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Lying in Wait and Other True Cases

(Crime Files #17)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,763 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Ann Rule presents a collection of fascinating and disturbing true-crime stories—drawn from her real-life personal files—in this seventeenth volume in the #1 New York Times bestselling Crime Files series.

In this gripping collection of investigative accounts from her private archives, “America’s best true-crime writer” (Kirkus Reviews) exposes the most frightening aspect of
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Pocket Books
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jv poore
Compelling compilation of crimes, but I cannot stop thinking about the complete casualness of Al Baker. He could not have cared less about his heinous act, hardly bothered to do his half-ass clean up; bored and blase when talking to the police. Dude is cold.
I feel bad for saying this, but I found most of the stories in this volume to be tedious and boring. Heck, I ended up just skimming the last two stories.

The Baby Seller-The first one about a baby seller should have been interesting. But I think due to all of the criminal activities the woman was involved in, the whole story read as muddled. I am still confused about who did what to who as well. Things were very confusing to me as a reader. It still reads to me that perhaps the accused wasn't ch
Nancy Hudson
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rule has lost he touch. She writes about cases that hold no fascination or interest. She needs to branch out from cases that took place in the Pacific Northwest and write about cases elsewhere, as she has done in the past. Either that or she should retire. And the narrator reminded me of listening to grandma drone on and on.
René Sundvall
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As always, I'm lying in wait for my next Ann Rule!
I have been reading her writings since the Andy Stack days.

There are six true stories of cases that Rule dug deep to find the answers to. Sometimes there are people who do unspeakable things, and she writes so fluidly you think you are actually walking through the scene with her as she writes, and seeing those things as they unfolded.

Always get wrapped up in her writing.
Jenn Vito
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am a huge Ann Rule fan, however, was utterly disappointed by this book. It was not her usual flow and was quite choppy. I so wanted to like it but couldn't even muster finishing the last story.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have read most all of Ann Rule's books, both full length and crime files, and I agree with another reviewer here that her last few books have just not been as good as many of her earlier ones. I enjoy reading true crime, but I prefer the facts not the opinions of the author. I like to make up my own mind after following the evidence. The stories in this latest Crime Files just didn't get my attention like some in the past.
I really liked Lying in Wait until I went looking for more information on the story that touched me the most: "The Babyseller." I realize that Rule probably wanted to keep things concise and not clutter her narrative with details that aren't going anywhere, but according to local news coverage, Rule failed to mention that there was another child present at the murder of Geneva Clemons. I cannot find another source online to confirm but the whole thing is weird. I do give Rule the benefit of the ...more
Savanah Rae
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
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Another solid set of true crime stories, though it's curious to me why it's titled "Lying in Wait and Other True Cases" when none of the tales in the book are called "Lying in Wait."
Katherine Addison
*"The Baby Seller": Athens AL 1980: the abominable Jackie Sue Schut, child abuser, child pornographer, kidnapper, murderer: she murdered a young mother in Alabama, stole her newborn, then abandoned the child in a deserted field when she discovered his club foot. (He was rescued by a chance passing motorist.) She most likely abducted another young mother and her newborn, only to panic and send the child back via taxi when she (allegedly accidentally) murdered the mother. It seems only too likely ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of Ann Rule's books for many years, however, I do not feel her last few books have measured up to her earlier ones. But then maybe I have come to more understanding of the psychopaths that roam this world and am no longer as inquisitive of what makes people do what they do. Evil is evil and some people just are. This book was a compilation of cases, two made up the majority of the book and the rest were short. I felt the short stories were much better than the long ones. They w ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This latest volume of Ann Rule's true crime cases has what appear to be a few older stories (perhaps written several years ago) in addition to some relatively "new" cases. The first one is especially horrifying in that it has to do with a woman who kidnapped infants, at the same time murdering their mothers, probably so she could sell them for adoption on the black market. I know things like this go on, but this story was just so terrible, I had trouble getting my mind around the idea of anyone ...more
Jim Thomas
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Ann Rule's Crime Files series have been popular especially for lovers of true crime books. Rule deserves the accolades she has received for her work especially her handling and extra effort to give victims some depth and understanding instead of just being statistics of dead people. Ann seemed to be a very compassionate person. I've enjoyed virtually all of her work. I think I have read all her books and was sad to find that she passed a few years ago. No more Ann Rule crime books! Sad. She seem ...more
Tracy Lackey
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love Ann Rule's full-length crime novels; never been a huge fan of her "Crime Files" though I have read them all anyway. This one, for whatever reason, dragged on and on. The first story, the longest, held no real mystery and was very predictable. Unlike her other books, I found it difficult to connect with anyone involved in the crime. The other, shorter, stories were almost a joke; I could glean more information about these crimes from the police blotter in the local paper. A few pages of li ...more
From the sadistic baby abductions leaving many mothers slain with a bullet before their newborns were stolen by a woman with a cursed path, to the harsh reality of being a little too trusting, Ann Rule thoroughly explored the natures of several crimes publicized. As the events unfold and the details come to life, it reads like a book of fiction while remain hauntingly real. A rapist who eluded police fopr months, terrifying his victims and miraculously allowing many to survive. Ending with a man ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, crime
A collection of true crime stories, including a woman who kills mothers to steal their babies and a scheming husband.

