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A Rage To Kill And Other True Cases: Anne Rule's Crime Files, Vol. 6 (Crime Files #6)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,407 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Acclaimed for her "devastatingly accurate insight" (The New York Times Book Review) into the criminal mind, Ann Rule has chronicled the most fascinating cases of our time in her bestselling Crime Files series. For this sixth stunning collection, Rule has culled from her private files the most-asked-about homicide cases -- riveting accounts of seemingly normal men and women ...more
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Ann Rule lives in the Seattle area and as such, most of her stories take place here. That's a huge point in her favor because she knows Seattle and you can tell. For the most part the cases are interesting and short ones like those in this collection have the right amount of information. The problem is that they aren't very well written and a lot of liberties are taken with how people "must have" felt or thought or saw. Most people she describes as handsome or beautiful, though I frequently disa ...more
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Another excellent book by Ann Rule! This one had many new cases I had never heard about that were very interesting and some were not so much. I really thought the following cases were intruiging:

A Bus To Nowhere- I would have liked to have known more on Silas Cool. Who knows what madness was raging in this man's mind before he did what he did to that bus and its' passengers. I find it very odd that his parents didn't see anything weird about him growing up. The things the authorities found in h
Tracy Walters
This is the first Ann Rule book I have read. She is very good at helping you to understand and look at each case as a whole. Some of the cases are just plain awful and I would shudder to think of the poor victims and how they died. It is intriguing to read about the killers and their backgrounds and possibly the causes that made them into killers. It was a very interesting book to read and I really like that there are pictures to go along with the cases. It helps to further know the people you a ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's odd how much true crime fascinates me. But I am not alone. Just turn on the news or open the paper. The whole world is watching when a young mother murders her daughter or a maniac shoots up a McDonalds. We all watch the horrible images, so of course reading about them is awesome! Maybe it's a way to feel better about our own imperfect lives. At least we aren't victims of some deranged lunatic... Ann Rule puts together very intriguing collections and this one is no exception.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Ann Rule is at the top of her game in telling the true stories of these particular, mostly female, victims who either through no fault of their own or because of blameless naïveté ended up murdered. Unlike most of the victims in Rule's other books, the murdered had no reason to suspect they would soon end up tortured, raped or killed. They were ordinary nice people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time - most of them tricked by psychopathic psychotics who nonetheless appeared completely ...more
Mirjam Penning
Feb 16, 2014 Mirjam Penning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This book is part of Ann Rule's Crime files. A serie of ten shorter stories about True Crime cases.
1. A bus to nowhere
2. The killer who planted his own clues
3. Born to kill?
4. As close as a brother
5. Profile of a spree killer
6. The lost lady
7. To an athlete dying young
8. Ruby, don't take your love to town
9. That was no lady
10. The killer who talked too much

A rage to kill is her answer to requests of readers about which stories to write about, according to Ann. What all killers in this book had
Melissa Banaszak
Aug 27, 2009 Melissa Banaszak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truecrime
Very good book if you like true-crime-and Ann Rule. Graphic pictures,and gruesome details-Rule believes in telling it like it is-probably because of her former career as a cop-AND her close relationship with Serial Killer Ted Bundy. What I like about Ann Rule is she makes you feel like you're right there at the time of each god-awful crime-which is both terrifying and the mark of a terrific writer. If you're faint of heart -stay away from Ann Rule-or any other true-crime writer-it is a compellin ...more
Sep 13, 2008 Makayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13 and over
Recommended to Makayla by: My friend Sophia
I thought this book was good but freaky at the same time! It is about true murder cases that have happened. It was freaky to read about what goes threw crazy peoples mind sometimes. It was an eye opener to be careful around people you do not know. They could harm you matter how nice they are. I would recommend this book to people 13 and over.
Lavone S.
I enjoyed reading the shorter stories - they were fairly well-written. However, I was a bit perturbed by how easily Ms. Rule threw around the label of "pedophile" in one of the stories. It felt very "amateur-writer" to call someone a name with no real evidence of them being that.
Mar 10, 2013 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first true crime book I ever read, and it drew me into the genre. Ann Rule is one of the best true crime writers out there. She explains th case very clearly, making sure to give as much background information as possible. This is a must-read for anyone who loves true crime.
Eva Leger
Jul 23, 2008 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-true-crime
Every book that Ann Rule has written is a great one. She is able to turn these stories and the lives of everyone in them into learning experiences every time. No doubt one of the top true crime writers of today.
True crime may only appeal to a few, but I like it and Ann Rule is one of the best writers out there. That said, I only really like the short stories.
These cases are fascinating, but can only be absorbed in small doses. Too much murder and violence is depressing.
Linda Cross
She does it again..

