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And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano, the Deadly Seducer Hardcover – Large Print, April 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Mystery
  • Hardcover: 846 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786224290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786224296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,895,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Thomas Capano was a powerful man in Delaware. The golden child of a respected immigrant family, he had everything most people could ever hope for: money, a family he adored, widespread respect and admiration. His former lover Anne Marie Fahey was never that lucky. Her youth was a seemingly endless string of heartbreak, disappointment, and misery. Somehow, though, she managed to get through it all--her mother's death, abuse from her alcoholic father, devastating poverty--and make a niche for herself as a trusted secretary to Delaware's governor. Thirty years old, she had a whole new life ahead of her. She'd met a young man whom she hoped to someday marry and start a family with, and she finally seemed able to put her past behind her.

But Thomas Capano did not want to be put behind anyone. It was his sheer arrogance--the arrogance that couldn't accept rejection, that couldn't fathom being caught and convicted--that killed Anne Marie Fahey, and Ann Rule's telling of Fahey's story reveals the mind of a true monster. Capano's narcissism prevented him from feeling anything for anyone but himself, but the gripping narrative of And Never Let Her Go is surely the story that Fahey and her family would have wanted to be told. --Lisa Higgins --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Most people like to think they recognize evil when they see it. But as this gripping story of a 1996 Delaware murder makes clear, most people are wrong. Much more than the profile of a handsome, insidious killer and the young woman he murdered, true-crime veteran Rule's latest is also the story of three close-knit families and how 30-year-old Anne Marie Fahey's death strengthened or destroyed them. When Fahey, the scheduling secretary for Governor Thomas Carper, was reported missing, her relationship with the older, married Capano was known only to a tiny handful of close friends. A prominent lawyer from a powerful local family, Capano had served as a political adviser to local and state officials. But he also had less savory attributes, many revealed during the investigation into Fahey's disappearance and his subsequent murder trial. Fahey was the only woman Capano murdered, but she certainly wasn't his only victim. Both the Faheys and Debby McIntyre, Capano's mistress of 18 years, trusted Rule enough to share details of their lives. Rule (Bitter Harvest, etc.) doesn't betray that trust, nor does she shortchange the Capano family. All those involved emerge as real people whose lives are circumscribed by experience. When Capano's brothers turned state's evidence, revealing their parts in helping dispose of Fahey's body, Capano accused McIntyre of the murder. His ruthlessness, the constancy of the Fahey family and the Capanos' loyalty to Tom (who's now on Delaware's death row) become, in Rule's capable hands, the raw material for a modern-day tragedy. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I am an author of true-crime books, and I'm now working on my 25th and 26th: NO REGRETS and TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE. I have lived in the Seattle Area for many years. Before that, I grew up in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and lived in Texas, Oregon, and near Niagara Falls, N.Y. I always wanted to be a police officer--because my grandfather was a sheriff in Michigan. I joined the Seattle Police Department when I was 21, worked a year and a half, but then I couldn't pass the eye test. After five years of rejection slips, I finally sold my first article for $35! Soon, I found my niche when I began writing for the fact-detective magazines like TRUE DETECTIVE in 1970, and I wrote more than a thousand homicide cases, and went to hundreds of trials. My first book, THE STRANGER BESIDE ME, was about Ted Bundy, but, amazingly, I had the book contract to write about an unknown killer six months before Bundy was identified as the "Ted Killer." And I had known him all along, and didn't realize it; he was my partner in the all-night shift at Seattle's Crisis Clinic! Oddly, I started out writing humor, but unless you are Erma Bombeck, Garrison Keillor, or Fanny Flagg or Dave Barry, it's hard to make a living. Now I write humor for fun and for my friends.

I graduated in Creative Writing from the U of Washington, with minors in criminology and psychology. I also have an AA degree in law enforcement, taking classes in crime scene investigation, arrest, search and seizure, crime scene photography and forensic science. I've lectured in seminars all across America to detectives, prosecutors, and even at the FBI Academy. My subjects have been serial murder, high profile offenders, and women who kill. I write two books every year--one hardcover single-case book, and one Ann Rule's True Crime Files original paperback. Although people tend to think I write only about the Northwest, I go wherever the cases are most interesting. I've written about murder cases in Florida, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Texas, Hawaii, and California, too.

I raised five children on my own--starting out with articles for baby care magazines, Sunday features, true confessions, and then "slicks" like Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. Now, my children are grown.

I like to keep in very close touch with my readers, and I'm able to do that with a weblog and a guestbook on my website pages at www.annrules.com This also gives readers a chance to talk with each other, and its' a pretty lively spot--as I'm sure this page will be.

To choose a book subject, I weed through about 3,000 suggestions from readers. I'm looking for an "anti-hero" whose eventual arrest shocks those who knew him (or her): attractive, brilliant, charming, popular, wealthy, talented, and much admired in their communities--but really hiding behind masks.

