There are a few good male true crime writers but only a woman could connect the crime details to normal life as most of us live it.
But this book?
It is allegedly based on a true story but it’s like nothing Rule ever wrote before and if God is in His heaven, she’ll never write anything like it again.
I got one fleeting anecdote about Rule. At one point in my life, I believe on a true crime newsgroup, if they even still have such things, I chanced to “talk” to Ms. Rule, God bless me.
I gushed like the fan I am and mentioned another writer I also liked, forget his name….book something like “And the Sea Shall Tell”. Or something.
Rule sniffs, figuratively, “I think he uses a ghost writer.”
Well goodness, there I was all atwitter about chancing to speak with my favorite true crime author and I never even thought that maybe writers have GHOST writers….why would they do that? I mean, so okay, Paris Hilton might have to hire someone to write her story but a writer is what? A writer, right?
Anyway, Ann, you know I love you, but did you get a ghost writer to write this book?
It’s not, please understand, that the words in the book were written poorly. The writing was fine, good enough that I believe Rule wrote it.
But the style was so very different from that I expected from Ann Rule.
This book is the story of a criminal nut job named Duane Elvis Demich. This guy stalked a couple, Danny and Joanne Lindstrom, until he got an opportunity to murder Danny and “abduct” his wife Joanne. The Lindstroms were hiking and enjoying the outdoors when Demich got his wish: Danny Lindstrom was killed and Joanne Lindstrom then became Demich’s Posession.
Sam Clinton is a crusty old geezer who happened to be Danny’s partner on the police force. Sam did not believe that Danny was killed by a bear nor did he leave his beloved wife Joanne to be victim of the rogue bear.
Clinton never believed there was a bear as the investigating authorities and he believed that Joanne was up there in the mountains, still alive, held against her will….by whom Sam did not know.
Instead of narrating the story as Rule generally does in her true crime books, she tells the story as if it were a work of fiction.
I hated it. If I want a work of fiction I will buy a work of fiction.
Rule told the story of the Lindstroms, the crazy Demich, his background, Sam Clinton….his trials and tribulations. But she told it in what writers call the passive observer style, as if the author was overhead watching the action and writing it down. To include the thoughts of the characters and x-rated scenes.
Obviously a true crime writer does NOT know the thoughts of the characters in a true crime and the x-rated parts seemed so gratuitous. Makes me wonder if Rule is trying to cram as many books in her years left on earth as she can.
And hey, I’d purchase and read them all. But Ann….this is NOT what I expect from Ann Rule.
I’m fearful of buying another book as this book just freaking annoyed me.