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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Michele Pawk Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780743548991
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In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than forty-nine young women.

For twenty-one years, the Green River Killer carried out his self-described "career" as a killing machine, ridding the world of women he considered evil. His eerie ability to lure his victims to their deaths and hide their bodies made him far more dangerous than any infamous multiple murderer in the annals of crime.

A few men eventually emerged as the prime suspects among an unprecedented forty thousand scrutinized by the Green River Task Force. Still, there was no physical evidence linking any of them to the murders until 2001, when investigators used a new DNA process on a saliva sample they had preserved since 1987, with stunning results.

Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarryof who these young women were and who they might have become. A chilling look at the darkest side of human nature, this is the most important and most personal audiobook of Ann Rule's long career. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Conveys the emotional truth of the Green River case.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • "Riveting.” 

    People

  • "Perhaps Rule's finest work.” 

    Statesman Journal (Oregon)

  • “Rule once again validates her standing as one of the pre-eminent chroniclers of modern serial murder…Perhaps her greatest achievement is bringing Ridgeway's victims to life as distinct individuals, most of whom led lives of quiet desperation that brought them to prostitution and, eventually, to death at his hands.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 2/19/2014

    " This was an extensive, fantastic (if one can use that word for such a topic since it is true-perhaps I should just say "well written") read. I love Ann Rule--she herself is a fascinating women with so many crazy experiences. The fact that she was INVOLVED and not just a random author covering a topic makes this more interesting--(same w/ her Stranger Beside Me I'm reading now about Ted Bundy). I love how she covered so much of the back stories of victims and personally took it upon herself to memorize all their faces and things about them so that they would be PEOPLE and not just VICTIMS. He was/is definitely an enigma, which makes the factual account of things so intriguing--he's such an evil, demented man. I'm sure his sway to becoming what he became had some gradualness to it...surely he was an innocent child with potential at one point...I wonder when exactly the key breaking points occurred... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flasher702 | 2/15/2014

    " Well written with lots of details. I found this book both arousing and sickening and it literally gave me nightmares. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 De | 2/7/2014

    " Long story of the 20 year Green River killer investigation. But you cheer when they finally get the guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Barlow | 2/3/2014

    " It's sickening what humans are capable of doing to each other and the green river killer represents depravity at its most sickening. Ann Rule is the queen of true crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " As far as true crime goes, this was one of my faves! It was really the only book of it's kind that made me afraid at night. That's a good thing for me, but may not be for others. Definately not for the faint of heart, but if you like true crime this is a great one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/20/2014

    " I am a huge Ann Rule fan and found this book hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/20/2014

    " Ann Rule did it again. Absolutely astounding that this guy was able to get away with so much for so long. In my opinion, it's on par with "The Stranger Beside Me," as one of her best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julz | 1/18/2014

    " It's amazing how the pursuit of this killer finally paid off after so many years. The way it negatively impacted the lives of the detectives was an eye-opener for me, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sholeen | 1/8/2014

    " the writing is mediocre at best but having grown up in Seattle in the 80s, had to be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 1/4/2014

    " A very interesting book. I was really surprised at the killer's history and how he was able to carry out his murders without getting caught. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny Amyot | 12/25/2013

    " another great read by Ann Rule "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glo | 12/23/2013

    " The author really help you know the victums and the police officers who worked this crime "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/11/2013

    " The fact that this guy got away with all those murders for so long and it was a random action that got him caught. One of the best true murder stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 12/8/2013

    " Ann Rule is so good at telling the story and how the murderer was discovered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/11/2013

    " Ann Rule used to be great; this effort seemed half-hearted, in spite of the compelling nature of the story. Lots of repetition intended to build tension, but made me feel written-down-to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonny | 7/5/2013

    " What can I say? I love true crime novels. Though this one is a bit slow at times...mass murderers are facinating creatures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Leach | 6/14/2013

    " One of the best of Ann Rule's fluently written if sometimes slightly formulaic crime studies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 5/28/2013

    " The green river killer was so awful - he's not worth a book about him and this one gets a little tedious after a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peacegal | 5/8/2013

    " This book was fascinating and terrifying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Jean | 10/31/2012

    " This has been really slow reading for me. I don't really know why. Ordinarily, this is the sort of book i rac right through, but not this time. I'm almost done with Book 1, which appears to be the stories of all the victims.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micky Lee | 9/29/2012

    " just great as all of anns books r "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ness | 8/9/2012

    " I Love Ann Rule's books and any author who writes true crime or life books. I like the way she tells you about the victims, the criminal and those involved in solving the crimes. This is a good book and one I recommend to anyone who enjoys non-fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 8/4/2012

    " Too mush info would of like to read more about criminal then victims. Much to long... Lot of repeating of each victims... did not like this book that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 5/29/2012

    " Real crime. Good book if you like real crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/30/2012

    " Unbelievable that this guy got away with this for so long. and lived a somewhat normal life!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Nelson | 11/21/2011

    " Of the Ann Rule books I've read, this was definitely my favorite. More flow, more character background, less stultifying, repetitive detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flasher702 | 4/25/2011

    " Well written with lots of details. I found this book both arousing and sickening and it literally gave me nightmares. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthette | 3/1/2011

    " Ann Rule's extraordinary writing once again takes a gripping true crime drama and takes it over the top from absurdly creeping to downright horrifying. Not skimpy on the harrowing details, this account is not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/23/2011

    " A very well written true crime book written about a horrible man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cusmarg | 2/20/2011

    " This one wasn't as thrilling as some of her others. I wasn't that familiar with the case so it was an eye opener. I admire the way she described the victims with such empathy and dignity and the way she wove the killer's life into theirs and the investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/12/2011

    " I didn't know as much about the Green River Killer as I did about other serial killers until just recently. Ann Rule does a great job on this as always. I listened to an abridged copy of this on Cd but I think I would like to read a hard copy of it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/25/2010

    " Overall a pretty good read. However, the author tends to bounce around with her timeline, which makes following along difficult at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peacegal | 12/18/2010

    " This book was fascinating and terrifying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 12/11/2010

    " Ann Rule did it again. Absolutely astounding that this guy was able to get away with so much for so long. In my opinion, it's on par with "The Stranger Beside Me," as one of her best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer L | 12/5/2010

    " Kept me reading could not put it down...so sad that he killed so many before he was found out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 11/12/2010

    " A very interesting book. I was really surprised at the killer's history and how he was able to carry out his murders without getting caught. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rule

Ann Rule (1930 or 1931–2015) was a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. Eight of her books have been made into movies for television, and she won the Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices. She also won two Anthony Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award three times. Aside from being a writer, she was a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectured frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations.