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--And never let her go : Thomas Capano: the deadly seducer
Rule, Ann.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1999.
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479 pages ; 25 cm
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Newstead Library HV6534.W62 R85 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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From America's most celebrated true-crime writer comes the heartbreaking real-life drama of a doomed young woman hopelessly trapped in a web of sexual intrigue, political manipulation, and emotional deception by her charming and successful -- but ultimately deadly -- lover.

The author of fifteen "New York Times" national bestsellers, Ann Rule, a former Seattle policewoman, has researched thousands of homicides and understands every facet of murder investigation. Now, in the most complex and shocking book of her long career, she delves into the motivation that drove a seemingly successful man to kill, and she explores heretofore unknown aspects of a fatal affair between a beautiful young woman who moved confidently in the heady world of the upper echelons of government and a widely admired millionaire attorney who was an immensely popular political figure.

On June 27, 1996, thirty-year-old Anne Marie Fahey, who was the scheduling secretary for the governor of Delaware, had dinner with a man she had been having a secret affair with for more than two years. "Tommy" Capano, forty-seven, was perhaps the most politically powerful m

Author Notes

Ann Rule was born on October 22, 1931 in Lowell, Michigan. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in creative writing, with minors in psychology, criminology and penology. She began writing for magazines including True Detective, Master Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Office Detective in 1969. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 30 books including The Stranger Beside Me; Green River, Running Red; Practice to Deceive; Ann Rule's Crime Files series, and Lying in Wait. She died on July 26, 2015 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

In June 1996, Anne Marie Fahey, a 30-year-old secretary to the governor of Delaware, disappeared and was reported missing by her family. In the weeks that followed, a charming, successful, and well-connected attorney, Tom Capano, was charged with her murder. Rule, a former detective with a flair for the behind-the-scenes work of criminal investigations, tells the riveting story of the three-year secret affair between Fahey and Capano and a cruel obsession that led to murder. Capano was 17 years older than Fahey, a married man, and part of a prominent local family. Fahey was an insecure young woman, an anorexic, raised by an abusive father after her mother died when she was a child. Rule uses interviews, court transcripts, diaries, and e-mail correspondence to render a compassionate portrayal of the victim and a chilling portrayal of her killer. Rule is masterful at conveying the small-town atmosphere of Wilmington, the close connections between individuals, families, friends, and business associates. She details the separate lives of Fahey and Capano, their relationship, the investigation into Fahey's disappearance, and the eventual murder charge levied against Capano. Rule recounts Capano's bizarre machinations to free himself while awaiting trial in prison. He uses jailhouse acquaintances to plot to influence and even murder potential witnesses against him, unaware that his confidants have informed prosecutors in an effort to improve their own circumstances. This is a true page-turner, a compelling rendering of a crime committed by a deeply troubled, egotistical sociopath. --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Shocking events led to Delaware's 1999 "trial of the century," which crime writer Rule (Bitter Harvest) investigates. Beyond murder and detection, she explores the participants' minds and personalities. She focuses on pretty Anne Marie Fahey, a 30-year-old single woman with poverty and unhappiness in her past but who as secretary to the governor always smiled. When she vanished, law enforcers discovered her three-year affair with a wealthy married man, Thomas Capano, who at 43 was handsome, unsmiling, and fierce when crossed. Suspicion builds with clues such as a missing gun registered to Capano's main mistress; his purchase of a large plastic cooler, set adrift at sea; his rug and sofa, dumped by his shady brothers; and, finally, two murder contracts. Reader Melissa Leo's lovely, methodical voice underplays dramatic scenes; even a joyous phrase, "It was a good time," carries gloom. A worthy addition to general collections and for true crime fans.--Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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