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Bitter Harvest: A Woman's Fury, a Mother's Sacrifice

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ann Rule

Narrated By: Mary Beth Hurt

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: February 1998

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

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.

Copyright © 1998 Ann Rule. All Rights Reserved

Performance copyright 1998 by Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  • Mary McGoldrick

    Ann Rule RULES....If you love true crime this one keeps you at the edge of your seat.

  • Elaine Maher

    VERY DEPRESSING STORY. I DON'T KNOW WHY I EVEN FINISHED LISTENING. IT'S LIKE A BAD MOVIE, YOU HATE IT, BUT FOR SOME REASON JUST NEED TO WATCH IT UNTIL THE END. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS TO ANY ONE UNLESS THEY WANT TO FEEL VERY DEPRESSED.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting Story. Hard to believe that this is true.

  • Shane Nixon

    For me, Rule has set an incredibly high standard, and quite frankly, this one doesn't measure up. I think there just wasn't enough drama or mystery in the crime itself. Maybe not, but to me it wasn't as good as her others for some reason. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either, though it would have been tolerable if I'd found more interest in the book. It won't keep me from reading Rule again, but this one isn't GREAT!

  • Nanette

    As always, Ann Rule does a great job with true crime stories. Worth listening to.

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