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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,927 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Near midnight on October 24, 1995, a Kansas wind fans the flames that consume a neo-Tudor mansion in the posh suburb of Prairie Village, where Dr. Debora Green lives with her three children.Two of the children, Tim, thirteen, and Kelly, six, die, along with their pet dogs. When the fire is labeled arson and police begin to focus on Deb Green, those who know the cancer spec...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Lübbe (first published 1997)
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Peggy Estrada
I read this book in the airport, on a layover in Jacksonville, Florida. If my flight would have been canceled again, I would not have cared or minded. More time to read!! Times just seems to fly when you're sucked into this book.
It's a really sad ending, why didn't people see danger coming? Where were the neighbors? The police? The teachers? The own father? Why didn't anyone do anything? Yet another example why if you see something wrong, you should do something...

Amy
I am a huge Ann Rule fan. I love true crime books and she nails the story every time. This tale is fascinating in every way. Both parents are Dr's and the mother descends into an unimaginable madness. Chilling, devistating and a great read.
Marus Jastrow
May 31, 2008 Marus Jastrow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of true crime
You may have noticed that many of my books are about murder and crime. I am totally fascinated by human beings that have such anger or psychosis that they murder others. It is beyond my ability to understand. So I read about those who conduct these crimes in an attempt to somehow understand the behavior.

Ann Rule writes about true crimes and she does so in an insightful manner that helps the reader see how these crimes could have been committed. Bitter Harvest is about a female doctor, genius, mo...more
Eric_W
Rule is well-known for her true crime writing and justifiably so. Ever since Truman Capote popularized the form in In Cold Blood, true crime has become a popular genre.

This harrowing book tells the story of Dr. Debora Green, a very bright Kansas physician whose life unraveled into a nightmare of murder and virtual insanity. After her trial for the murder of two of her children and the attempted murder of her husband, Michael Farrar, psychiatrists attempted to answer why something like this could...more
Kristin
This book was recommended to me and at first, it was hard for me to get into it. I was not familiar with the background story and did not realize at first that the way in which Ann Rule wrote the story included quotes from interviews and other documentation from the case. However, once I got into the story I couldn't stop reading it! When the book begins the reader knows that two of three Farrar children had died, and Debora (their mother) appears to be the main suspect. Debora, a brilliant phys...more
Kati Bowditch
I have had a love of Ann Rule's style of true crime writing for a while now. Bitter Harvest is the tale of Debora Green, a once doctor and mother who did the unthinkable and started a fire that left two of her own children dead. The story chronicles the marriage, decay of the relationship, the tug of war with children and affair that brought her to that point.

Ann's writing is as always, clear, quick paced, ever contentious and caring of the families involved, she manages to tell the story withou...more
Jody Shee
This Ann Rule true crime story was particularly interesting to me because the crime happened a few miles from where I lived. Debora Green continuously poisoned her husband (but he didn't die) and then she set her house on fire, killing 2 of her kids. It was huge news in Kansas City in 1995. Everyone followed the story with facination. It was an upscale neighborhood, and Debora Green was a doctor. How could a crime like that happen around here? Ann Rule was the perfect person to write the book, b...more
Mirjam Penning
Bitter Harvest is the first book of Ann Rule I read. I 'met' Ann Rule in the library. It was love at first 'sight', from my side and in a book fan kind of way.

About the book
Deborah Green is an American emergency physician. Usually, people who work in the medical world have a need to save people. You couldn't tell in her private life. For her then husband she was a menace to live with. He starts an affair and wanted a divorce. She didn't take that well, at all. She made him sick, literally. And t...more
Abbey
Shows how kooks can really be out there functioning in society - pretty scary stuff
Kay Usrey
The true story about a Dr. from Kansas City that tries to kill her husband.
Elyssa
Another interesting true crime portrayal of a wife who kills her husband.
Jenn
this one was really good if you like this sort of thing...
Melissa
Hard to get into--really sad, but true story.
Hot Cup O'Monkey
Mar 25, 2008 Hot Cup O'Monkey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like true crime and/or psychology
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Dionne
There is no one better than Ann Rule when it comes to writing about true crime cases.

I had just had my first child the year that Deborah Green burned her house down and poisoned her husband. It happened right here in Kansas City, so it was a case I heard quite a bit about. When I heard about the fire, I immediately knew something was wrong because as a mother I would've died in a fire before leaving the house without my children. So, I wasn't surprised when the truth came out.

