For eight years, Sheriff David Reichert devoted days and nights to capturing the Green River Killer - the most notorious serial killer in American history. He was the first detective on the case in 1982 and doggedly pursued it as the body count climbed to 49 and it became the most infamous unsolved case in the nation. Frantically following all leads, even as more bodies surfaced near the river outside Seattle, Sheriff Reichert befriended the victims' families, publicly challenged the killer, and risked his own safety - and the endurance and love of his family - before he found his madman. But Reichert's hunt didn't end when he finally cornered a truck painter named Gary Ridgway. It would be yet another 11 haunting years before forensic science could prove Ridgway's guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Chasing the Devil is the gripping firsthand account of Reichert's relentless pursuit - a 21-year odyssey full of near-misses and startling revelations. Told in vivid detail by the man who knows the whole story - the man who has stared into the eyes of absolute evil - this is a pause-resisting real-life suspense story of unparalleled heroism.
©2004 Sheriff David Reichert (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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The book was excellently written and well-narrated. The content of the book is about as dark as you can go. People who are called upon to serve usually live difficult lives, and Sheriff Reichert's life and many others were changed forever. The audiobook includes recorded interrogations with two killers. You can sense the evil while listening and its truly disturbing.
Sheriff David Reichert and team.
Excellent, as if he was Reichert himself telling the story.
The families of the victims on the day of sentencing.
God bless Sheriff David Reichert and the rest of the brotherhood.
"A reminder of how far forensic science has come"
I liked this book for the faith and integrity of the author to see the case through to the end. His patience is a testament to all families out there waiting to know the fate of a lost loved one. His commitment to the the victims as well as the families is a compelling story in its own right. I became interested in this subject after watching a mediocre TV version....the book is better.
More than just a gruesome recount of the deeds of a very sick individual.
"An excellent work by a dedicated law man."
I really liked it because it is told from the perspective of the man who hunted the Green River Killer for decades. I also listened to Anne Rule's book about the Green River murders and found it full of facts but nothing incomparison this book.
talked a lot about police politics which I found to be boring also didn't put in a lot of details like an investigative journalist would do...he did put in audio of the killer which was cool, I walked away thinking that he was mostly concerned with how people would judge his performance as a detective, and maybe make some money in the process by selling a tell all book...don't know don't care returned the book.
"Deep and insightful"
Conveys the frustration and crushing sense of the early days of the investigation, with much detail not covered in other works on this subject.
"overall it was a good book but too short"
enjoyed this book as a follow-up of the Green River Running Red by Ann Rule. However I felt a lot more could have been written and was a bit disappointed.
"Hats off to the thin blue line"
Awesome ... no that word is not good enough, incredible.
Being able to feel his emotions on working the case and the need to find justice regardless of the time frame was fanminal to read.
The clips of interviews he was a part of is a hardcore bonus.
My only wish is that Reichert was also the narrator.
"Very well written account of a monster."
It can be difficult for non fiction books to keep an interest of a reader as the writer cannot take liberties with the story. Whether it the writing or the horrible acts committed by the green river killer, this is a must read that keeps you sucked in.
Fascinating to follow the cops as they go about their business and all that is involved in tracking a serial killer with the countless leads, suspects and evidence.
The only thing that I didn't like was that there wasn't enough. I've read other books on the Green River Killer and I know this was abridged so it seemed to skip over so much of the story. Other than that, it was a very interesting perspective and the actual audio from interviews with Bundy and Ridgeway were quite fascinating. I love hearing these true crime stories through the deceives eyes. It adds depths and emotions that you wouldn't find otherwise. Please release the full version!
loved it really good listen. I would recommend it to any real crime buff. intriguing
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