A Fever In The Heart: Ann Rule's Crime Files Volume III Paperback – Oct 1 1996
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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.
From Library Journal
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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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.
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.
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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I enjoy books, some more than others of course. Lots of detail, which she keeps interesting.Published 22 months ago by .mary reed
I was an Ann Rule fan many years ago. Some of our newspaper journalists produce far better True Crime stories today.Published 22 months ago by Edith Robinson
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 23 months ago by Carmel
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 on June 5 2013 by TARTAN
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 morePublished on May 28 2004 by Gabriel M Begaye
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 morePublished on April 24 2002 by Victory
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 morePublished on Nov. 25 2001