Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer

Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer

by Ann Rule
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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer by Ann Rule

In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen — a case involving more than forty-nine female victims, two decades of intense investigative work...and one unrelenting killer who not only attended Ann Rule's book signings but lived less than a mile away from her home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743460507
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 96,465
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.60(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


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1935

Place of Birth:

Lowell, Michigan


Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 reviews.
diana45 More than 1 year ago
this book was very interesting, informative, and well written. I am a big fan of Ann Rule and have never been disappointed by any of her work. I am a True Crime fan, and if you are too, you will surely love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is nice to give the victims more time than the criminal. They lost there lives and deserve a voice. Ann did a great job giving both sides of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must disagree with A Former Prosecutor. I felt while Ms Rule was very sympathetic to the victims, I did not feel she sugar coated what they were or how they lived their lives in any way. They were portrayed as troubled women, but just because they were prostitutes and drug addicts doesn't mean they couldn't be loving people with families who cared about them. I also felt that she did delve into what made Gary Ridgeway tick and how he turned out like he did. I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the descriptions of the hard work put into the investigation by the detectives. To see those smart detectives finally solve this case through the tedious collection and preservation of evidence was gratifying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I always eagerly anticipate a new true crime book by Ann Rule. She has the best writing style of all the true crime writers. However, about half way through this book, I lost interest. The book just goes on and on. And other than personal information on all the tragic victims, I did not feel like I got much more information than what I got from another book on this subject that I read a few years ago. I expected better from Ann Rule.
M-Pritchard More than 1 year ago
A MUST!! A must if you want to know the story of The Green River Killer!! One of my favorite true crime books. In my opinion, one of Anne Rule's most investigated and well written books.
SZWI More than 1 year ago
When one says that a true crime novel has "too much detail", one often means "too graphic". If you find this book "too graphic", don't read true crime novels about serial killers. I got tired of reading about the details of Seattle geography and the minutiae of every suspect a little frustrating--the story is compelling enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really fasanated me and yet scared ,me at the same time. From 1985 till 2005 i lived just blocks away from this man and bing a teen at that. It made me realize how lucky i was not to have ever encountered him. bing as nieve as i was that nothing could ever happen to me out running with my friends day and night and now knowing that one bad choice and it could have. A very intrieging book for sure
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read five or six Ann Rule books. I found this a major disappointment. Like other comments I have read, there is too little written about the murderer and what led him to his killing ways. I'm sure the author attempted to gather more information. But the final result leaves the reader with little insight as to what made this guy tick. Because there was no trial, there is no testimony to add to the story of how and why this man became the monster he was. It also gets tiresome how the author portrays most victims as good, loving, and caring people. No one deserves to be murdered. But really, not all these victims are as angelic as Ann Rule portrays. This is not one of her better books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule is the greatest crime writer we have. Her books read like novels and this is another amazing roller coaster ride as 'The Stranger Beside Me' was. Not a quick read, at nearly 700 pgs, but the time and compassion she spends on each of the victims, and the details of the effect on the detectives who never gave up throughout the twists and turns in the 20+ year hunt for the most prolific and frightening serial killer in history makes this necessary. Hard to put down and impossible to forget.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think the book was boring at all. I loved how Ann Rule told the lives of these girls and how much their families went through. I'm just now starting to read her books and I like how she sucks you into the story. I don't think there was too much detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! very interesting-enjoyed the way Ann would alternate between storylines to bring you up to speed as the story continued
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann, you are the most incredibly talented author I have ever read. Not only is your arrangement of the facts absolutely genius, your total honesty in relating the facts always makes the reader's trust total and unwavering. When I am reading one of your books I am barely able to put it down to do anything else. I have one complaint, write faster!!!!! Deb
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really got into this book since I am a native from Washington. I thought this book was one of the best books Ann has written to date! The additional background of the victims allowed me to grasp their thoughts as well as their actions and really get involved in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In order to understand the scoop of this investigation in was imperitave to know the victims and what put them in the position to become victims of this monster.Ann rule does a magnificient job of telling all sides of this shocking story. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule totally amazes me! This is a must read. A very well put together book and she covers everything you need to know and want to know. You cant put this one down.
FarrahMN More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule is awesome at what she does. this book holds your attention from the first page. It is a great book and I recommend it to everyone one who enjoys true crime stories.
embalmr More than 1 year ago
Love Ann Rule books loved it because I lived in Seattle during the arrest and conviction process was nice to know all the stories of the poor girls whose lives were taken by Gary Ridgeway!
xMissMelaniex More than 1 year ago
I remember this name instilling fear in me as a child growing up. I couldn't be prouder to have Ann Rule in Seattle to write about this first hand just as she did with Ted Bundy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book and is one of my favorite true crime books. Ann Rule is the best author when it comes to crime, and this book is truly difficult to put down. I would DEFINITELY recommend this book. Without a doubt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule is a good author for the most part. This is the second book I have read from this author that has been a chore to read. I finished it because I hate to leave books halfway but it was boring. I agree with those reviewers that say that she gave way too much information about the victims. I understand that she was trying to humanize the victims by sharing their stories but there were too many to keep track of. She gives way too many details of everyone's life including the police officers that investigated the case. I really don't like how she makes certain people appear angelic and portray them as heroes like she did with the cops. Also, I don't like when she includes information about herself. She seems a little arrogant when she describes her involvement in the crimes she writes about. The book is long and could be a good read if you have a lot of time on your hands.
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