The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew up and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #5)

The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew up and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #5)

by Ann Rule
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The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew up and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #5) by 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 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148967149
Publisher: Planet Ann Rule, LLC
Publication date: 12/23/2013
Series: Ann Rule's Crime Files Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 76,487
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

I am an author of true-crime books, and I'm now working on my 25th and 26th: NO REGRETS and TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE. I have lived in the Seattle Area for many years. Before that, I grew up in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and lived in Texas, Oregon, and near Niagara Falls, N.Y. I always wanted to be a police officer--because my grandfather was a sheriff in Michigan. I joined the Seattle Police Department when I was 21, worked a year and a half, but then I couldn't pass the eye test. After five years of rejection slips, I finally sold my first article for $35! Soon, I found my niche when I began writing for the fact-detective magazines like TRUE DETECTIVE in 1970, and I wrote more than a thousand homicide cases, and went to hundreds of trials. My first book, THE STRANGER BESIDE ME, was about Ted Bundy, but, amazingly, I had the book contract to write about an unknown killer six months before Bundy was identified as the "Ted Killer." And I had known him all along, and didn't realize it; he was my partner in the all-night shift at Seattle's Crisis Clinic! Oddly, I started out writing humor, but unless you are Erma Bombeck, Garrison Keillor, or Fanny Flagg or Dave Barry, it's hard to make a living. Now I write humor for fun and for my friends.

I graduated in Creative Writing from the U of Washington, with minors in criminology and psychology. I also have an AA degree in law enforcement, taking classes in crime scene investigation, arrest, search and seizure, crime scene photography and forensic science. I've lectured in seminars all across America to detectives, prosecutors, and even at the FBI Academy. My subjects have been serial murder, high profile offenders, and women who kill. I write two books every year--one hardcover single-case book, and one Ann Rule's True Crime Files original paperback. Although people tend to think I write only about the Northwest, I go wherever the cases are most interesting. I've written about murder cases in Florida, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Texas, Hawaii, and California, too.

I raised five children on my own--starting out with articles for baby care magazines, Sunday features, true confessions, and then "slicks" like Cosmopolitan, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest. Now, my children are grown.

I like to keep in very close touch with my readers, and I'm able to do that with a weblog and a guestbook on my website pages at This also gives re


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1935

Place of Birth:

Lowell, Michigan


Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew up and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LadyChardonnay More than 1 year ago
If you are an Ann Rule fan, I think you will like the End of the Dream. One thing I found different about this book; I actually felt for the criminal in the major story of this crime collection. I thought something was seriously wrong with me until I read that Ann Rule felt the same way. She managed to bring out the human side. I never imagined she would do that and was quite shocked. As usual, with Ann's crime collections, she adds stories of different length. However, with End of the Dream, the major story is 90% of the book. I think she should have made the main story a book instead of adding the others. There was certainly enough information and detail to do just that. After reading the main story, my feelings were focused on that and was difficult absorbing the shorter ones. My suggestion would be to put the book away for awhile after reading the main story. Save the shorter ones for a later time. That way, the shorter stories will get the attention they deserve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could NOT put this book down. It haunted me for days. Even now I'll look back at the pictures and want to change the outcome, just like people in the story itself wish they could. Weird just how enthralling the main story became!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in WA State and remember seeing this on the news when I was a young woman. The main story of this book is quite different than most of her others in that the crime is NOT a murder.  It is absolutely fascinating to read about the "behind the scenes" lives of the young men and women involved. Great story!  
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love her true crime books. I couldn't put this book down. I've read other true crime books but hers aren't too horrific in its content. I just love this book and can't wait till I read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard of this story watching the Court TV? Channel. It was hosted by Bill Kurtis of Investigative Reports fame. After hearing the entire story I was prompted to read what I did not learn in the two-hour segment Court TV presented me with. Here was a man so 'caught up' in having a lavish lifestyle that he successfully robbed banks, pocketing an estimated 2.5 million dollars! The story was so well-written that the characters literally come to life. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! It keept me in to the storie all through the book. This has been the first Ann Rule book I've read, and i plan on reading alot more of her books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read alot of Anne Rule books, this one is a must-read! She really goes into the backgrounds of all the people involved, you really feel like you know them, they could be in your family...just regular nice guys, and you see little by little how some nice guys can get 'sucked in' to a crime you'd never think they could be capable of, they all had SO much to live for, so sad they were willing to risk it all...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives the word boring a whole new dimension. Total garbage.
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PiperGA More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great author. Ann Rule has a wonderful gift of telling you the true story behind the headlines. A must read if you are also a fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was ok, but would have been better as one of her shorter stories. I found it a bit stretched out and boring in places.