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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Book is Full of Misinformation Feb. 2 1999
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Ms. Rule's book is full of misinformation. I knew Scott for many years and thought of him as a brother. I am friend of the men who are in prision. As a former journalist, I am surprised that Rule can call her book a "true" crime story. She put quotation marks around people's statements whom she never spoke with and I know this for a fact! This book is causing further injury to friends and family who have already been hurt by this tragedy. Kevin Meyers, one of Rule's main sources of information, is not the most reliable character. A couple of her other sources misrepresented themselves as "friends" of Scott, Kevin and Mark. I sense that they are either trying to cleanse their own guilt,trying to make a fast buck, or reach for their 30 seconds of fame. In the meantime Rule and others line their pockets with cash from the death of my friend. To me their acts are a type of "robbery."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great April 15 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review for "The end of the dream" March 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Most of her books take place in the northwest states of Washington and Oregon. I have traveled several times to this region which I call "Ann Rule Country". I work for myself in the lawn mowing business and I have plenty of time from December to April in which to read and also to travel. I have a wife and 9 year old daughter who accompany me on many of my journeys. On my last trip, we visited the Columbia River Gorge area and climbed up to the top of Beacon Rock, about 600 feet tall. It was one of the most amazing and eerie things I've ever done. This is a lava dome, or the inside of a long ago volcano and also the site of a famous murder. The case is written about by Ann Rule in her book, "A Rose For Her Grave". The murderer threw his wife off of this rock and collected insurance money. This was my favorite Ann Rule Book until I picked up a copy of "The End Of The Dream". This is now my favorite of her books. I plan to go up to the northwest in a year or two and investigate the place where Scott Scurlock called home. He was the subject of the book and was one of the most fascinating people you could ever read about. He lived in maybe the biggest and tallest treehouse in the world near Olympia Wa. Scott Scurlock and the other important characters were free spirit people who enjoyed adventure and living on the edge. We all have known a guy like Scott Scurlock at some time in our lives; the guy that everyone likes and admires; the guy who might get you in serious trouble but also the guy who just might give you some of the most fun and exciting times of your life. Most people like this turn out fine and become fine people, but a few like the subject of this book take a dark path. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Scurlock Oct. 28 2002
By James
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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. 9 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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