A Killing in Iowa: A Daughter's Story of Love and Murder

A Killing in Iowa: A Daughter's Story of Love and Murder

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by Rachel Corbett
     
 

Rachel Corbett was eight years old when the man she had come to regard as a father killed his girlfriend and then himself on May 13, 1993. Over the years Corbett has been haunted by how such a seemingly gentle, loving man could be capable of murder. She's wrestled with how her mother, who had been involved with the man for years, hadn't seen the signs. And

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Rachel Corbett was eight years old when the man she had come to regard as a father killed his girlfriend and then himself on May 13, 1993. Over the years Corbett has been haunted by how such a seemingly gentle, loving man could be capable of murder. She's wrestled with how her mother, who had been involved with the man for years, hadn't seen the signs. And she’s wondered what ghosts from Scott Johnson’s past compelled him to pick up that gun.


“The sudden brutality that gripped the last hours of his life—and eternally came to characterize it—was a mystery I couldn’t put out of my mind,” writes Corbett. “What broke this soft-spoken, achingly vulnerable man and made him so violent? His was a crime no one ever understood, with no apparent motive…. Why didn’t he just kill himself? What debt did Crystal pay? And why didn’t he kill us? After all, he was with us the day he died.”


"A Killing in Iowa," Corbett’s mesmerizing, beautifully written memoir, reconstructs the tragedy and tries to make sense of a senseless crime in a place where we least expect such violence: the quiet, rural heartland. Both a mystery story and an evocative snapshot of a place and time, "A Killing in Iowa" is a stunning debut by a gifted new writer.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Rachel Corbett is an arts writer in New York. She is news editor at "Artnet Magazine" and has written for the "New York Times," "The Nation," and the "New York Observer."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614520184
Publisher:
Byliner Inc.
Publication date:
11/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
453,308
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Rachel Corbett is an arts writer in New York. She is news editor at Artnet Magazine and has written for the New York Times, The Nation, and the New York Observer.

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A Killing in Iowa: A Daughter's Story of Love and Murder 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about the boyfriend of a young girl's mom who is involved in a murder-suicide. Although the chronology is difficult to follow sometimes, it was a good book. I got the sense that the writings were therapeutic to the author (Rachel Corbett).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is much more than your typical true-crime story. it can be just as chilling, but is also deeply personal and poetic. i couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your interest. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very short story. Only 40 pages, wishing that it was better written
Eric-M More than 1 year ago
A great story, really personal and gripping, certainly a unique take and very worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of a girl who is trying to cope with the fact that her loving father kills his girlfriend and then himself. Varios characters that are, at times, hard to keep track of.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I could have used a little bit more to the plot, the story told a twisted tale and an unfortunate one. The writer doesn't really give to much about herself in the beginning but it all comes out toward the end. AND it happened in a town about 10 miles from where I live. Creepy but still a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a novel, but it was just a short story...I just felt misled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a short story but well worth the read. I enjoyed it very much.
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SZWI More than 1 year ago
Very well written, very sad story. I wish it had been longer.
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Was really abour how she the author felt. Wouldnt recommend