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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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