The Stranger Beside Me

The Stranger Beside Me

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by Ann Rule
     
 

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Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted

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Utterly unique in its astonishing intimacy, as jarringly frightening as when it first appeared, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me defies our expectation that we would surely know if a monster lived among us, worked alongside of us, appeared as one of us. With a slow chill that intensifies with each heart-pounding page, Rule describes her dawning awareness that Ted Bundy, her sensitive coworker on a crisis hotline, was one of the most prolific serial killers in America. He would confess to killing at least thirty-six young women from coast to coast, and was eventually executed for three of those cases. Drawing from their correspondence that endured until shortly before Bundy's death, and striking a seamless balance between her deeply personal perspective and her role as a crime reporter on the hunt for a savage serial killer -- the brilliant and charismatic Bundy, the man she thought she knew -- Rule changed the course of true-crime literature with this unforgettable chronicle.

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New York Times - Kirkus Reviews
THE DEFINITIVE WORK OF AMERICAN TRUE CRIME FROM "AMERICA'S BEST TRUE-CRIME WRITER" (Kirkus Reviews)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015790092
Publisher:
Planet Ann Rule
Publication date:
11/26/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
11,075
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Rule is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America, and the author responsible for the genre as it exists today. She came to her career with a solid background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Both her grandfather and her uncle were Michigan sheriffs, her cousin was a Prosecuting Attorney and another uncle was the Medical Examiner. Raised in that environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She is a former Seattle Policewoman, former caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance, former student intern at the Oregon State Training School for Girls.
Ann has been a full-time true crime writer since 1969. Over the past 30 years, she has published 33 books and 1400 articles, mostly on criminal cases. Ann graduated from Coatesville High School, and has a BA from the University of Washington in Creative Writing, with minors in psychology, criminology and penology. She has an Associate Degree from Highline Community College, taking courses in crime scene investigation, police administration, crime scene photography and arrest, search and seizure. And she has a Master’s Degree in Compassionate Letters from Willamette University.

