Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule

Green River, Running Red

In her most personal and provocative book to date, the #1 bestselling master of true crime presents "her long-awaited definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades" (Publishers Weekly). This is the extraordinary true story of the most prolific serial killer the nation had ever seen -- a case involving more than forty-nine female victims, two decades of intense investigative work...and one unrele...

Details Green River, Running Red

TitleGreen River, Running Red
Release DateOct 1st, 2005
PublisherPocket Books
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, Audiobook

Reviews Green River, Running Red

  • Matthew
    A very thorough and very interesting telling of the events surrounding the investigation of the Green River Killer. I did not know much about the Green River Killer - other than he committed a series of murders in Washington back in the 80s. Since I knew so little, this was a suspenseful whodunit? for me.The book is not easy to read if the horrific details of crimes make you queasy. It was shocking to read about what one human can do to another h...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "Prostitution is a profession born of desperation, poverty, alienation and loneliness."Ann Rule covers one of the most profilic serial killers in American history - a case involving more than forty-nine female victims and spanning over two decades of intense investigative work.Well, this one was a mixed bag. It's very clear from the beginning that Rule tries to use this novel as a way of humanising all of the Green River Killer's victims. With th...
  • Mel
    Edit: I am updating my review for this book because this Orlando massacre has made me realize something. I gave this book a 3.75/5 stars because I found it repetitive. I found hearing about the girls' life repetitive and I wanted to hear more about Gary Ridgway. But I was wrong in thinking that. I stand by everything else in my review, and it was repetitive, but in the way it was done, not what was said. Ridgway was charged with 48 murders, almos...
  • jv poore
    Chilling.And I want to be Ann Rule when I grow up.
  • Obsidian
    This was a really good true crime book, the main reason why I didn't give it five stars is that there was too much filler in here for me towards the end. A good 20 percent of this book could have deleted (after we get into the 1990s) since we all should know at this point that Ridgway (the Green River Killer) didn't get arrested until 2001 and was not convicted until 2003. Depending on the book I don't mind when Rule segues into the lives of the ...
  • Marcella Wigg
    Can't say this is a fun read, but Rule has a tendency to use victim-centered narrative, which I find progressive and important in discussions of true crime, and it was overall a well-done account of the cases of the Green River Killer. Ridgway is a pretty solid refutation to the common misconceptions about serial killers, that they must be extraordinarily successful or charming or intelligent, especially to evade capture. He was utterly ordinary ...
  • Lightreads
    And apparently the other thing I needed to be reading while studying for finals was a book about the man who raped and strangled (and often strangled and raped) over fifty women in Washington State. This is an utterly fascinating story, unfortunately packaged by an annoying true crime author. I wanted to read about Gary Ridgeway not because he’s a killer, but because he’s such an odd specimen. I mean, from a profiling standpoint, he just does...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    A true crime book about the man in Seattle who took the lives of at least 49 women. It took two decades of research on the author's part to compile the book.Anne Rule never disappoints. Her ability to ingratiate herself into the story is impressive. This was excellently researched.
  • Catten
    Stepping away from her typical formula of featuring multiple stories in one book, Ann Rule takes on a hefty project with Green River, Running Red.Rule began compiling information on this well-known serial killer in 1982, waiting for detectives to figure out whodunit so she could write about the self-described "killing machine," Gary Ridgway, who confessed in 2003 to strangling 48 women, starting with Wendy Lee Coffield in 1982 and ending with Pat...
  • JBradford
    I was visiting a friend in her office the other day when I noticed this book in her IN box and commented on the title, and she said “Do you want to read it?” I have read it; I could not put the damn thing down! Ann Rule has a marvelous facility for capturing your attention and making you want to see what comes next, and I was intrigued by the way she wove the threads of this plot into something that reads like a novel with alternate points of...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found here!TW: serial murders and mentions of strangulation, dismemberment, and necrophilia (although not in graphic detail)Never in my life did I ever think I’d put the word “necrophilia” on this blog, but here we are today. Welcome to talking about true crime and serial killers. Today, it’s Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer.He was active from 1982 to 1988 (but it’s speculated he could have kill...
  • rachel
    I didn't mind the endless descriptions of the victims. In fact, I liked that -- it keeps the memory of the transient, wayward girls Ridgway killed alive, even if the details of their lives were nothing remarkable. What I didn't like was reading about Ann Rule's awesome books and her awesome role as a tip call taker and how everyone in the true crime world looks to her as an expert, etcetera. The crime reporting is good, though the book could have...
  • Cecily Kyle
    I love reading about True Crime and especially serial killers. I was really surprised I hadn't heard of this one before considering the extent of his spree. Definitely an interesting read from someone who actually spoke to the killer before he was caught. I hope to read more books from Ann Rule! Decent Read!
  • Erica
    I vaguely remember the Green River Killer from when he was caught and it made headlines but I don't think I ever really knew much about him aside from snippets on serial killer websites or what have you.Because I am awful, every time he was mentioned by his less-than-creative moniker, I could only think of the Stuckey River Killer. I mean, that shouldn't be a go-to parody, right?This is only my second Ann Rule book and I find that, so far, I appr...
  • Teresa
