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A Killing in Iowa: A Daughter's Story of Love and Murder [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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: eBook
  • Sales rank: 177,253
  • File size: 4 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Good Read

    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).

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    a true page-turner

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Great book,highly recommended

    Keeps your interest. Hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Okay

    A very short story. Only 40 pages, wishing that it was better written

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Average book

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Fantastic short read

    A great story, really personal and gripping, certainly a unique take and very worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    eh

    Was really abour how she the author felt. Wouldnt recommend

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Surprisingly touching

    Very well written, very sad story. I wish it had been longer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Great read

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Not what I expected

    I thought it was a novel, but it was just a short story...I just felt misled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Recommend

    It is a short story but well worth the read. I enjoyed it very much.

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