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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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3.0 out of 5 stars so,so June 5 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars horror and supence May 28 2004
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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. Theres no such thing as a perfect crime that are in all fictional mysteries. An experienced homicide detective investigates an unexplained death with only blood,and no body. An incredible story that sheds light on a marriage that seemed happy, but lead to a betrayal. Also the author of the story made it so exciting for a reader to read, like adding a serial killer in the story. This story is like a murder waiting to happen.
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By lazza
Format:Paperback
"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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1.0 out of 5 stars No Fever for me April 25 2002
By Victory
Format:Paperback
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. The first story was so bogged down in unnecessary and boring details that it was extremely difficult to plow through. At about page 100, I began skipping a few pages at a time to see if it got better - it didn't. Certainly not up to her usual standard.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that interesting Nov. 25 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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 who needed a backbone. The only likable character was Morris and once he was gone, I was left with the boring tale of the average looking woman and the frumpy coach. Ms. Rule just went on and on with a story that could have been told in half the pages. The other short stories in the book were intersting. Infact the "Highway Accident" might have been a better story to spend some time telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fever in the Heart Aug. 6 2001
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Great Book I recommend it for anyone who likes true crime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was knocked out by this book May 24 2000
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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 Outstanding April 11 2000
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Format:Paperback
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. She tells you everything about the crime, the killer & the victims. I have every book she has ever written & will keep buying her books. Thanks Ann for being the best.
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