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A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder

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The true story of the Tara Grant murder.

To their suburban Detroit neighbors, Stephen and Tara Grant were happy as could be. But their marriage, plagued by resentment and extramarital affairs, was held together only by their children. Until the night Stephen snapped, strangled and dismembered his wife, then disposed of her body piece by piece in the very park his children played in.

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Overview

The true story of the Tara Grant murder.

To their suburban Detroit neighbors, Stephen and Tara Grant were happy as could be. But their marriage, plagued by resentment and extramarital affairs, was held together only by their children. Until the night Stephen snapped, strangled and dismembered his wife, then disposed of her body piece by piece in the very park his children played in.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425225486
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 443,825
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Miller has been a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, and the Washington Times (where he was nominated for a Pulitzer in 2002). He has also worked as a correspondent for People magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

Andrea Billups is a Midwest-based reporter for the Washington Times. She worked as a staff correspondent for People magazine and reported for a number of national publications including Reader's Digest and Money magazine.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

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    This is a must read for crime buffs

    First of all this is a true story about a murder in a suburb north of Detroit Mi. I personally took a big interest in this case because i was doin time in the Macomb Co jail that he ended up in after the police caught him.(I was being moved from the cell they put him in)and had the "pleasure" of not only walking by him but talking to him.I found this book really interesting because from talking with him for a short time while in the jail he seemed like a very quiet reserved person. Really blew my mind that someone like that could commit such a gastly crime.This book is really a must read for crime buffs and anyone who thinks that such a thing could never happen in there neiborhood.A real eye opener.Makes you really have a deep sadness for the children left behind to deal with this tragety for the rest of there lives.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Surprisingly not what I expected

    This book surprised me. I live in the Detroit area, so the Tara Grant murder was on every news broadcast and every instance of breaking news during the search for her body was about this case. Given that, I figured there would be little that I would "learn" from this book. I figured that it would end up being a re-hash of everything covered in the news. This book was so not a simple re-hash.

    The book starts the night the cops searched the Grant home. The search that turned up the torso of Tara Grant, in the garage. After the discovery the story jumps into the past. These authors present Stephen and Tara's lives before they met. It sets up the kind of people they were and then talks about how they met, their dating and their lives as a married couple.

    What I really liked about this book is that it didn't "take sides". Tara was not portrayed as a saint and Stephen was not portrayed as evil. It just told about their lives, and the problems they had. It gave facts, and the facts were that Stephen killed his wife, who at times seemed to be a bit of a domineering wife. After reading this my views on the case have not changed, if anything I'm more set in my belief that Stephen Grant killed his wife and was in a panic to try and cover it up.

    While this isn't a who done it kind of book I would have to recommend it to anyone that likes murder mysteries. To have this much insight into the mind of a murderer is quite a shocking thing. And even if you think you know all about this murder, I would still say read it. There are things that this book uncovers that I don't remember the media even touching.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Awesome read

    I am from Harbor Springs, MI and remember the night Steven Grant entered our little town like it was yesterday. Our very dear friend is the sherrif of Emmett County and was at our house the night of the big search and then was called in when Steve was found. I had always been interested in the case and was able to read the interview taken place at Northern Michigan Hospital between steve and detective kowslozki. This book was excellent the author definitely did their research and I appreciate the truthfulness of it all.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    How can some people live with themselves?

    This is non-fiction, first of all, and I really would suggest it to people who enjoy non-fiction about crime.
    This is the story of the murder of Tara Grant by her husband, Steve. I don't remember hearing about this story (it happened in Michigan), but it begins going over both Steve and Tara's upbringings, and relationship histories, and then their relationship with each other.
    I'll just say, it's one thing for someone to be murdered, but it's an entire other thing when the murderer doesn't just kill them, but then proceeds to chop up their body into several pieces and spread them around, then move the body from place to place to place, which is what happened here.
    The real tragedy is that there are now two children who are growing up without a mom or a dad. It's really unfortunate that the first thought in their father's mind wasn't of them as he was killing their mother.
    Read it. It's definitely interesting, and really isn't from that long ago. The murder happened only a couple of years ago.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    A Look Into A Family Tragedy

    While much of the information possibly could be found in newspapers the book does offer a personal look into the Grant family.<BR/>The reader will wonder how the children were being taken care of during this time.<BR/>The book offers insight into both families and gives you a look into the family dynamics.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

    A Slaying

    A good primer on domestic violence, and how things are not always as they appear.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Ok

    Wish i would of realized i already read a book about this tragedy.... Blood in the snow.. o' well now i have 2 books !! Bn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    By cg 4-! Q Cg 4-15-2012

    Good book for a rainey day

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Nice read. Makes you wonder who your neighbors really are.

    Nice read. Makes you wonder who your neighbors really are.

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    Posted May 29, 2012

    Emili hampton

    Im 16 and yes i have a licence.*pulls out her licence*

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 2, 2012

    Nookville moved t city all result houses for sale

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    Posted May 22, 2012

    Annie

    Town meeting. Meeting house. First results.

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    Posted April 11, 2012

    Batu

    This is my house -,-

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