In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth

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FROM TRUE-CRIME LEGEND ANN RULE comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon—and a determined mother’s eleven-year crusade to clear her daughter’s name.

It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle to Spokane to visit her mother and brother and grandmother before the holidays. Ronda’s second marriage was dissolving after less than a year, her career as a pioneering female ...

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FROM TRUE-CRIME LEGEND ANN RULE comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon—and a determined mother’s eleven-year crusade to clear her daughter’s name.

It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle to Spokane to visit her mother and brother and grandmother before the holidays. Ronda’s second marriage was dissolving after less than a year, her career as a pioneering female Washington State Trooper had ended, but she was optimistic about starting over again. "I’m actually looking forward to getting on with my life," she told her mother earlier the night before. "I just need a few days with you guys." Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mother, who had met her daughter’s second husband only once before, was just happy that Ronda was coming home.

At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds called 911 and told the dispatcher his wife was dead. She had committed suicide, he said, although he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t know if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem was conducted. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the death scene nor attended the autopsy, declared the manner of Ronda’s death as "undetermined." Over the next eleven years, Coroner Wilson would change that manner of death from "undetermined" to "suicide," back to "undetermined"—and then back to "suicide" again.

But Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide. Neither did Detective Jerry Berry or ballistics expert Marty Hayes or attorney Royce Ferguson or dozens of Ronda’s friends. For eleven grueling years, through the ups and downs of the legal system and its endless delays, these people and others helped Barb Thompson fight to strike that painful word from her daughter’s death certificate.

On November 9, 2009, a precedent-setting hearing was held to determine whether Coroner Wilson’s office had been derelict in its duty in investigating the death of Ronda Reynolds. Veteran true-crime writer Ann Rule was present at that hearing, hoping to unbraid the tangled strands of conflicting statements and mishandled evidence and present all sides of this haunting case and to determine, perhaps, what happened to Ronda Reynolds, in the chill still of that tragic December night.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743599733
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 5
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann  Rule

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.

Blair Brown appeared on Broadway in Copenhagen (Tony Award) Cabaret, James Joyce's The Dead and Arcadia. Favorite film credits include Dogville, Continental Divide, and Altered States. On television, she starred in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and has appeared in countless mini-series and TV movies.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lowell, Michigan
    1. Education:
      Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Very disappointing

    I am a big Ann Rule fan,and this book does not deliver. Her style,as usual is stellar,but I expect resolution by the end of the story she has told. There is not only no resolution,but it is also extremely frustrating, because we know Ronda Reynolds' murderer and we know that he or they are walking free. I for one,do not want to read another story like this from Ann Rule unless there is closure at the end. Ann,I still love your writing and your meticulous research,not only of the main characters,but of every nuance of the story; the backdrop where the story takes place,the individuals' backgrounds,etc.There is no one better at what you do.Please give us closure in the next book!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2010

    I would recommend this if you are an Ann Rule fan

    I was intrigued with the story and Ann Rule's writing, as usual, was great. But she usually ends her books with some kind of closure or verdict. I am a huge Ann Rule fan, but it left me a bit unsatisfied because we do not have an answer, verdict or closure in the end.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Usual Good Writing by Ann Rule - Disappointed by Ending

    Ann Rule, as usual writes another very good true crime story. I was very surprised to find out by the end, that closure was not obtained fully by the mother. Very disappointing, but will continue to read Ann Rule, as long as her next novel has a wrap up.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Another Ann Rule classic!

    This book really puts you in touch with victims families but also adds all aspects of everyone involved. Another good read by my fav "Ann". :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

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    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Great story - I couldn't put it down

    I got so involved with the story of this mothers' struggle to find the truth of her daughters death that I didn't want to put my Nook down! Ann Rule is such a gifted writer and she makes all of her True Crime books read like novels. I want to know the 'end' of this story...who did kill Ronda???? Her mom deserves to know and justice must be served in this case.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Highly recommended

    If you are a true crime buff you won't want to put your Nook down. I have read just about everything that Ann Rule has written and, as usual, she didn't disappoint. She always delivers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Not every story has a happy ending

    I am very glad Ann wrote this book to help Barb Thompson gain a larger audience in her unending quest for justice for her daughter!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2011

    love it

    im a big ann rule fan. the only thing that kind of sucked was the ending. i totaly get why she wrote the book just wish there was more to the story. someone is responsible for the murder and i hope one fay her family will get justice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    Worth Reading

    I have read all of Ann Rules books and did not like this one as much as any of the others. Just wasn't suspensful. I do understand why she wrote the book, so everyone will know Rhonda Reynolds story and I believe it needed to be told.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    One of my favs

    I really couldnt put this book down ann rule did it again!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    $17.99 for an e-book!!!

    I don't think so! Especially for a book with the so-so ratings of this one. Sorry, Ann Rule.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Poorly researched

    For an Ann Rule book, short on facts long on emotion. Poorly written and belongs on the fiction shelf.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Not an ending?

    Is the ending left open? By a previous review I suspect I do not want to read the book. I love Ann Rule for bringing closure to all these horrible crimes. I gain satisfaction in knowing that there was justice. She also sometimes updates us on her website years later on her truth-based characters. I hope to see some more good reviews to convince me to buy.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Wanting more

    Wonderful book. Hope she has a follow up once this case is solved. Stupid of cops thinking she killed herself. Evidence shows and proves that Rhonda was murdered.

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  • Posted March 29, 2014

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    While this book may not have had the ending that readers expecte

    While this book may not have had the ending that readers expected, the book gives insight into the terrible case of Ronda Reynolds murder. Rule is compassionate in telling the story and gives justice to Ronda and her mother Barb even if the case hasn't been finished quite yet. I hope that Ann Rule will be able to finally set the record straight about the death. Moreover, I hope Barb gets the justice she deserves. Perhaps then Rule can finish the story that has captivated readers for the past 14 years. A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Disappointment

    If you like true crime then Ann Rule is your girl. I have read several of her books and found them riveting. But this one. not so much.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    I you are a fan of Ann any of her books are "must reads&q

    I you are a fan of Ann any of her books are "must reads"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Interesting story

    Not my favorite but decent. It's amazing to "hear" Ann's voice as she recounts the mysteries so I feel as if I'm a detective on the case.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Disappointing

    I have read all of Ann Rule's books. Usually it is a safe bet that the book will be interesting, informative and a bit educational. This book did not even have a point. I understand that Ms. Rule felt bad for the victim's mom, but that is not sufficient reason to write a book, hardcover no less. I pre-ordered the hardcover edition and was looking forward to a great read. Not only was I disappointed, I was angry. I had spent about $30 on a book that, at best, should have been a paperback. In the future I will not pre-order Ms. Rule's books. I will wait until they are published, go to the bookstore and read several chapters before I decide to invest the money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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