*The first volume of Ann Rule's Crime Files anthologies - a benchmark in true crime writing.
A ROSE FOR HER GRAVE - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific North-West whose rage was directed primarily at women and children.
Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defences. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late.
This, along with five other chilling cases, bears the stamp of classic Ann Rule - informed, comprehensive, and eerily evocative of man's inhumanity to man.
No writer in America has ever probed the dark heart of a killer so deeply - Edna Buchanan
Master of the true-crime genre - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Ann Rule is simply the best. - Carla Norton, co-author of PERFECT VISION
Fascinating... Each page is a gripper. Ann Rule is truly a master crime writer. - REAL CRIME BOOK DIGEST
Ann Rule wrote thirty-five New York Times bestsellers. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship with infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she used her firsthand expertise in all her books. For more than three decades, she was a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lived near Seattle and passed away in 2015.