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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,870 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Mary Beth Hurt Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 1998 ISBN: 9780743541961
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On the night of October 23/24, 1995 in Prairie Village, Kansas, a fierce, wind-driven fire devastated the luxurious mansion of Dr. Debora Green and her husband, Dr. Michael Farrar. Trapped and burned to death in the flames were twelve-year-old Tim and his six-year-old sister Kelly. Lissa, ten, was barely able to leap to safety from the garage roof into the arms of her mother, who was standing outside the house. When Michael Farrar returned to the scene, he had lost more than his children and his home. His entire life was in ruins.

The fire was the climactic event of Michael and Debora's lives. Until that summer, they seemed to have it all—a happy marriage, successful medical practices, three bright and beautiful children. Then they went on a trip to Peru with their son. There, they met attractive, blonde Celeste Walker, whose husband, John was also a successful doctor. But after that trip, nothing was the same again for either couple, and all the dark hidden places in Debora and Michael's marriage bubbled to the surface in a series of almost unbelievable horrors.

Bitter Harvest is the chronicle of this tragedy in the heartland of America, the true story of the disintegration of a marriage and its horrifying consequences. Rule takes us deep in the psyche of a killer whose behavior was so twisted and so evil that it defies belief. Gripping, powerful, and ultimately terrifying, Bitter Harvest is a vivid recreation of an unthinkable crime—and a depiction of the unimagined depths of a darkness within the human spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • An unnerving book…Rule offers some interesting theories.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The case of Debora Green—a woman whose promise seemed boundless—is intriguing.”

    Washington Post

  • “A must-read story of the ’90s American dream turned, tragically, to self-absorbed ashes.”

    People

  • “Tension filled, page-turning.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Impossible to put down…A tour de force from America's best true-crime writer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica Jessop | 12/23/2013

    " I read this book really quick and found it a very interesting read. It wasn't as "thrilling" as some other of Anne Rule's books but I still really enjoyed reading it. I found alot of the stuff repetitive which turned me off, but at the same time found it intriguing for the most part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/28/2013

    " True crime is pretty scary. I don't think I could do a regular diet of it. It is fascinating in a morbid way to read about people who are capable of such evil. I remember reading and hearing about this story when I was in college as it only happend an hour from my home town. Ann Rule does a great job of showing all aspects of the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Higgs | 11/27/2013

    " Ann Rule really puts time and effort into researching and getting her facts straight. I always feel like I know these people by the time I'm done reading. This was a very disturbing case involving a mother who ends up killing two of her children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/20/2013

    " I found this to be one of Rule's stronger books, but I agree with other reviewers that it is colored by not truly understanding Deb Green (at least until the last chapter). I think she was fair and not overly biased towards Michael Ferrar however it was clear that she spoke to him extensively so that this is really his story despite the subtitle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Navinskey Lowrey | 10/28/2013

    " One reason I wanted to read this book was because I enjoy true crime, but the other is because I used to live in Prairie Village. I moved there a few years after the trial, so there was not much news about itby then, but I wonder if the doctor worked at the hospital where I worked? Makes me wonder who my neighbors really are! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillain Foreman | 10/15/2013

    " This about the doctor in Prairie Village that poisoned her husband then set fire to her house...killing two of her children... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Schiffmann | 10/5/2013

    " Another killer Ann Rule killer book. I love her stuff. It's candy and so fun!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 10/1/2013

    " This was a crazy story. Good, but a messed up crazy story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Usrey | 9/26/2013

    " The true story about a Dr. from Kansas City that tries to kill her husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanin | 9/26/2013

    " I loved this book! Found it in the True Crime section of my library. I couldn't put it down! Although this book is of actual events it read like a fictional mystery with twists and turns! I recommend this book highly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Arslanian | 9/21/2013

    " A sad and tragic story of a family torn apart and destroyed by the murder of two of the children by their own mother. A good read, however, slow moving in parts. My first book from Ann Rule. Hoping that if I read more, they are more captivating and more fast paced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 3/13/2013

    " Since this was a local family and several friends of mine knew them, this book was an anticipated follow-up of all the drama that was well-publicized in our papers. Ann Rule is spectacular with her well-researched account of this tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 12/13/2012

    " Ann Rule has done it again.!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leisha | 9/3/2012

    " OK. So the book was written well. I just could not stomach the death of children and thinking about it still leaves me sad and bitter. The psychopathology of this woman was interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Sopko | 7/7/2012

    " A mind candy type book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Zia | 2/25/2012

    " Scary book. This woman is crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 1/29/2012

    " This book was interesting. I could not put it down until the very end. Crazy story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Richards | 12/3/2011

    " Ann Rule is the master of True Crime, find it hard to put her books down. Always so sad and shocking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 10/21/2011

    " Interesting read, I didnt live in KC when this all went down, but i continue to hear about the case to this day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 10/3/2011

    " This is the true story of how Dr. Debora Green set fire to her Kansas City home and intentionally killed her children. It is written well, true Ann Rule style. Debora was angry at her husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 8/16/2011

    " this one was really good if you like this sort of thing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 6/25/2011

    " Shows how kooks can really be out there functioning in society - pretty scary stuff "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Parker | 6/8/2011

    " This was one book i could not put down. It chilled me from beginning to end. It is definitely upsetting, so have some kleenex with you when you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/6/2011

    " I don't recall everything about this book because it's been years since I've read it, but, as I say with all of Ann's books, I couldn't put it down. It is a long read, but well worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/24/2011

    " This was a crazy story. Good, but a messed up crazy story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/13/2011

    " True story , good, fire investigtion, poison with Castor beans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 6/30/2010

    " This was a difficult book to read. My total dislike for the accused just made me uncomfortable (I do think she did it). I usually plow through books in one or two sittings, but this one took a while. It had to be digested in chunks. Very depressing material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 5/1/2010

    " Good, but not as good as other Ann Rule books I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/12/2010

    " Good book. It is too bad that the children died because their mom wanted to get revenged on their father. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JUDY ANN | 2/25/2010

    " THIS WAS A VERY DISTURBING BOOK ABOUT A SICK WOMAN.
    IT WAS HARD TO READ AT TIMES AND TO UNDERSTAND THE
    WOMAN'S REASONING AT THE TIME. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bunny | 1/7/2010

    " See review for Small Sacrifices, although I found this one a little slow. That insane woman behind closed doors was once again detailed in all her charm, and that kept me going. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rule

Ann Rule (1930 or 1931–2015) was a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. Eight of her books have been made into movies for television, and she won the Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices. She also won two Anthony Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award three times. Aside from being a writer, she was a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectured frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations.

About the Narrator

Mary Beth Hurt is an award-winning Broadway actor as well as an acclaimed performer in film and television. Her theater work includes A Delicate Balance, The Secret Rapture, Benefactors, Crimes of the Heart, The Misanthrope, and Trelawney of the Wells. Her film credits include Affliction, Autumn in New York, Family Man, Six Degrees of Separation, The Age of Innocence, The World According to Garp, and Interiors.