Summer Wind: Thomas Capano and the Murder of Anne Marie Fahey

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He was a charismatic-and married-prosecutor.

Tom Capano was a golden boy, one of the richest and most influential men in Delaware state politics. Anne Marie Fahey was a pretty, vivacious-and also needy and anorexic-young secretary to the governor. For two years, she was the perfect foil for Capano's obsessive manipulation, until she finally broke it off-and he killed her.

She was his charing yet insecure mistress.

In this riveting, meticulously researched story, award-winning crime reporter george Anastasia re-creates teh Capano-Fahey affair, the murder, and its aftermath. through their own intimate words, taken from Fahey's diaries and the couple's e-mail correspondence, The Summer Wind brings to life their bizarre relatonship, from the first flirtation to the final cold-blooded act of arrogance when Capano dumped an ice chest containing Anne Marie's lifeless body into the Atlantic Ocean.

She thought his charm was to die for.

Anastasia also follows the story into the courtroom and behind prison walls as Capano struggled to save himself, and into the minds of the men and women who united in a brilliant campaign to bring a killer to justice, including a joint state-federal sting operation that helpd bring capano down.

She was right.

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The twisted tale of a young woman who said "no" to an obsessive, overbearing boyfriend, The Summer Wind recounts the sad, prematurely shortened life and death of Anne Marie Fahey and the clinically detached attempts by the man who shot her--politically well-connected Delaware lawyer Tom Capano--to wriggle his way out of responsibility for the deed. Anastasia's account begins during the summer of 1996, when Capano enlisted the help of his brother to help dump Fahey's body, stuffed into a large Igloo fisherman's ice chest, off the mid-Atlantic coast. When the chest wouldn't sink, Capano's brother fired into it with his shotgun; although blood spurted from the hole, the chest still refused to sink, so Capano finally tied an anchor to it. Fahey's body was never found, but the ice chest was recovered--which proved to be Capano's undoing. Much of the book is concerned with the fascinating psychological games Capano had used on Fahey during a relationship that spanned several years. Alternately cajoling and threatening her, he emerges as a truly vile character through Anastasia's steady case building. When Fahey turns up missing and is ultimately presumed dead, authorities immediately suspect the Machiavellian Capano, a behind-the-scenes power player of lasting notoriety on the Delaware scene. His attempts to cover up the crime and later to shift the blame to another mistress are shockingly repellent: Capano, it appears, was born without a conscience. An effectively written tale, The Summer Wind is a textbook example of good you-are-there journalism. --Tjames Madison

About the Author:

George Anastasia has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he is also the author of three previous books: Blood and Honor, Mobfather, and The Goodfella Tapes. He lives with his wife in southern New Jersey.

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