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No Regrets: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #11)

No Regrets: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #11)

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A ship's pilot legendary for guiding mammoth freighters through the narrows of Puget Sound, Rolf Neslund was a proud Norwegian, a ladies' man, and a beloved resident of Washington State's idyllic Lopez Island. Virtually indestructible even into his golden years, he made electrifying headlines more than once: after a ship he was helming crashed into the soaring


A ship's pilot legendary for guiding mammoth freighters through the narrows of Puget Sound, Rolf Neslund was a proud Norwegian, a ladies' man, and a beloved resident of Washington State's idyllic Lopez Island. Virtually indestructible even into his golden years, he made electrifying headlines more than once: after a ship he was helming crashed into the soaring West Seattle Bridge, causing millions in damages; and following his inexplicable disappearance at age 80. Was he a suicide, a man broken by one costly misstep? Had he run off with a lifelong love? Or did a trail of gruesome evidence lead to the home Rolf shared with his wife, Ruth? On an island where everyone thought they knew their neighbors, the veneer of the Neslunds' marriage masked a convoluted case that took many years to solve. And, indeed, some still believe that the old sea captain will come home one day. "The Sea Captain" is a classic tale as blood chilling as murder itself. Along with six other equally riveting, detailed accounts of destruction and murder committed without conscience or regret, Ann Rule takes readers into frightening places they never could have imagined in No Regrets.

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The criminal monsters featured in Volume 11 of Ann Rule's Crime Files could make Jack the Ripper shiver. This rogues' gallery includes depraved psychopaths and sociopaths who slaughter without conscience or remorse. Not recommended as bedtime reading.
Publishers Weekly
Prolific and talented true crime author Rule proves her warranted reputation as one of the genre's leading lights with the 11th entry in her Crime Files series. Two-thirds of the book is devoted to one case, the disappearance of an elderly sea captain from his quiet community of Lopez Island in Washington State. As with many of the stories recounted in previous volumes, Rule succeeds in pulling the reader into a mystery that was largely of local concern. With a novelist's skill, she brings to life the missing Norwegian mariner, Rolf Neslund, and his difficult marriage to Ruth Myers, who became the prime suspect after he vanished without a trace. Handicapped by the absence of a corpse, the local authorities, inexperienced in homicide inquiries, doggedly persisted over years until justice was won. The richness of this case does have the unintended effect of rendering the shorter sketches that follow-including the tale of a woman beaten into a coma, a murder victim found months after the fact and a young bank robber-less compelling, but few genre fans will complain; the Neslund case speaks for itself, as does Rule's skill as a storyteller. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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No Regrets

Ann Rule's Crime Files: Volume 11

By Ann Rule

Pocket Star

Copyright © 2006

Ann Rule

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743448758


Most of us have made decisions that we wish we could go back and change. Sometimes it is for something we have done and then again, we may regret something we should have done and didn't. "Conscience doth make cowards of us all," Shakespeare once wrote, and like scores of the Bard's quotes that have stood the test of time, this is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago. Even if we are the only ones who know our secrets, that little voice inside reminds us. That nagging voice brings back memories that are painful to people who have empathy for others' feelings and who do have consciences. But not everyone does. For some, yesterday is gone and entirely forgettable, the slate is wiped clean, and they never look back. Some of the most horrifying crimes I have ever chronicled were committed by people for whom another's life is no more important than that of a flea or a crushed rose.

In No Regrets, I write about a number of murderers who didn't feel at all sorry for what they did to further their own purposes, but I also tell some heart-wrenching stories of people who had profound regret. They could technically be called killers, although I believe they suffered more than their "victims." There are even a few cases here where one might say the so-called victims reaped grim rewardsthey deserved. Over the many years I have written about actual criminal cases, I have learned that there is nothing about any homicide that can be taken for granted. Just as human behavior is unpredictable, so are the many views of each murder. Like snowflakes, no two cases are just alike, and some are shockingly unique.

I have written more than a thousand articles and twenty-six books about murder. I have never forgotten any of them, although I must admit that sometimes names escape me. This is Volume 11 of my Crime Files series. Only those stories that have stood the test of time make the cut when I'm selecting cases.

That is true for "The Sea Captain," the book-length case that comes first, and for all the shorter cases that follow:

"It (Ain't) Hard Out There for the Pimps," "The Runaway and the Soldier," "The Tragic Ending of a Bank Robber's Fantasy," "A Very Bad Christmas," "To Save Their Souls," and "...Or We'll Kill You."

A few of these cases reduced me to tears, and, frankly, some frightened me. Even though a number of years have passed since I first heard their details played out in courtrooms, it hasn't been easy to live through them again. My own emotional reactions came tumbling back as I visited them once more, surprising me with their intensity. There are other cases here that I knew of, but had never before researched or written. And one came to me through an email after I had already started writing this book.

