Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest

A Woman's Fury, A Mother's Sacrifice

Book - 1997
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GIFTED WITH A BRILLIANT MIND, BLESSED WITH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY -- AND CURSED WITH A DESTRUCTIVE MADNESS In this harrowing New York Times bestseller, Ann Rule is at her masterful best as she winnows horrific truths from the ashes of what seemed like paradise in Prairie Village, Kansas. Rule probes the case of Debora Green, a doctor and a loving mother who seemed to epitomize the dreams of the American heartland. A small-town girl with a genius IQ, she achieved an enviable life: her own medical practice, a handsome physician husband, three perfect children, and an opulent home in an exclusive Kansas City suburb. But when a raging fire destroyed that home and took two lives, the trail of clues led investigators to a stunning conclusion. Piece by piece, Ann Rule digs beneath this placid Midwestern facade to unveil a disturbing portrait of strangely troubled marriages, infidelity, desperation, suicide, and escalating acts of revenge that forever changed dozens of lives.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1997
ISBN: 9780684810478
0684810476
0684868683
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Rule
364.1523 R935
Characteristics: 351 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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OLATHEAllisonB Jun 24, 2017

Ann Rule writes with graceful description about this tragedy that rocked Johnson County in the late 90s. The book begins with the events that occurred on a pivotal evening in November of 1997, then presents a fascinating case study about the woman at the center of the crime. The reader also learns about the multiple people connected to what happened that night, followed with the legal proceedings and a surprising conclusion. Although Rule at times appears to be somewhat biased against Debora Green, she does attempt to look objectively at her in order to discern what would cause this devoted mother to be convicted of such a deplorable crime. An enjoyable and engaging psychological study, "Bitter Harvest" is well worth the read.

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