• And Never Let Her Go

  • Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (449 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 15 New York Times national best sellers, 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, 30-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, 47, was perhaps the most politically powerful man in Wilmington. Son of a wealthy contractor, former state prosecutor, partner in a prestigious law firm, advisor to governors and mayors, Tom Capano had a soft-spoken and considerate manner that endeared him to many. Although recently estranged from his wife, he was a devoted father to his four beautiful young daughters, the trusted son of his widowed mother, and the backbone of his extended family. But sometime after 9:15 that night when Anne Marie and Tom left a Philadelphia restaurant, something terrible happened to Anne Marie. It would be 48 hours before her brothers and sisters realized that she had disappeared entirely. 

Ann Rule brilliantly traces the lives of both Fahey and Capano as she discloses the intimate details of their ill-fated bonding. A vulnerable, trusting woman becomes spellbound by a charming, duplicitous married man, and what begins as a seemingly unremarkable affair is slowly transformed into an obsessive, convoluted, and deadly relationship. 

Through her impeccable research, Rule peels away layer after layer of deception to reveal a man who lived a secret life for decades, a man so greedy that he would sacrifice anyone to gain what he desired. One of his many mistresses - all of whom were unknown to one another - was Deborah MacIntyre, an attractive and wealthy member of one of Wilmington's oldest families and an administrator of an elite private school. She, too, would become part of the mystery surrounding Anne Marie's disappearance. 

As three prominent families are destroyed to satisfy one man's jealous obsessions, this unfathomable tragedy becomes a tale that few would believe if it were presented as fiction. Shockingly, it is all true. Destined to become a classic, And Never Let Her Go is a riveting account of forbidden love and murder among the rich and powerful, and a chilling insight into the evil that sometimes hides behind even the most charming façade.

©1999 Ann Rule. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Don't give up!!

The book was slow in the very beginning but when the author got through with the background of the characters, it began to grab my attention and held it all the way to the end.

I thought the narrator was great for this particular book.

Enjoy!!

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Keep with it- Fantastic!

Whoa!!! A fantastic read!!
This book started out a bit slow but I couldn't stop listening once I started. And once it got going
it was riveting.
I believe this is one of Ann Rule's best books and I've read almost all of them.
It's very detailed, which I like. You get to know all the characters, some local history, and an absolutely
bizarre trial.
We all have different tastes but one reason I liked Ann Rule's style was that she laid out everything and built
from there. She doesn't omit any details. This works well for me.
This story is a horrendous account of a monster who had so much going for him. His victim was exactly the type he
could prey on. So very sad and unnecessary.
Ann Rule has been gone a few years and unfortunately the epilogue is very outdated. I looked up the characters on google
and a lot has changed since the book ended. It's worth a look.

5 star throughout.

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Story

The story is excellent, and a good word of caution that with people like Tom, when you realize you’re in deep sh!t, it’s too late.

This type of abuse can happen to anyone: man or woman, young or old.

The book itself could be trimmed by 4 hours


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Take my advice and listen to this true crime tale.

Yes, 20 hours is a very long time to invest in listening to a story. However! Ms Rule
really did an amazing job telling this one. It's sad, frightening, maddening and at times.
relief for the victim. The narration by Cassandra Campbell is spot on, in every way one
needs to keep interest.

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Kept forgetting it was Ann Rule though

Narrator is excellent. Good story, a little dragged out but was enjoyable to listen to.

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typical AR elementary

it had been a few years since I read an Ann Rule book and this reminded me why , AWFUL ! She had a great story where there was a villain but she couldn't help herself from making the women, the police and the lawyers out to be near perfect . TELL THE STORY , we are smart enough to know people have flaws .

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One of Ann Rule's finest

Meticulously researched, and full of empathy for a young woman who clearly just wanted to be loved, this book is Ann Rule at her best. For those patient enough to allow her to set the stage, what follows is a gripping cautionary tale with a victim at the center that many readers will have no difficulty relating to and grieving for.

Rule's cases are always focused and full of detail. She does a masterful job of laying out the sequence of events, and of exploring and contextualizing behavior.

I think the only aspect of this title that I didn't enjoy- and I see plenty of people on here praising the performance, so this is clearly just subjective- is the narrator. Campbell's voice is very soothing. Yet I found her subtle, almost "valley-girl" accent really distracting. It could almost be ignored... until she would switch into the conversational "character voices." The most egregious example I can think of is the voice she would assume for one of the stories major players, Debbie Mcintyre.

I don't know why Campbell chose this girly, quacking affect. I don't know if she was aiming to clearly differentiate between the narration and the testimonials- or if she just thought it'd be fun to make all of the female characters in this story (even the sympathetic ones) sounds like teenaged ditzes.

All I can say is... rude.

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Intriguing and detailed storyline

Ann Rule's told this story with such details that it was almost as if you are in the story scene. The story pulls you in and yo can see all the intricate details.

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Unbelievable

It is always the ppl that are supposed to love you. Sad🤯 True crime as much as I love it makes you wonder what is wrong with ppl of this world. I pray for Ann Marrie's Family as that kind of pain never goes away. He is exactly where he needs to be and Lord forgive me but, hopefully dead soon.

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I felt I knew the Victim Intimately!

I literally cried of sadness for the victim ,her loved ones &her new love! I would recommend this book

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