harris made the profession look bad, but I don't think that's an unreasonable assertion.
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