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The End Of The Dream The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up: Ann Rules Crime Files Volume 5 [Mass Market Paperback]

Ann Rule
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Dec 1 1998 Ann Rule's Crime Files (Book 5)
They were best friends, four talented and charismatic young men who lived charmed lives among the evergreens of Washington state: Kevin, the artist; Steve, the sculptor; Scott, the nature lover and unabashed ladies' man; and Mark, the musician and poet. With their stunning good looks, whip-sharp minds, athletic bodies -- and no lack of women who adored them -- none of them seemed slated for disaster.
But few knew the reality behind the leafy screen that surrounded Seven Cedars, Scott's woodland dream home -- a tree house equipped with every luxury. From this idyllic enclave, some of these trusted friends would become the quarry for a vigilant Seattle police detective and an FBI special agent, who unmasked clues to disturbing secrets that spawned murder, suicide, million-dollar bank robberies, drug-dealing, and heartbreaking betrayal. When the end came in a violent stand-off, the ringleader of the foursome -- the fugitive dubbed "Hollywood" for his ingenious disguises and flawless getaways; the persuasive talker who turned his friends into accomplices -- faced a final chapter no one could have predicted. In a blast of automatic gunfire, the highest and lowest motives of the human heart were, at last, revealed.
Along with four other true-crime tales, The End of the Dream is a masterful and compelling tour of the criminal mind from Ann Rule.

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Aug. 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Did I read the same book? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Scurlock Oct. 28 2002
By James
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Ann Rule reader, Tracie Napoli! March 16 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars I knew many of the characters and enjoyed the book March 15 1999
By A Customer
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
I have always loved Ann Rules books but this one with the main story about that bank robber was not up to her usual talents. It just wasn't as interesting as all the others.
Published 4 months ago by Beverly Calder
5.0 out of 5 stars review for "The end of the dream"
I am 51 years old and I live in St.Peters, Mo. I am an avid reader and love Ann Rule's books on true crime. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Tim Lock
1.0 out of 5 stars DON"T BOTHER
Pathetic.....nothing more than National Enquirer garb.
How much did these maggots make giving information on
people they "thought" they knew? tsk tsk....
Published on June 16 2003 by Pat O'Malley
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Ann's Best!
It was interesting to pick up a book and read about things that have gone on in my own backyard. I'm from Seattle Washington, the setting of this book is based in the area. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by SunShineShoes
2.0 out of 5 stars not that interesting
i'm a true ann rule fan, but this story did not have the spark that her other books have. i was a little disappointed.
Published on Aug. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
This is another great Ann Rule read. I was amazed at how easily things came to this man (Scott) and how easily he threw it all away. Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Paying the Price
Ann Rule's book, The End of the Dream, is an excellent case study of a group of bank robbers that paid the ultimate price for their crimes. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A TALENTED MALE PRIMA DONA
Ann Rule can do no wrong; her stories are always interesting, however, not quite as complex as the ones the late Thomas Thompson wrote (who is my favorite author for true... Read more
Published on May 27 2001 by Brady Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put It Down
I'm a big fan of True Crime books, and Ann Rule's in particular. This is one of her best. It was so interesting that I read it in two days, which is really unusual for me. Read more
Published on May 7 2001 by DenverFlash
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Story
I enjoyed reading this book very much. I found the story interesting in that I could relate to the era in which these men grew up (70's), the east coast location in which they... Read more
Published on March 22 2001 by M. J Pronio
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