An explosive account of lethal greed and twisted desire from the files of America's number-one true-crime writer, Ann Rule.
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 standoff, 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.
©1998 Ann Rule (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The other reviews were spot on!. this is one boring case that she chose to write about. Good boy with good looks and no brain making idiotic decisions about his life. End of story. No murder or mystery.
pick a more interesting case.
waiting for more the entire time
Why ever would I do that?
Must be an imposter writing under Ann Rule's name. Surely, she wouldn't bore us with a so-called "book-length" first story and then further insult us with a couple short ones. Come on, Ann, and grab your good name for yourself. No doubt, this book should not be in your Library - unless it's a giveaway.
Laural Merlington drives me crazy, she has ruined the listening experience of Ann Rule.
All of her new short story cheapies she is throwing together, ahhhhhhhh.
Make me cringe
Maybe the bank robber story but that is only because I watched the 20/20 episode on these guys years ago, sad story.
I am over Ann Rules hastily done garbage. If Merlington is narrating I am not buying.
This was a little different for Ann Rule. This story was split into one large section and several small stories. The first story goes into great detail of studying the lives, history and past of a group of young men who eventually become notorious bank robbers. For many of us, the are still the most memorable no matter what side of the country you live on. She delves into how these boys turned me lived seemingly normal lives but failed to connect to the lives around them. She looks for the "why"
There are several short stories that are honestly not as impressive and run together. One is about a peeping Tom who rapes and murders. There is limited history given as to motivation. What is given feels rushed. There are a few other short stories but they all ran together and 12 hours after reading, I cannot remember them distinctly enough to write a summary.
Eventually your bad behavior does catch up with you, no matter how below the radar one tries to be.
Yes. Ann Rule keep you hooked by keeping the cold hard facts front and center...
Easy to listen to.
The bank robberies and how they progressed getting bolder each time.
A different narrator, less background and more story! Super slow...
something NOT by this author
Her voices are almost comical and make the story seem less serious
Thev whole first story.
The story was too long with many needless details, made me fall asleep.
Say something about yourself!
The first 18 chapters were all about the charecters growing up. I kept wondering she was ever going to talk about the actual crime! I was getting bored and frustrated. After that it got better, but still not her best in my opion.
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
I would indeed! I bore myself and reading puts me to sleep.
I found myself hoping he would save some of the money, I also thought of ways I would use the money. How stupid can you be to think you would never get caught?
VERY GOOD READER GOOD VOICE
EASY TO LISTEN TO
THE WHOLE BOOK
YES WISH I COULD HAVE
I AM JUST AN ANN RULE FAN I READ OR LISTEN TO ALL HER BOOKS
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