    Two decades...More than forty victims...And the lives of many women ended in the reign of the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.For more than nineteen years, the prostitutes of King County, Washington were terrorized by the most sadistic serial killer in the nation's history. Although most of the victims disappeared between 1982 & 1984, it would take close to 100 detectives and more than 10 million fruitless tips for law enforcement to ...
  • Punk
    When I was a kid, I remember hearing about the Green River Killer. No details, just the name, but it was spooky enough that it stuck with me. And since my library doesn't have The Stranger Beside Me in ebook—I won't read it in paperback because I worked in a library; I know what those ratty true crime paperbacks look like and I'm not touching them—I chose this book as part of my exploration of the question: Do I really enjoy true crime or do ...
  • Trin
    What is it about Washington State that attracts serial killers? Last year I read Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me, which is a fascinating book in large part because Rule, even then a crime writer, was actually friends with its subject: Ted Bundy. That's a bizarre and disturbing piece of kismet right there. And it lead to a true crime story that was psychologically complex because Rule was clearly trying so hard to understand how the man who was ...
  • Katherine Addison
    This is an excellent account of the Green River Killer's reign of terror, from the discovery of Wendy Lee Coffield's body in 1982 to his long, gruesome interviews with detectives as part of his plea bargain in 2003. Rule, as a famous true crime writer living in the south Seattle area, found herself a part of the story even as she was trying to prepare to write about it (to a lesser degree than happened with Ted Bundy, but I'm sure the coincidence...
  • ♥ Marlene♥
    on Saturday, December 17, 2005 Wow. I am really shocked reading about this wanker.Especially when you consider they could have caught him so much earlier.There was 1 witness when he took off with Marie, a girl who was prostituting herself, her parents not knowing, with the help of her boyfriend. He saw her going in a car, and thought she looked scared when she was in the car so he followed them. The driver ( who later turned out to be Gary Ridgew...
  • Joshua
    Didn't really grab me until about page 470.I thought about not finishing it, but I wanted to know what happened.When they finally identified Ridgeway, things picked up.I appreciate Ann Rule's dedication to the victims and their families, but the writing became repetitive and monotonous. I suppose the monotony comes from the overall bleakness of this case, but it was not only bleak, but a chore to get through.I did find it rewarding, however, and ...
  • Debra
    This doesn't read a like a suspense thriller, so if you are looking for that, you may want to skip this true crime non-fiction book. There is a lot of biography for the unfortunates girls strangled by this horrible serial killer. You get to know many of them and it tears your heart out. Although, I'm glad they finally found the killer, I'm sorry it took so long.
  • Katherine
    For some reason this unusually rainy Spring/Summer has left me with an insatiable craving for true crime. From My Favorite Murder (more like, My Favorite Podcast) to The Keepers on Netflix, something about 2017 has me reaching for darker materials. I've been wanting to read about the GRK since I first discovered Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story last year. Rule is thorough and respectful, but what hooked me in...
  • Dan
    Not a big fan of Rule's writing style. This felt so impersonal the way the victims were almost listed like items by their appearances. Plus the way she kept referring to Ridgeway as he instead of his name for more than half the book.
  • Shaun
    The Green River Killer is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Convicted of killing 48 women (many prostitutes) investigators believe there may be more that he either couldn't remember as part of his plea deal or purposely held back. Like many serial killers, Gary Ridgway did not stand out, once again dispelling the myth that true evil shows itself in some way. A mild, meek man with a steady job and a wife, there was nothing parti...
  • j e w e l s
    scary. scary. scary.
  • Lisa
    In Washington State in the early 80s, young women were going missing. Mostly young women who were at risk – runaways and sex workers – everyone seemed content to believe that they had simply moved elsewhere. But when bodies started to be found, first in the Green River that would give a killer his name and then in clusters in lonely camping spots, the truth could no longer be ignored. A serial killer was in their midst.The Green River Killer ...
  • Jlsimon
    This book is a re-read for me. In truth it was one of my very first Ann Rule books. Rule does an outstanding job in her thorough research. She learned about the victims and made a point to make sure that the reader got to meet them through her. That to me is exceptionally important because it is to common to sensationalize the killer and forget how many people are devastated by the loss of someone they loved. I think it is to easy for people to d...
  • Betsey Smith
    If this is a typical Ann Rule book, I won't be reading any more of her books. Her topic was very interesting but her writing was disjointed and self-serving. She jumps around between topics and between time periods. Yes, I know those methods can create interest and maintain some level of suspense to a story that's already played out, but not in this case. The jumps here seemed unintentional, like this book was a combination of several versions of...
  • Donna
    This is my first Ann Rule book. It's very thorough, and at the beginning I worried that it would be a bit TOO detailed, but I stuck with it and was glad I did.The narrator, whose name escapes me at this moment, spoke in a very 'proper' manner, so it was a little disconcerting to hear her say things like 'oral sex' or 'anal sex' or a few of the other things she had to read, lol.I hadn't actually heard of the Green River Killer before finding this ...
  • David Bales
    Another terribly sad but very comprehensively written book by crime writer Ann Rule on the Green River Killer case that haunted the Pacific Northwest back in the '80s. Rule takes a different take this time, concentrating on the victims and their lives instead of solely on the lives of the police investigators and the murderer, Gary Ridgeway, who began murdering young women in 1981 and was not apprehended, (through DNA evidence) for another 20 yea...