In the end, there were myriad motivations that sparked murder: greed, lust, jealousy, naked masochism, fulfillment of fantasy, insanity, and -- strangely -- even love.

Copyright 2006 by Ann Rule


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Meet the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

Brief Biography

Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1935
Place of Birth:
Lowell, Michigan
Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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No Regrets and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #11) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ann Rule's books and this has to be the worst. I have enjoyed all of her books in the past, however, this is one that I can not recommend to others. I think she was just looking for stories to fill the pages of the book. Yes, save your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No Regrets is excellent reading material. Much detail on all persons involved in the case of finding out what happened to the Captain. The persistance of all involved, from suspect to detectives, makes this a page turner. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many of her books, but have found this last one not up to her usual standards. The characters are not really people that I cared about and there were many inconsistencies in the story. It seemed that Ms. Rule needed to get another book in the pipeline and this was it. The first story titled 'The Sea Captain' was the longest and didn't hold my attention. The other ones were shorter and some were better than others. None of them had the date/ year of when the crime happened and that bothered me a lot. Seemed like she just found some older crime files to use as filler in the book. I hope that her next one holds my interest. My regret was that I bought the book instead of borrowing it from the library.
Annrule-Fan More than 1 year ago
Anyone who enjoys true crime stories will enjoy this book. Mrs. Rule tells the story of not just the side of the one who has done the crime but more important the victims side of the crime and their families who lived through the tragedy. I highly recommend all of her books,you won't put them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very poor. It was as if she pulled a few stories out of her file to write a quick book. Not up to her standards, i would not recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other two posters that this book seemed thrown together to satisfy her publisher's needs, not to shed light on anything that anyone would care about. More than any of her other books, I had the sense with this one that I was rereading some of her True Detective stories from the sixties, except without the bite. Zzzzz...Ann, normally you do 'rule' but not this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I liked this book I found it less compelling than Ann Rule's previous works, Her compassion for the victims does shine through though.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule brings back to life many compelling yet, heartbreaking stories. It's hard to imagine how cold and calculated some people can be. But, however hard it is to imagine, these cases are all too real. From a 65 year old woman to is suspected to be a heinous killer, to a kidnapping that no one knows what will happen, Ann Rule delivers. All of her books are well written and researched. What makes them better is that she has sat at these trials and done hours of interviews with people involved in the cases. That makes her work even better. As with all her books, I recommend this one as well.
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steelpride70 More than 1 year ago
I am all for true crime stories being told. But do you all realize that this book has pictures of a minor's crime scene? (And btw, the victim was 15 and not 16.) I haven't read the book, and I won't. I can't give it a rank lower than one star. Those pictures should never be allowed to be published, let alone be allowed to be in public libraries, etc. There is nothing wrong with the telling of true crimes, but exploiting the victims in that way is just wrong, especially when they are minors. The families deserve better than that, whether the pictures are a matter of public record or not! I have read that she tried to contact the family, but I don't believe she tried hard enough.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very well written. Ann Rule lets the reader into the mind and motivation of murderer. Her book is more about the why and result of crime than description of the gore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The tension and horror of the first story built relentlessly throughout. And before the horror starts, the author lets us really get to know the victim. The other stories are great too - appalling actually as you keep in mind they're REAL, not stories. Great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule's well-researched and effortlessly narrated tales of true crime are always compelling. 'No Regrets' is the latest (2006) in her collection of true crime short stories, though one of them may be considered book length. I especially love these short story collections because any one of them makes a thoroughly absorbing interlude that can easily be fit into one's day -- or tucked away and saved for a rainy day. I've read all of Ms. Rule's books and have yet to put one down from boredom. She hooks you right away and then carefully spins out her story. I recommend this and any other Ann Rule book or collection of crime stories to anyone who likes to be well entertained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because (in the main story) the author gave so much background about the victim, his very interesting life, and the setting where the crime took place - as well as detail about the crime and the investigation. The short stories were shocking and heartbreaking, but told with much sensitivity towards the victims and with analysis of the psychology of the various situations. Once you start this book, it's hard to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good read. This is one book I couldn't put down! Ann is at her very best. The Sea Captain was spellbounding. The bonus stories, at the end of the book, I found fasinating. No Regrets in buying this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written and obviously Ms. Rule put a lot of time into researching the stories. I would highly recommend this book to any fan of true crime stories, as well as any of the other books written by the very talented Ms. Rule.
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Ann Rule only enhances her reputation as the world's best true crime writer with her latest book, No Regrets. No other writer, true crime or otherwise, connects with her readers and draws us into the lives of the people she writes about like Ann. Her compassion shines through, as always, with each word she writes. We care because she cares. My only regret is that Ann can't write faster.