- 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: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 238 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Publishers Weekly
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.
From Library Journal
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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If I were awarding stars strictly on the murder case itself and how interesting it was, this would get 4 or 5 stars; but having to grade the book based on the author's presentation, I was somewhat generous in giving it 3.
I used to read Ann Rule's books decades ago and have great admiration for her background. That said, this book (like many of her previous ones) comes across as if it went straight from her computer to the published piece, with absolutely NO editing! So many of the scenes and facts are repeated within a few pages that I found myself hitting my 'next page' button over and over without having to read what was there beyond the first few words. It's as if she played around with different presentations of each person and/or situation and left them all in her submitted manuscript for her editor to pick and choose from, and the editor didn't bother to read it. I truly believe that the repetitions account for at least a third of the book and, except for the strange and sad circumstances of the crime holding my attention, I would have given up out of frustration before getting halfway through it.
Ann Rule certainly has the ability and the 'chops' to recount true crime stories, and I can't imagine that she would give her editor an ultimatum to not do their job...but this brought back to me the very reason I stopped reading her books. If it made it to Kindle this way, I would have to assume that it is also like this in the printed version(s) that came before this.
(Not counted toward the number of stars I gave it, but I saw another review that commented on the difference in quantity of the photographs included in the printed book vs the Kindle, with the printed book having many more. While I was glad to find the Kindle version did contain photos, I am unhappy to find that we Kindle-heads were shortchanged -- not only in the number of photos, but in the fact they come through so small that the captions are all but unreadable and the details in the shots are not at all clear. Please, Amazon and publishers, step up to the plate and give ALL your readers ALL the contents of the original versions when they go to Kindle format! I had to resort to going to the "Look Inside" feature for the paperback in order to actually SEE what was in the photos.)
The best remaining episodes were "The Highway Accident" about a staged murder that almost gulled the Oregon Law and "Murder Without a Body". MWB is set in the rural northwest sector of the Beaver State. The perp murders an attractive co-worker and disposes of her body. That act raised the bar for the prosecution considerably.
The other four chapters are perfectly acceptable but there is no real soul in them. FH is simply not one of the authoress' best works. It may be passed over by non-Ann fans. True believers are on safe ground here. FH is still Ann territory. The uninitiated are encouraged to try the best of Ann's early, tried and true full-length novels: "The I5 Killer", "The Want Ad Killer" and "The Stranger Beside Me".