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Bitter Harvest: A Womans Fury A Mothers Sacrifice

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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 epitomiz
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Published February 15th 2000 by Simon Schuster (first published 1997)
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Peggy Estrada
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...

Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marus Jastrow
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Heather Fineisen
One of Rule' s better works from when she had murder-to page-mojo. Fascinating and thorough in presenting the details without dumbing down the information. The arson investigation techniques were especially interesting. Presents the facts without sensationalism.
Connie (Ava Catherine)
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
Jill Hutchinson
Murder in any form is unimaginable but the murder of one's own children is beyond comprehension. In this true crime novel, the author delves into the lives of a couple who seem to have it all...both are physicians, have a seemingly happy marriage and three bright and beautiful children. But there are tell-tale signs that all is not what it appears and then a series of events occur which eventually lead to the unthinkable. This is a chilling book that reveals how jealousy and possessive behavior ...more
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Hot Cup O'Monkey
Mar 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like true crime and/or psychology
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Kati Bowditch
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jody Shee
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
brenda  belg parlaman
this was a great read! very hard to put down! Ann Rule does it again!
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this wasn't true, documented crime, I would have a hard time believing this story.
Murder by arson, poisoning, an affair, emotional abuse, dysfunctional family- it's all there.
A few random thoughts: the children should have been taken out of the mothers care way before things came to a head. All the signs were there that something terrible was building up to happen.
Do people really get to know each other before they marry? Before they have children together?
The psychiatrist's evaluation of the
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-rule
Ann Rule's books are familiar, but fascinating exploration into the criminal mind. This one seems tighter with a smoother arc of the background, crime and trial. The crime is unspeakably sad and so very hard to comprehend. I typically give her books four stars, so will add a half story because of Bitter Harvest's better writing.
Jodie Julagay
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all her books!
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the best Rule book I've read so far. Lighter on the misogyny and cop-worship than the others with a tighter narrative.
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
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this for book club. I don't care for how the information is coming across. It's reading as if it was an episodes of Forensics File or 48 hours or something. Granted, it's a true story but I wish it was written more with a traditional plot. Through the eyes of someone.

The book seems dated, I didn't care for the references just because Deborah had cut her hair short, wore unisex styled clothes and had a low sex drive that these would be cause for concern of either her marriage falling apa
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I consider Ann Rule's books to be a guilty pleasure! This one was especially intriguing for me because I used to live near Prairie Village KS where the action occurred and recognized many of the places in the book, including an Earl May Garden Center that was located across the street from a place where I used to work. I have never been able to start on of Ms. Rule's books without finishing it within a few days and this one is no exception!
♥ Marlene♥
I think this was one of Ann Rule's books that was translated in Dutch and I read just before I started to read English books because i wanted to read more books like this one.

What I only know is that it was very sad but very intriguing and that I loved it.
Jan 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shows how kooks can really be out there functioning in society - pretty scary stuff
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this one was really good if you like this sort of thing...
Kay Usrey
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The true story about a Dr. from Kansas City that tries to kill her husband.
Hard to get into--really sad, but true story.
Jun 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another nutso!
Oct 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Another interesting true crime portrayal of a wife who kills her husband.
Katherine Addison
True crime writers seem to be afflicted by what I am dubbing the Groucho Marx Fallacy, from Groucho's famous line, "I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member." True crime TV shows do this all the time, and I've seen it in more than one true crime book, the assumption that anyone with an interest in true crime must be ... a criminal! So I'm reading Rule describing Debora Green's interest in true crime as if it must correlate with what she did in 1995, as if she could on ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with any true crime, book or documentary I went into this book with an open mind. I knew little about Debora Green or the horrifying events surrounding her and her family. On the outside Debora and her husband Mike Farrar had a perfect life a beautiful mansion, three beautiful children, both were doctors and they lived in an exclusive neighbourhood. But just under the surface all was not well. Debora had a genius IQ but lacked people skills and went from one medical practice to the next. She ...more
Laura Leilani
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is good for those who like true crime: someone unknowingly marries a nut bag. Multiple arsons and murders ensue. As usual, Ms Rule spins a great yarn, feeding you clues bit by bit and lots of background, direct quotes from those involved and facts. As usual, she also vilifies the wrong doer, which always makes for a deliciously fun read. Usually, Ms Rule takes the side of the victim and does paint them to be a bit of a saint. Her black and white way of looking at the world is so refre ...more
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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