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

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

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

In this harrowing New York Times bestseller, Ann Rule is at her masterful best as she winnows horrific truths from the ashes of what seemed like paradise in Prairie Village, Kansas. Rule probes the case of Debora Green, a doctor and a loving mother who seemed to epitomize the dreams of the American heartland. A small-town girl with a genius IQ, she achieved an enviable life: her own medical practice, a handsome physician husband, three perfect children, and an opulent home in an exclusive Kansas City suburb. But when a raging fire destroyed that home and took two lives, the trail of clues led investigators to a stunning conclusion. Piece by piece, Ann Rule digs beneath this placid Midwestern facade to unveil a disturbing portrait of strangely troubled marriages, infidelity, desperation, suicide, and escalating acts of revenge that forever changed dozens of lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671868697
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 205,546
Product dimensions: 6.64(w) x 4.12(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1935

Place of Birth:

Lowell, Michigan


Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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Bitter Harvest 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule is one of my favorite true crime authors to date. Readers become so absorbed in her books that they feel true emotions for the victims and families. In this one, "Bitter Harvest" it tells of a woman named Deb Greene who kills 2 of her children because her husband wants a divorce. Ann Rule described the psyche of Mrs. Greene and how her childish personality turned her into a cold blooded murderer. Those who love true crime should pick up this book. There are a lot of interesting aspects of the story that I cannot sum up here, but should be read. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book holds you till the end. As with all of Ann Rules books you can't put it down. It's horrible to know what a person could do to their own spouse and children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ánn does it once more..enticing me to grip this book without the need to let go. The language she uses is simple yet profound, not too bombastic yet insightful. I look forward to reading more of Ann Rule's work
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of Ann Rule's best novels. I couldn't put it down...very good thriller!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Could not put it down. Ann Rule makes true crime read like fiction. One of her best!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After first reading this fascinating character study, I checked forensic psychology websites and stumbled onto the traits of borderline personality disorder that, IMO as a layperson, fits Debora Green to a 'T'. Bearing in mind the specific criteria, I reread Bitter Harvest. Not to be missed is the chilling depiction of Debora Green's jovial aspect during her middle-of-the-night interview at the local police station while firemen were still at the scene of the fire and she was unaware of the fate of her son and youngest daughter. When the detective asked where her children went to school...'They all go to Pembroke Hall' she said speaking so fast it was hard to make out the words, 'At least the living ones do.' paperback pg 182 Another reviewer has been critical the Ann Rule got some details wrong; but if the dialogue and description on this one page is accurate, that alone is worth the price of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People who say that Ann needs to "get her facts straight" really have no idea what they are talking about. Ann Rule investigates ALL of her books thoroughly, leaving no stone unturned. She is fair and accurate, always telling the whole story. This is another masterpiece from Ann Rule and I was unable to put it down. If you love true crime from a writer that tells it ALL perfectly, you will love this story of a woman willing to kill her own children because her husband wants a divorce. Get into the sick and childish mind of Deborah Green, a woman who had it all, her own medical practice, a beautiful home and family and getting her own way was all that mattered. Great job Ann, another great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is quite an interesting and tragic story. I was pulled in to the world of Dr. Green and could not put this book down. I however, felt that I never really got to know her mind or the reasons behind what she did. I was told of her life, but never gained insight into what drove her to such depths of despair. I find it hard to believe that her husband was the driving force behind all her evil and hateful ways. I think this book could have been written in a more objective way. Mike was never a shining example as Rule makes him out to be. I think he should share some of the blame for the breakdown of this family. Women who are committed and are on several meds should not be raising children. It's not alright for Mike to walk away and not shoulder some of the blame. Rule allows him to ramble on about his horrible wife, but she never questions him on why he stood by and watched this downward spiral. I would love to see a book about this family from someone willing to point fingers at all of the involved parties. From Mike Farrar to his parents and Debora Green's family, they should be ashamed that a woman who was so obviously a nut case was allowed to raise small children alone. Deplorable! and Ann Rule should have broached that subject. This story didn't unfold in the 50's before people understood mental illness. This was in the late 90's after numerous other mother's had plunged over the edge of sanity and killed their children. No one saw this coming? Oh, Please. Rule should have gone into this project with the same question for all involved, Why didn't you do something to prevent this from happening?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule is the best on true crime this book tells all and makes you feel like you know the people she is writing about. An excellent book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is one of Ann Rule's finest novels, as well as the usual in impressive writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting, and read it in one day. It was a very in depth case study into the personality disorders of Deborah Green. She seemed to be completely apathetic toward her marriage until it fell apart; her response to its eminant failure and her treatment of her children during its demise was so horrific that I truely believe that she has to be severly mentally ill. Any mother that would harm her children, in my opinion, must be somewhat crazy, not just evil.
dragonAZ More than 1 year ago
Am a big Ann Rule fan. She doesn't disappoint in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of Ann Rule's books and this is her best. I just couldn't put the book down. Ms. Rule is the best at writing true crime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book kept me awake and ended like most of her books do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! Ann Rule did a wonderful job- it was written so smoothly, and i loved the way that the characters were described with such detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one does it better then Ann Rule when it comes to investigative research in preparation for full length true crime books. As usual, Ann Rule fully explores the backgrounds of those involved and provides full character descriptions. 'Bitter Harvest' will not disappoint and her hard work shows in this smooth flowing rendition of the terrible crimes committed by Debora Green against her children and husband.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several of your books and love them. This and the book about Ted Bundy are my favorites to date. If you do not like true crime novels, do not read Ann Rule. She is the queen of true crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I I have been reading Ann Rule for over twenty years She never disapoints xoxoxoxoxop
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Very interesting story.... one I would highly recommend to book clubs... it would make for a very interesting discussion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read everythin by ann rule some books more then once must read for anybody into true crime!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to live in a house in the same neighborhood. The plot of where her house used to be was right behind mine. The neighbors told told my dad who told me the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Rule .. to think a mother, wife could do this to her family, so sad .. Bn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down! Thats my four star rule!