I'm a reader myself, and I always have several books going at once--one upstairs, downstairs, near the bathtub, in my car, and beside my hammock (in the summer, of course!)

Customer Reviews

Thomas Capano is a very twisted miss guided man who stalks and then kills anne marie Fahey.
Sharrey Kalbus
I very nearly read this book in one huge gulp...the only thing that kept from from rushing through it was dreading the last page.
Betsy Pascucci
This is really Ann Rule's best book yet, and one of the best books I've ever read in true crime.
One Fancy Angel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By One Fancy Angel on January 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's been many, many years since I've stayed up all night to finish a book, but this one did it for me.
Ann Rule is in top form in this book; her writing is quite well done, unlike many in the true crime genre. The book flows, and while no stone is left unturned, one doesn't feel exhausted and distracted by detail.
At first, I wasn't interested in purchasing this book, believing that since the case received a lot of national publicity and was so recent, I'd know beforehand what I'd read. But I was utterly wrong.
This is really Ann Rule's best book yet, and one of the best books I've ever read in true crime.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
During the time covered in this book I worked as a federal law enforcement officer with an office at the Byrne Courthouse at 6th & Market Streets in Philadelphia, PA. I worked with most of the agencies mentioned by the author and I found the book gave me even more information than I already knew. The author really painted a portrait that makes one want to empathize even more with the Fahey family and her once hoped-to-be husband Mike. What a great piece of research and writing.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By bitemore on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been an Ann Rule fan since she wrote "Stranger Beside Me," about Ted Bundy. I've read nearly all of her books, and her current work, "And Never Let Her Go," ranks at the top of my list. It's a page turner, and it doesn't matter that you begin the book knowing the outcome! Ann Rule expertly draws the reader into the lives of the victim and her slayer, and manages to evoke true empathy for the victim. A sense of outrage pervades the book, as well it should. There is also the realization that evil knows no socio-economic class, which makes it a very scary eye-opener!
In many ways, this book is the only real justice the victim, Anne Marie Fahey, will ever have. It stands as a true memorial, and no one who reads this book will ever forget her.
It is easy to see how Ann Rule gains the confidence of the people involved, in that her facts are impeccably researched, and her portrayal of the lives of the victims is sensitive to a fault.
I can't wait until the next book by Ann Rule is published!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Edenfield on January 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As stated, I found this book to be a very compelling read, even though I live in the Delaware Valley and followed this story closely in the local news. The intricate details and obviously well researched information by the author of this case and the two families involved only emphasizes this unreal tragedy. Since I did follow this as a news story, I was astounded to read some of the background information, quite often overlooked when news coverage is limited to a few sensational headlines. I found this to be a well written story which I couldn't put down.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a burned-out former paralegal from Wilmington, Delaware. I knew Thomas Capano and Anne Marie Fahey. I followed the trial closely, and I have read all four true crime books based on this case. Even though Ms. Rule is not a local reporter, her understanding of Wilmington's unique political and social climate is much deeper and more nuanced than any of the other authors'. I strongly recommend this book, which is both a clear-eyed study of this case and a real pleasure to read -- fast-moving and yet deeply felt.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
It is unusual for Ann Rule to write on such a widely covered story, but her experience as a author of true crime books is again apparent. Having read the Vanity Fair article and another book on the subject, I thought there would be nothing be gained from reading this book. She has captured every detail about an overly controlling murderer who had to have his own way even to the point of weakening his defense in court. Her sympathetic portrayal of the many victims in this book including Tom Capano's daughters and Ann Marie's family reminds us of how one man's actions can affect so many.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen "Barb" on September 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ann Rule does a masteful job of showing the reader the background of the people involved in one of the most sensational murder trials of the past decade. She shows us how the murderer and his victim played out a deadly pas de deux: a master manipulator and a woman whose deeply-entrenched insecurities made her easy to manipulate; a glib and suave psychopath and a woman who was just too trusting, too unsophisticated, too darn NICE. Although she eventually tried to break off the relationship with a man she had come to recognize as a domineering control freak and stalker, she constantly worried about hurting his feelings! In e-mail after e-mail, she's apologizing to him, when she should be furious and appalled at the way he is treating her. She became afraid of him, but it's obvious that she never grasped the full extent of how he was manipulating her - nor did she understand the real danger she was in.

Ann Rule shows us that this was the pattern in Capano's other relationships - when his long-time mistress Debby McIntyre found out that the so-called love of her life had been cheating on her with other women and lying to her - she panics because she's afraid it means he's going to leave her! Once again, Thomas Capano chose a woman who was so insecure and needy that she would stay in a relationship purely on his terms and blame herself for anything that went wrong.

Highly recommended.
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