Brief Biography

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

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The Stranger Beside Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 117 reviews.
JoB58 More than 1 year ago
When The Stranger Beside Me was first published, I bought a copy to read on vacation in Florida. I had to take it with me to the beach, because I couldn't put it down. Ms. Rule had me hooked from the beginning, and she can't write fast enough for me. I've read every one of her books, and she never fails to fascinate with her telling of true crime stories. Her style of writing is so easy to read, and she treats the victims with great compassion. For my birthday this month, I received a copy of the new 2008 reprinted version of The Stranger Beside Me, and look forward to re-reading the book that got me hooked on Ann Rule!
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
Every woman or parent should read this book! This book had to be an emotionally difficult one for the author to write because of her friendship with the killer, Ted Bundy! I was tense and on the edge of my seat all the way through this. We each have that weak, vulnerable spot, that we can be taken in. This was bone chilling!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a advid reader of Rules's bookand this one takes the cake. Ted Bundy was a remarkable seriel killer and she captures eveything about him so that it seems almost like you know him yourself. If you are going to read a book by Rule, read this one.
coalminersdaughter More than 1 year ago
This is the best book about Ted Bundy I have ever read. I bought the book thinking it would be good because it was written by Ann Rule. I was surprised to find out that she actually knew Ted Bundy personally. This book gives insight into the mind of a horrific killer and lets everyone who reads it know how a person looks does not determine what type of person they really are. Ted Bundy was handsome, charming, etc., but at the same time a serial killer who seems to have actually taken pleasure in killing. I loaned this book to a co-worker, and she had the same response to the book. We both loved it!!!
AnonymousLR More than 1 year ago
The scariest book I have ever read. Ann Rule is a great writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least 3 times and each time it amazes me how he could steal all of those womens lives in what seemed a moment --- Ann Rules writes the info & puts you where it happens. You feel the fear thru her writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an Anne Rule fan and have read this book at least four times. Every time I read it, it is just as compelling as the time before. it is an absolute must read in the true crime genre. You will never forget this book.
Ainwena More than 1 year ago
This is the scariest book I have ever read. After page 80, I could not read it alone at night in my own house. I lived in Tacoma, Washington (Bundy's hometown) and I went to UPS (like he did briefly). Every place Rule wrote about in Washington I am familiar with which is why I think it has extra creep factor for me. I was constantly amazed throughout the entire book how Bundy could lure females to him. This guy was a sicko and literally the stuff of nightmares. One of the top must reads if you are a true crime buff.
Jennifer-Lamas More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I read the book was because it was recommended to me through a friend. At first I didn't think I would get much out of it;but, I think it really did change my life. And for the better! Ted Bundy was a charismatic, smart, and easy for someone to trust...until he killed them. This book is a case in point for showing that the face of a serial killer has the face of both me and you. I am much more alert of my surroundings at night. And no way will I stop and walk with someone to their car. The problem is so many women are too trusting of anybody. That's too bad. I stayed up with this book until 4am for about three nights in a row. It is really hard to put down. Ted Bundy has been dead for quite some time. But he is still very alive as an American crime icon. You will learn a substantial amount of facts and information in this book regarding both his life and that of Ann Rule's. Its a great view point coming from the Author, because she knew Ted Bundy as a friend! Before he was a murderer. It's unbelieveable. Did you know Ted Bundy had a wife and a daughter? Or that he escaped prison twice? It's a good book.
Trumpetkris More than 1 year ago
If Ann Rule can be taken in by a man like Ted Bundy, anyone can. As usual Ann Rule's book did not disappoint me. If anyone wants to know the real story of Ted Bundy they should read this book.
Bronc_Ridin_Babe More than 1 year ago
The Stranger Beside Me is an intense book to read. Ted Bundy was a typical good looking man, who started out with a normal promising life. But then he turned on the world and murdered a mass amount of women who were all alike. They had long hair parted in the middle and were all successful and smart. Ted traveled around the United States committing these crimes, and even though he got put in prison multiple times, he escaped. Ann Rule wrote this book showing that you cannot trust people. Ted Bundy would act crippled and get a girl to help him to his car. The thing I liked about this book is that it kept me thinking, and turning back pages to try and figure things out before the story told the reader. There was never a dull part in this investigating book. There's not really anything I disliked about it, it was very good and would give it five out of five stars. People should read this because it makes you want to keep reading. Rule is very descriptive and tells you exactly how it happened. I have read Rule's other books such as "The Want-Ad Killer" and "Lust Killer". I loved them just as much. Ann Rule is famous for writing these killing, mystery books.
ddreaderNE More than 1 year ago
The book about a monster takes on a whole set of different perspectives when the author knows the killer personally. I found myself almost liking him. I could see why he was able to get the women he killed into his car. The fact that he unraveled in Florida is really his own undueing. Ann does a good job keeping the information in perspective.
jlev01 More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule tells it like it is. very good read for anyone interested in why people kill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This newer, updated version of Ann Rule's original "Stranger Beside Me" is even better than the first two times I read it. She is brilliant at giving you the feeling that you yourself are there living it. In addition to her humbling herself with corrections from the past book and answers to a few questions from readers. Highly recommended.
Wingcomm-3 More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule wrote a truly scary and insightful look into the mindset and workings of the quintessential serial killer. It was not difficult to imagine the terror that his victims must have felt as he was leading them to their deaths. Her unique perspective into the life and mind of Ted Bundy allowed her write a book that almost transports you to those quiet streets and lonely back roads of Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Utah,Colorado and Florida where these terrible crimes occured and where the bodies were disposed of. She has a singular talent. This book really opened my mind concerning the reality and existance of these horrible predators. Kudos to Ann Rule.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best Ted Bundy stories I have read. This book keeps you very interested and I read it in one day because I could not put it down.
vincy More than 1 year ago
... that someone you think you know so well is a serial killer. You just cannot make this stuff up. Ann Rule engages with this book. It has been, by far, one of the best books I have ever read. Very well written and captivating. It is a page turner!
Abigail22 More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely compelling and sets into motion the security changes that would take place in colleges and schools across our nation. Ann Rule is superb in relaying the life and background in one of the countries most notorious serial killers. For Ann Rule to have actually worked beside and being a confidanat to Ted makes the book all the more terrifying. I could not put this book down.
catseye More than 1 year ago
This is the definitive book by someone who actually knew Ted Bundy. This isn't just a great book about a notorious serial killer, it's just a great book, period. I really appreciate the insider's view point on a Jekyll and Hyde killer. Also, the periodic updates to the book are fascinating. One of the things I like most about The Stranger Beside Me is the author's portrayal of the victims as human beings who didn't deserve what happened to them. Not all true crime authors are that considerate of the victims and their families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This view of Bundy will keep you very engrossed as you hear of much of the personal side of Bundy as a close friend of Ann Rule. She is sympathetic and unsure of his guilt at first, but by the end she realizes he has become a 'monster' and someone she really doesn't know.
Anonymous 25 days ago
One of the best true crime reads ever
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This is probably the best book about Ted Bundy that I have read so far- what makes this book even more special is the fact that Ann knew him personally and befriended him. I have read this book countless times; it is still my favorite. If you love true crime, this book will certainly become a favorite of yours as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago