- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 18, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684810484
- ISBN-13: 978-0684810485
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 206 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And Never Let Her Go : Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer Hardcover – October 18, 1999
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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
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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.)
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The writer takes you to the relationship between Ann Marie and Tom, gives you understanding of his control over her, her fear of him, her desire to move on and escape his control, his manipulation and lying, not to mention his out and out lust for every skirt he could find. The writer shows you how Tom Capano had no soul, how he threw everyone under the bus just to save his own neck. Great writing by Ann Rule, great writing.
Tom Capano was a moderately successful lawyer from a rich family. He had a beautiful wife, living daughters, and a mistress who would do anything for him.
Yet he HAD to have Anne Marie.
For three years, he and Anne had a turbulent, on-and-off-again affair. He tried to dominate every aspect of her life, and she allowed him because she thought it was showing how much he loved her.
Once she started getting her life together, Anne started pulling away from Tom, realizing he was just trying to control her.
Ann Rule has once again written a compelling story of human pathos and wanting. In "And Never Let Her Go," she tells the sad story of a young woman who never really had a chance. After a childhood starved of affection and stumbling through her adulthood, Anne Marie had finally found happiness with her boyfriend and in her professional life. That is until Tom Capano, a man who swore he loved her, decided that, if he couldn't have her, no one could.
Through personal histories and documentation of the trial, Ann Rule takes you into a hurricane of pathos.
This is a great read for mystery and true crime fans alike.
Anne Marie was so beautiful and full of life and Capano-pure evil. How he killed her, disposed of her and then tried to pin it on his long time lover who he also controlled sickened me. The thing about Annie was she saw him for what he was (in time) she was trying to get him out of her life but it was her kindness and compassion for the well being of others that put her int that horrible place that night -it must have been pure evil against pure goodness and I hate to say that evil won that night. We will never ever know what really happen but am prettty sure it wasn't the versions handed to the public by Capano and Co. (his attorneys).
Surprisingly I googled Tom Capano after finishing the book to see if he had been executed or if a date was set and found he died in prision of natural causes.
I finished the book and thought about Annie-I have no doubt she would have married the wonderful man she was dating while trying to break out of the grip of TC. She had such a tough childhood it made me sad to see how her life ended when she had so very much going for her.
This is about the 4th Ann Rule book I have read & will continue to read her books.