This time a set of 8 or 9 different cases..
She is a master at the true crime writing
Oct 30, 2008 Juli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann's books are always a great read - she offers great insight into the most depraved minds.
Suzie Flohr
May 16, 2013 Suzie Flohr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann has done it again. Love the way you write .... please keep going.
Apr 07, 2011 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True crime stories. Very good. I must say I always enjoy these.
May 31, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Rule is so good at bringing these stories to life. And death.
Mar 16, 2010 Sandi711 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love ann rule she rocks
♥ Marlene♥
Another book I did 'review' on Bookcrossing but did forget to add.

On Sunday, May 09, 2004 I wrote (a letter geez) ;)

7 out of 10
Hi Kristy I am reading this book right now.
I had never read any of Ann Rules true crime volumes, allthough I do have nearly all of them.
I have to say that I think I do prefer her novels allthough normally i like short stories. I am for instance a collector of short horror stories.
But I can't say for sure cause I have only read one story so far. the one about the bus.
I wi
Jul 07, 2010 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is a little different from the others. It's mostly a compilation of stories of killers who didn't know their victims. There's also the story of one of the first "spree killers" and Rule goes into the differences of mass murderer vs. serial killer vs. spree killer. She does tend to recycle some vocab words (myriad, synchronicity), which is a little annoying, but the content is interesting enough that you keep reading. I also like that she includes photos, though I felt this one lacked ph ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime is what we tell ourselves happens to other people, but Ann Rule makes it feel like it's happening to you. That is, her personable style, extensive research and gimlet eye for detail make you feel personally involved in these cases. Without erring too much on the side of sentimentality or cliché, she weighs in on the emotional havoc criminals can reap and the long shadows their crimes can cast. Compulsively readable.
Mar 26, 2015 Brandy rated it it was amazing
The fan of true crime must have numerous Ann Rule books on his or her shelf and this one is a must have. I love her anthologies. This one begins with a longer and more involved story and is followed by several shorter stories. All of the stories in this compilation center around crimes of rage as the title suggests. This has been one of my favorites of all the Ann Rule books I have read. The photos in the center are a bonus (not gruesome, merely portraits of people and places involved).
Ana Luna
Oct 15, 2015 Ana Luna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not one of the stories was boring! I love how short yet detailed all of the stories are. I read the I-5 Killer recently and I think I prefer her short stories over the full length books she writes on crimes but overall she's a great crime writer.
Opal Bush
Nov 17, 2015 Opal Bush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ann great reading.

You are one great writer. I have read so many of your books and some two or three times. Thank you. Opal
Aug 29, 2014 Sadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, read it when I was younger. Ruby don't take your love to town always stuck with me after reading this book.
Aug 16, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lived in ND when the first crime, A Bus to No Where, was committed. I remember the images of the bus that had gone over the Aurora bridge onto the apartment buildings below. Now that I live in the Seattle area, I am very familiar with the area in which this crime was committed, which, for me, makes the case a little more creepy. All the other crimes were much older, dating back to the 1970s and even earlier than that. With most of the other crimes in this novel taking place in the greater Seat ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of her better ones, but minus one star for really missing the mark and transphobia on a story of a transwoman.
Oct 23, 2015 Shari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Ann Rule (RIP), but I really enjoy her single-story books much more than these collection of shorter stories. "The Stranger Beside Me" and "Small Sacrifices" are my favorites.
Sep 22, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
100% biased because my grandmother's one of the psychics consulted in one of the cases.
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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Other Books in the Series

Crime Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #1)
  • You Belong to Me and Other True Crime Cases (Crime Files, # 2)
  • A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #3)
  • In the Name of Love and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #4)
  • The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up (Crime Files, #5)
  • Empty Promises and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #7)
  • Last Dance, Last Chance and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #8)
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #9)
  • Worth More Dead and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #10)
  • No Regrets and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #11)

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