This book is exactly what it says it is: collections of crimes that are sad and horrific. The formatting on the eBook did not show the pictures at the end properly, but the stories themselves were unaffected.
Not as interesting as some of the other compilations I've been reading. The short stories were really short, and in at least one there was really no question who was the killer; another was just about a guy who was very good at breaking out of jail. Only available in ePub and OD Read; annoying.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am sorry that I have read my last Ann Rule book. However, like others have noted, the quality of her writing had been going downhill. Her death means no more books but perhaps it is for the best in the long run
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I prefer Ann Rule's book-length crime stories, this volume contains three rather long accounts as well as three shorter ones, so it was a more satisfying read than others in this series. Of course the downside is that it always makes me regard humanity with a jaundiced eye.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ann Rule at the top of her game - I liked the combo of the long detailed ones and the tighter shorter stories.

Plus, another one off the shelf! I have three BIG boxes of books left to unpack, I need to move some to the read-charity box or I will drown.
timi day taaffe

Repetitive and wordy. Not one of AR's shining moments for me, and I am a fan. More "churn 'em out and get 'em on the shelf" than many earlier works.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read of course. So many readers are going to miss your books!
I always love reading Ann Rule's True Crime books. Never go wrong with any in the series.
Jill James
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ann Rule rocks in making sense of the senseless.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lying in wait is a collection of different murders committed, and an investigation into the murderers themselves. Do you trust an older woman claiming to be a child modeling photographer? Nope. Does a wife who believes she has the perfect husband really know him and his shadow? Nope. This book was a great read due to every detail being explained in the simplest of ways.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Stories in this book were too short, even for the longer ones. Felt just like reading the cases from newspaper.

What I liked about reading true crime story was that I was able to read about the background of the killer and the victim, so that I could form my own opinion about the chain reaction of the case. I didn't get anything here.
Jim Corbiere
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished reading " Lying in Wait by Ann Rule. It is the 17 and final volume of the Ann Rule True Crime files. As usual it was well written and at the same time hard to read. The stories make you wonder how people can be some cruel and heartless. A story about Kidnapping babies for sale, pedophile rings, murder, prison escapes, and serial rapists.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
These stories are so good! Anne Rule is the queen of true crime! Naturally I was drawn to the first story since I’m a pregnant woman but the rest of the book was just as interesting. The final story dragged on a bit and not being able to research some parts of these cases because names were changed was a bit frustrating but I suppose people do deserve privacy.
Sarah Hall
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rule never fails to write great books.

I love these Crime Files books! Crammed with several stories that are so interesting, I have a hard time putting the book down. Can't wait to read the next one!
Jane Thompson
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Crime Stpry

I have always loved Ann Rule's writing. However I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had previously. I don't know why, but for some reason it did click with me. But it had interesting stories and a good variety.
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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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  • A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #6)
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