But I Trusted You: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #14)

But I Trusted You: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #14)

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But I Trusted You: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #14) by Ann Rule


Trust. It's the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath in The Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new collection from her true-crime files, with the lethally shattered bonds of trust at the core of each bloodsoaked account. Whether driven to extreme violence by greed or jealousy, passion or rage, these calculating sociopaths targeted those closest to them — unwitting victims whose last disbelieving words could well have been "but I trusted you...." Headlining this page-turning anthology is the case of middle-school counselor Chuck Leonard, found shot to death outside his Washington State home on an icy February morning. A complicated mix of family man and wild man, Chuck played hard and loved many...but who crossed the line by murdering him in cold blood? And why? The revelation is as stunning as the shattering crime itself, powerfully illuminating how those we think we know can ingeniously hide their destructive and homicidal designs. Along with other shattering cases, immaculately detailed and sharply analyzed by America's #1 true-crime writer, this fourteenth Crime Files volume is essential reading for getting inside the mind of the hidden killers among us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469285085
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Series: Ann Rule's Crime Files Series , #14
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1935

Place of Birth:

Lowell, Michigan


Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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But I Trusted You and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #14) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Texanreader More than 1 year ago
All I can say is OMG!! This is my first true crime book and I am hooked on Ann Rule. I'm going the wrong way in her series (I just got done with book 13) The way she writes I feel like I know the victims of these crimes. It is touching and very sad at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this in hopes of finding a quick read, as I was on the road bouncing from trade show to trade show and needed something besides the usual boring television to watch. I'm glad I bought it and now am looking for more books by the same author. This book is a terrific read for those of us who love true crime stories and figuring out HOW some of the people in our world turn out to be so mentally twisted. these stories are wonderfully written with intrigue. The author makes the crime come alive with just the right balance of true court proceedure and story telling. Each of the subjects operate their own special kind of dimented perversion and yet somehow still manage to get away with living in an everyday world.
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
But I Trusted You is the fourteenth volume in author Ann Rule's "Crime Files" series, where she takes a novel length case, makes it the main focus of the book and throws in several "smaller" type cases as well. As much as I have enjoyed Ms. Rule's previous efforts, But I Trusted You left me wanting and a bit disappointed. Let's start with the feature length case, which concerns the murder of teacher Chuck Leonard by his estranged wife Teresa. I personally did not find anything noteworthy with this case, whether it be that the actual case was a "by the book" spousal homicide or too much was left on the editing room floor. I wish there had been more background on both Chuck and Teresa and would have been happier if this had been one of the "shorter" cases included, allowing room for another true crime case to be included in this volume. I also thought the title did not coordinate with the case, as Chuck and Teresa were already separated and initiating divorce at the time of Chuck's death and neither Chuck nor Teresa trusted the other. The second case profiled "Death in Paradise" was a very interesting case but without a firm resolution. I felt as though the story was just skimmed on the surface and the ending left me feeling unsatisfied. Perhaps this would have been a better "featured" case, but with more information on all parties concerned. The title of this book, however, did fit the alleged facts of this case. The title also fits "Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth", the third case profiled. This case was very sad to read as the laws of the 1970s prevented the victim from obtaining the protection she was seeking. Any parent reading this story will have a feeling of dread putting yourself in the victim's shoes. "Monohan's Last Date" deals with the most vicious and cold blooded killer in the book. I felt this case had more detail than any other highlighted in the book. "Run as Fast as You Can" seemed out of place in But I Trusted You. The killer and victim had no prior relationship and no trust issues. Perhaps the victim felt safe due to location and time but, again, it seemed an odd choice given the theme of the book. Both "The Deadly Voyeur" and "Dark Forest: Deep Danger" dealt with individuals who ultimately put their trust in the wrong people, with fatal results. I did not like the somewhat ambiguous ending of "Dark Forest: Deep Danger" though. Ann Rule's earlier Crime Files were fantastic, well written slices of true crime. Finishing this book, I couldn't help but wonder if she was scraping the bottom of the barrel with these. Don't get me wrong - - Ann Rule has long been my favorite true crime writer and she remains so. Her book on the Diane Downs murder investigation and case, Small Sacrifices, is one of the best written and accounted true crime masterpieces out there, as well as her tale of the Ted Bundy case, The Stranger Beside Me. For that reason, I always have very high standards for her books and this one just didn't quite peak for me. But I Trusted You is a decent enough book and will certainly do if you are looking for a true crime compellation but I expect more from my Queen of True Crime.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Another great book of true-crime stories by Ann Rule! The author is very detailed and thorough in her research and always manages to tie in coincidental dates and/or anniversies. Very intriging and frightening true stories; scary to realize some of the convicted criminals Rule is writing about are soon to be up for parole-hearings. Very in-depth background information; Rule is very knowledgable not only in the crime field but also in regards to psychology. Several fascinating accounts of murders and other horrific crimes solved. I would recommend any of Ann Rule's books; they are all engaging and really interesting. I can't wait for her next book to come out later this month!
write4fun More than 1 year ago
I picked up Ann Rule's 'But I Trusted You' to help pass the time on a snowed-in weekend, and found it to be just as engrossing as her earlier works. I thought the most fascinating case file was 'Monohan's Last Date,' about a newly-divorced man in the '70s, who tried to get involved with the 'swingers' scene, and ended up being robbed and murdered by a psychopath. The case file of the title, is the longest and most in-depth in the book, about a woman whose greed led her to destroy a potential lifetime of happiness, with the click of a trigger. (I even let a few favorite TV shows pass, because I found the book so difficult to put down...)
Betty27 More than 1 year ago
This book and all of Ann Rule's writings are the best, none can compare to the way she brings her real subjects to life on each page. Keeps you turning the page for the next part of the story.
Rose_Coloured_Glasses More than 1 year ago
I always turn to the center of the Ann Rule books, especially if it's an old case. I love to see the big wide ties and the detectives' mustaches! Anyway, I was surprised and felt cheated. Why is the e book lacking?
vme More than 1 year ago
Intriguing, occupying, stratigic and mystifiying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Ann Rule's books but this one left me wanting to know more about some of the crimes she discussed. To learn more about Death In Paradise, go to www.armchairsleuth.com. You can read about the Spellbound and the alleged murders of Jody and Loren Edwards.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but not the best that Ann Rule has ever written. I found the stories to be intriguing but again, not as good as some of the other true crime cases that Rule has written about. My favorite one was probably the last one. C+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You never disappoint me Ann...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the crime files books available on Nook HAVE the pictures in the back of the book. This one does NOT. My comment is just an FYI. I do believe that Ms. Rule should know better about the editions published for E-readers so that she is aware of this problem. Not having the photos takes away a lot of the pleasure in reading Ms. Rules's books and may just cause many E-reader fans not to buy it from B&N. That being said this book is another hit from the absolute Queen of True Crime novels!
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Always a good read. I've read them all and this one does not disappoint.
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