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Fatal Embrace: The Inside Story Of The Thomas Capano/Anne Marie Fahey Murder Case (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2007

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About the Author

Cris Barrish, 40, grew up in the Wilmington area, graduated from the University of Delaware and has worked as a sports, political and investigative reporter at the Wilmington News Journal for the last 18 years. He has won numerous awards from the Associated Press, Best of Gannett, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists during his career. He has covered the Fahey-Capano case from start to finish, writing nearly 300 stories. Fatal Embrace is his first book. Barrish and his wife, Mary, have a four-year-old son, Luke.

Peter Meyer is a former News Editor of Life magazine and the author of numerous nonfiction books, including the critically acclaimed Yale Murder, Death of Innocence and Dark Obsession. Meyer has also won journalism awards from the University of Missouri and the Robert Kennedy Foundation for his reporting and writing for such national publications as Harper's, Vanity Fair, New York, Life, Time and People.
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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (November 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312970315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312970314
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Greeley on April 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read both Ann Rule's book and Summer Wind, and I found Fatal Embrace to be much better that the other two. I thought that Fatal Embrace simply presented the story without too much of the author's spin on what transpired. The authors of Fatal Embrace let the story speak for itself, for the most part, while the authors of the other two had to interject the own theories about what happened and why.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Barrish has captured an intriguing story with an insight that only someone who has followed this tragedy from it`s beginning could possibly have written. The story itself is fascinating with its subplots of family turmoil, sexual adventures,drug abuse, political connections, and eventually murder. Mr. Barrish`s coverage of the trial and his ability to add new and insightful details of Capano`s personal life made this book a must read . The author has added much to an already riveting story. His closeness to the story can be felt. He has been able to add to this story by his obvious closeness to this murder story. Mr. Barrish was able to take you into the minds and hearts of the people who were touched by Ann Marie Fahey. He let you know the intimate details of local police officials,the prosecutors,witnesess,and seems to have been able to talk with almost evryone except the defendant himself about this crime.I can recommend this book highly to readers because of its captivating subject and the quality of Mr. Barrish`s writing. This a definite made for TV piece of work. Thumbs up for a quality investigation and reporting on a most intiguing sexual/murder/courtroom drama.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Washington, DC on November 1, 1999
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Even having read and heard a fair amount about this case, I thought Fatal Embrace was captivating. The level of detail is what makes this book stand out. Obviously, the authors didn't put this tale together by investigating the story after the fact. They were there, and the book reads like it. Even if you think you already know the story, this book breaks plenty of new ground. If you don't know much about this murder mystery, good luck putting this book down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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This is the best of the four true crime books on Capano-Fahey. The others are warmed-over court testimony. Fatal Embrace brims over with facts never published in the Wilmington or Philadelphia newspapers. It reads like a movie script -- unfolding scene by scene. I kept it on my car dashboard. Cris Barrish has outdone master crime storyteller Ann Rule this time around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2001
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Of the 3 books currently available concerning the Capano-Fahey case, this looked to be the best. It did not disappoint. The book was written by a reporter who covered the case from beginning to end, Cris Barrish. His grasp of the details of the case and descriptions of the way the case impacted the community make the book truly enthralling. The writing style is excellent, never too wordy. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the author(s) were a little too vehement in their dislike for Capano and were not as objective as they could have been. However, that doesn't mean I don't highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in finding out what happened to Anne Marie Fahey. The reviewer who said the book was boring is plain wrong. It's as much a "couldn't put it down" book as I've read in the true crime genre.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Maryland on November 7, 1999
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I agree with all the other reviewers who gave this 5 stars. I've read 3 of the other books on this crime & this is definitely the best--even better than Ann Rule's. The authors seem to have had more of an inside view than Ann Rule & tell a more well rounded story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By katherine Ann waugh on May 19, 2014
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Though touted as much more an "insider's" take and a more complete coverage of Ms Fahey's murder, I found this book no more informative than Ms Rule's.
I also resent paying a high e-book price for a true crime book with NO photographs.
Also, a few details were left unexplained: How did the prosecution find Capano's timeline, hidden in his law partner's bookcase ? Was the gun shown at trial recovered from the landfill, or just "like" the gun bought by Capano's mistress ?
This book is very well-organized and written; I bought it primarily because it was co-written by Peter Meyer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A reader on February 26, 2000
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I must be on a different planet than the previous reviewer, but it's clear that person is in the minority of Fatal Embrace readers. Having also followed Cris Barrish's scintillating accounts in the newspaper, I was amazed at how he developed the charactersa and countless pieces of new information into a complex yet fast-paced and easy-to-follow narrative. My hats off to Mr. Barrish and his collaborator, Peter Meyer, for writing this masterpiece of true crime.
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