The first five books written by author Ann Rule include "The Stranger Beside Me" (1980), "The Lust Killer" (1983), "The Want-Ad Killer" (1983), "The I-5 Killer" (1983) and "Mind Games" (1984). Books two, three and four were published under the pen name Andy Stack.
Ann Rule, a full-time crime writer since 1969, has published 33 books and 1,400 articles and is regarded by many as the foremost true crime writer in America. As a former Seattle policewoman, she has the ability to write from different perspectives. Her books deal with the victims' stories, prosecutors, law enforcement solving the crimes and killers' lives. She researches her books for many months before she returns to her office to write.
Rule published her first book, "The Stranger Beside Me," in 1980. The book was about her partner at Seattle's Crisis Clinic, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
All of Rule's books have been on the New York Times' Bestsellers list. Eight of her books have been made in to TV movies, with five more in the works. Many credit Rule for shaping the true crime genre in to what it is today. She has even published a fiction novel, "Possession," which is a psychological suspense story.