I had always wonder...more
Connie
This is one of those ' truth stranger than fiction' stories. Debora Jones Green has an IQ of 165, but her emotional IQ is that of a child. Because of her extremely high IQ, she is successful academically and sips through medical school easily; however, in practice she has difficulty relating to her patients.
Debora Jones Green marries Mike Farrar in 1979. They met at the Truman Medical Vented in Kansas City when Michal was still in med school and Debora was a senior resident. They had three chil...more
Perry Whitford
On the night of the 23rd October 1995, qualified Doctor, sometime oncologist and mother of three Debora Green deliberately set fire to her luxury three-story house in Prairie Village, Kansas, then stood and watched unemotionally as two of her children were engulfed in the smoke and flames. This extraordinary arson was the final, tragic act of vengeance by a scorned wife on her estranged husband, a woman so consumed with hate and self-delusion that she could sacrifice the lives of her own childre...more
Lynn Spencer
I'd heard good things about Ann Rule, but I have to admit that this one didn't impress me much. I had only vague knowledge of the Debora Green case at issue before I read the book, but one of the stronger points of the story was how the author managed to portray the shattering, heartbreaking quality of what happened. Two of Debora Green's three children perished in a fire in the 1990s, and Green was ultimately convicted of arson and murder.

The portrayal of Green's substance abuse and mental heal...more
Floy
First of all, if you don't drink coffee, or eat chicken salad sandwiches and spaghetti that tastes bitter, then, don't eat or drink them, and stick to it, or the consequences could be, and most likely will be, death..

.This is a story of a terribly dysfunctional family because of the pair of parents who eventually could not get along. The wrath of Dr. Debora Green, 1/2 of the dysfunctional couple, was a disturbed individual. The book is not completely clear on when, where,and how her dysfunctions...more
Mariah Stewart
I think this was a really good book. I love the how it was a true story and the intensity the author put in it. This book was about a mother of three children and how she attempts to kill all her children by burning her house and poison her husband while under the influence of alcohol. The main character in this story was the mother Debora Green. She was a mother of three and wife of one. She was a highly intelligent doctor who let an unhappy marriage end her in prison for the rest of her life....more
Teresa
Fans of Ann Rule expect a great story when they open one of her books, and "Bitter Harvest" does not disappoint.

This is the story of Dr. Debora Green, a physician in Kansas, who seemingly descends into the depths of despair when her husband wants out of their marriage. At first, she attempts mariticide, serving her husband Mike a seemingly innocent chicken salad sandwich laced with the toxin Ricin. When her attempts to kill him ultimately end in failure, she is pushed further and further over th...more
Janis Gilbert
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 p...more
Teresa
FINALLY FINISHED IT AFTER ABOUT 3-1/2 YEARS!!!
What I say next has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the quality of this book, because it's quite good. I love the way Ann Rule brings all of the elements of these stories and makes a cohesive, illuminating tale out of chaos.

Anyway, to the unbelievable laziness in my reading it: this has been my "waiting book", in my truck at all times, ready to give me something to do in the numerous waiting situations. Well, it's been my "waiting book" since sometime...more
Carrie Solinger
Not That Impressed

Lifetime Network seems to love Ann Rule. I see many of her books-turned-to-movies on their channels. I've never been drawn to watch them, and after having read this book, am glad I have not wasted 2 hours of my life doing that. I've already wasted enough time with this book.

It is a sad and twisted story of a "sick" wife and mother who goes to extremes to "keep" what she believes is hers. I think Rule truly believes she's writing these narratives in an unbiased manner. She prese...more
Elynn
An interesting and tragic story: lives torn apart by rage, culminating with a deadly fire and the ensuing court case. It made national headlines in 1995-96, but I don't remember hearing about it. At the end of the book they mention another news item that made headlines near the same time: a mother cat that entered a burning building seven times to rescue her kittens and ended up blind but alive with all the kittens. I remember that headline. What does that say about memory?

I enjoyed the book (m...more
Susan Traver
.Not her best

I usually read every word of Ann Rule books. This one I skipped
many pages. Not her best. I know the next will be better.












Candace
Jan 14, 2014 Candace rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of true crime stories
Nobody can beat The depth or thoroughness of Ann Rule's research, but this book also demonstrates her need for a good editor. At points the story circled around on itself in a most confusing fashion, which a good editor could have fixed. Still, the story is absorbing, the crime is horrifying. It appears that the "Dr. Deb" learned next to nothing from being brought to account for her crimes. A very sad story, indeed.
Summer G
what a good book! this was my first Anne Rule book, and since then I have been HOOKED!!! what a good book, I could not put it down since page 1!
Louise
An intriguing story and impossible to put down. Ann Rule has again outdown herself. This was a story that I truly enjoyed and found fascinating!

From the back cover:

"This book 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...more
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Ann Rule is a popular American true crime writer. She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders.
At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis...more
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