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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Dec 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671793578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671793579
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Saul [Ann Rule is] the undisputed master crime writer of the eighties and nineties.

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Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 18 2002
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This book was wonderfully entertaining -- I could hardly believe it was true. Usually I can tell by reading the captions under the pictures in the middle of the book generally what happened. Not so in this case. Ann did her usual wonderful job of taking me through the life of each character. However, when the crime began, the partners in crime changed so much and Kevin still remained such a close friend that I wondered almost to the end if he was going to get sucked into this horrible plan. The book was excellent, Ann did a wonderful job of introducing all of the characters to the reader. For the first time, I felt a little sorry for the criminal in the end (because of the end). Ann had taken me through his entire life so well that I felt I knew him. This book was especially interesting to me because I work in the criminal justice field and was amazed that these guys were able to get away with what they did for so long. I highly recommend this book to any true-crime reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. on Aug. 24 2001
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I'm quite surprised by the number of rave reviews this book has. I've read at least eight of Anne Rule's books and I loved most, but this was incredibly boring. A lot of time is spent describing the earlier carefree lives of several characters and apparently little happened then that was worth reading about. And I was totally put off by the assignment of blame onto one character and even his family. Even if he was the brains behind the crimes his friends joined him of their own free will. They had plenty of other options and were grown men who chose for themselves their eventual fate.
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By James on Oct. 28 2002
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The End of the Dream, by Ann Rule is about the adventures of a man named Scott Scurlock. It seems as though Scott was constantly seeking danger. He is the kind of person who felt that he always had to out-do everyone else. Scott lived in Washington State in an enourmous tree house. He has a mass of curly almost-black hair and he dresses like a bum, but the girls love him. Scott lived in a dream world but his thirst for danger would aventually overcome him. He had made money in the drug dealing business by growing and selling marijuanna in Hawaii and later producing methamphetamines. Scott soon found the ultimate adrenaline rush, which happened to be robbing banks.
Scott stole well over one million dollars and eventually earned himself the nickname,"Hollywood". He had great disguises and remarkable getaways. He was living like a king and getting away with everything. Scott's dream came to an end in a shoot-out with the police.
This book came to my attention because Scott Scurlock had graduated from Herndon High School which is where I go to school now. Although Scott made some bad decisions, he was really an amazing person and I wish I could have met him.
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I have read all of Ann's books, most of them twice, and I find this to be as intriguing as ever. I am lucky enough to live in the Northwest and am familiar with most of the towns and cities Ann writes about. In college, at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, I was fortunate to get the privilege of having a phone interview with Ms. Rule while working on my thesis "How A Serial Killer is Created", and I asked her why she wrote about true crime. The answer, "to help make young girls like you wary of the good-looking stranger", applies to this story as well. It's too bad someone like Scott Scurlock was unable to use his good looks and charm as a positive influence on those around him. I felt sorry for him too, though, because it seemed as if no one was willing to direct him to good choices beginning early on in his life and continuing on into his adulthood; rather, everyone stood back in awe of him, possibly frightened to intervene, for fear of losing his friendship anad respect. He really seemed to have so much to offer, if he just could have realized it. Thanks to Ann for her in-depth character analysis on yet another sociopath.
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I enjoyed the book tremendously because it reconnected me to a time in my youth when I had a strong association with Scotty and the Scurlock family. How painful it must have been for all of them to go through. I feel the strongest for MaryJane Scurlock. She has had enough heartache in one life for any woman. Scotty was always a free spirit. I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a bit of what Ann Rule described in her book as his magnetism and presence. Ann doesn't deserve to be attacked though, and I've seen a bit much on this site. She may not have hit the nail every time she swung the hammer, but I had little difficulty believing most of what I read, because it closely fit my memories, images and understanding of the principals involved. In fact, there was more than a bit of ugliness left under the sheets and she deserves some credit for keeping it there. As for me, I'm sad any of these things have happened at all. Scotty may have reaped what he had sown, but I still feel a sense of loss with his passing. Scotty chose his path and denied his gifts; it's a good lesson for all of us. I also feel some loss regarding Rev. Scurlock. I was one of many who listened to his thoughts and sermons and feelings for hours on end. He had much of the same charisma Scotty had. But his "reported" treatment of the Seattle police was arrogant and more than a bit disappointing. His deeds and unheeded philosophies are going to burden him for the rest of his life. It's a sad and well told story, worthy of more thought.
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