Tuesday 28 July 2020

Lust Killer by Ann Rule

Lust KillerLust Killer by Ann Rule
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 295

Publisher - Berkley Books

Source - bought from Amazon

Blurb from Goodreads

When young women begin mysteriously disappearing in Oregon, Police Lieutenant James Stovall leads a relentless search for a killer. With little evidence available, and the public screaming for answers, he must find a remorseless, brutal killer whose identity will shock them all ...

One by one the young women vanished without a trace ...

Pretty Linda Slawson disappeared while trying to make a living selling encyclopedias door to door.

Lovely college girl Jan Whitney never completed her two-hour drive home on the freeway.

Beautiful pre-med honor student Karen Sprinker failed to show up for a lunch date with her mother.

Stunningly attractive Linda Salee dropped out of sight while her boyfriend waited and worried for hours.

By then the pattern was clear. Oregon's massive police search was under way. But not even Lt James Stovall, the brilliant investigator in charge, suspected how grisly the crimes were - or who the man who killed like a sadistic monster would turn out to be ...

"Rule springs surprises and revelations with a novelist's skill.'
- Seattle Times

My Review

I read/watch a fair amount of true crime books/programmes but I have never heard of this guy before. Jerome Brudos was a serial killer in the 1960s based in Oregon, was a family man and brazen enough to conduct his atrocities with his family in the house, no idea what was going on.

His wife was a very naive woman who took her husbands word pretty much as gospel, when he told her never to go out into the freezer and tell him what she needed out. Never to go into his "workshop" and encouraged her to dabble in some dress up/photography even though it made her uncomfortable.

The author takes us through his life, his perversions, the ignorance of his poor wife, the police investigation and shows us how easy it is for an innocent to get trapped in a world of suspicion and murder helped by the word of a gossip neighbour. First time reading this author, absolutely would read her again and she apparently had loads of books on true crime, 4/5 for me this time.

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