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A Fever In The Heart: Ann Rule's Crime Files Volume III [Paperback]

Ann Rule
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Oct. 1 1996 Minstrel Paperback Original (Book 3)
A collection of true crime stories features the title work in which the author examines the facts behind midwestern love triangle between an alluring woman and two male rivals that exploded in murder.

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From Publishers Weekly

From the premier writer of true crime comes A Fever in the Heart and Other True Cases, the third volume in Ann Rule's Crime Files series. Here, she collects four cases that "subconsciously or inadvertently... share a common theme: personal betrayal. Since I am a great believer in the premise that we do nothing accidentally, it must be the right time to contemplate homicides that occur because the victim or victims have been betrayed by someone they have come to trust." Like her bestselling Dead by Sunset, A Fever in the Heart is scheduled to be made into an NBC-TV miniseries currently scheduled to air in May 1997. (Pocket, $6.99, 480p, ISBN 0-671-79355-1)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Crime writer Rule has produced another gripping compilation of true-crime stories, all set in Washington State in the 1970s. Her themes are of personal betrayal and sexual predators. The title story tells of an obsession fueled by jealousy and lust, ultimately leading to death and the ruination of many lives. After his wife left him, beloved high school coach Gabby Moore became obsessed with the wife of a former student and friend, Morris Blankenbaker. Morris's wife, Jerilee, began a relationship with Gabby that deteriorated as the alcoholic Gabby's behavior became increasingly erratic. She returned to Morris, who was soon found murdered, but Gabby, the most likely suspect, had an airtight alibi. Other stories also tell tales of obsession, lust, murder, secret lives and false identities, and sexual depravity. A welcome addition to true-crime collections; highly recommended.
Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By lazza
"A Fever In The Heart" is the third installment of Ann Rule's true crime files. Nearly all these true crime collections are a hodgepodge of stories, often unrelated, and too often unengaging. "A Fever In The Heart" is ranked firmly in the middle; it is neither terrible, nor very good.
The main story is a curious one where "male bonding" takes an ugly turn. The devotion between a wrestling coach and his underlings go WAY behind the norm. This leads to a very unusual murder mystery. However Ann Rule doesn't bother to sweat the details as she has done in her better books; it has a Reader's Digest feel about it. And unfortunately, the half dozen or so other shorter stories which follow the main story are little more than gussied up police crime reports ... with relatively little literary merit.
But why do fans (like myself) continue to read Ann Rule books? Quite simply, she has a very pleasent style to her prose. It's both folksy yet intelligent and compassionate. It's almost never a bad reading experience. Unfortunately most of these her "true crime files" are hastily constructed and are rarely as good as her more in-depth, beefy true crime works.
Bottom line: very ordinary Ann Rule fodder. She has done much better than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting cases, merely adequate writing Sept. 28 1998
By A Customer
This is the first Ann Rule book that I've read, although I've read quite a few other true crime books. Rule is a better writer than the average true-crime author; she is not, however, a particularly great writer overall. She does have a keen eye for interesting cases -- the title case, for example, is proof positive that truth can often be far stranger than fiction.
However, that story (the longest in the collection) suffers because of Rule's poor structuring techniques. New characters are introduced halfway through the piece, and she puts the narrative in reverse to catch them up to the chronology of events. I could tell at least 100 pages before the end of the story the rudiments of what happened; Rule holds the sequence of events back as though it were a mystery. Ultimately, she sacrifices any real effort to get inside the heads of the victims, the criminals, or the survivors, in favor of dry recitations of days in court and redundant scene setting.
I certainly won't forego checking out Rule's other books, but this one certainly doesn't match any hype she's been given.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another one from the heart March 20 1997
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My enthusiasm at reading another book by Ann Rule was well placed.
Ms. Rule has an uncanny ability to transport me to the very spot she is writing about.
All of a sudden I am in Yakima, Washington. I can smell the winter scents in the air as the tension mounts in this story of a romantic triangle that proved to be fatal.
With an ease that Ms. Rule is well known for, I am swept along the story line. I follow her not knowing where she will take me, but trusting all will become clear.
What is true skill on her part is that in the beginning the reader doesn't know who did what - only that this is a true life story of betrayal and eventually, murder.
As the tension mounts even more, Ms. Rule delivers the details in a fashion akin to a balloon ride.
Before I know it I am, unfortunately, finished with her story. My balloon landed and now I have to wait for her to write another.
Ms. Rule writes with such thought and obvious deliberation that it is quite easy to trust her work will always be interesting and compelling.
As long as she continues to write, she will stay on the top of my favorite author list
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to go there....and you can. July 1 1999
This was my first ANN RULE ( I'm hooked ) Ann writes as if she were somewhere above watching the scene develop. You come to feel as if you knew these people. I was so caught up in the story....I drove to Yakima and retraced the route....then reread the book. Much of what Ann tells you can still be found today....even the people living in the house today are very friendly and were nice enough to let me look around and take pictures...maybe they did look at me as a strange duck as I drove away. After this adventure I am trying to do the same with all of her books. She writes in such detail as to make the areas come alive again...so many years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No fancy-pants writer April 25 1999
"A Fever in the Heart" was the most astonishing, haunting book I have ever read. Ms. Rule's prose style is so understated that one wonders how it is that one begins to see the unfolding of these dark events in a way that is almost like a film documentary. The book was almost searing in its intensity, and the little touches -song lyrics of the day, descriptions of the foilage in Washington in different seasons - draw one into the plot in a most curious manner. She is indeed a master, although truth be told she has found a way to coax her stories into telling themselves. More stories, Ann!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was knocked out by this book May 24 2000
When I bought this book , I was in the used bookstore looking for a any true crime book I had yet to read (of which there are few). I am SOOO glad I bought this book. The story seemed soo far fetched had I not been in the true crime section when I bought it...I might have thought it a new fiction thriller! The charachters are well researched, and the details so crisp and vivid. I actually closed my eyes a few times imaginging the scene like I was there ! If you want a good book , that contains a few other stories about 'fevers in the heart' I'd HIGHLY suggest this book. You wont be disappointed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Ann Rules books
I love Ann Rules books. I'm not much of a reader but she has such an ability to draw u in and not want to put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Carmel
3.0 out of 5 stars so,so
In past years I have read and enjoyed books written by ann rule. Was disappointed in this read i felt the author rushed to get the story done and more on.
Published 15 months ago by CHARLOTTE GRANNUM
5.0 out of 5 stars horror and supence
Once again Ann Rule, a great storyteller and writer on the horrific detail, tells a story on a perfect murder. So perfect that any detective can agree with. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by Gabriel M Begaye
1.0 out of 5 stars No Fever for me
I'm fairly new to Ann Rule books, but had this been the first one I'd read, it probably would have been the last. Read more
Published on April 24 2002 by Victory
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that interesting
I usually enjoy Ann Rule's books. But the first story in "Fever" was dull. It was a boring soap opera starring an average looking woman, a frumpy coach and a husband... Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fever in the Heart
Great Book I recommend it for anyone who likes true crime.
Published on Aug. 6 2001 by sheryl adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Ann Rule is the # 1 true crime writer. I have read many true crime books by other authors but none of them compare to Ann Rule. Read more
Published on April 11 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann RULES
I only have one question for the three star critic from Seattle, Washington...How many novels have YOU published?
Published on Feb. 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...couldn't put it down!
I have always enjoyed Ann's way of writing and this book is full of excellent stories! Truth is surely stranger than fiction! I highly recommend this book! Read more
Published on Oct. 27 1998 by Veley@feist.com
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