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Blood in the Snow: The True Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad, his High-Powered Wife, and the Jealousy that Drove him to Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011

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“Vivid characters carry the action in latest book about grisly Metro Detroit murder . . . a page turner.” ―The Detroit News

“[Blood in the Snow is] the third book about the case but it's also the only one that had police cooperation. And that makes all the difference. . . . Henderson's book offers behind-the-scenes insights. He crafts a story of the Grants' marriage, their relations with family members and later, displays how those personalities manifested themselves during trial preparation. In all, it's a wild ride of a read that's still compelling.” ―Metro Times

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A MISSING MOTHER

Washington Township, Michigan: Valentine's Day, 2007. Stephen Grant filed a missing person's report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man?

A FATHER ON EDGE

Stephen's frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateline among other television shows and news outlets. But key elements in Stephen's story still weren't adding up: Why did he wait five days to go to police? What was the nature of his relationship with his children's beautiful, nineteen-year-old babysitter? Why did Stephen have cuts on his hands, and random bruises? Then, the police made a gruesome discovery.

A SHOCKING CONFESSION

Parts of Tara Grant's body started turning up around the woods near the Grant's home. The truth was finally coming to light…and, after a two-day manhunt, Stephen admitted to having killed Tara―first strangling her, then cutting her body into fourteen pieces before burying them. This is the shocking true story about a bitter, cheating husband whose crimes were revealed by the BLOOD IN THE SNOW.

With 8 pages of dramatic photos

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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312948123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312948122
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Henderson on April 26, 2011
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I stumbled upon my first Tom Henderson true crime book seven or eight years ago and bought it because we share a name. I loved it and have bought all the others as they came out. The last one disappointed a tad because basically all the main characters were unlikeable, but Blood in the Snow is great! I loved the cops working the case, especially Koz. And the black humor had me laughing out loud, especially Stephen Grant's drug-fueled drive to northern Michigan as police were searching his house and finding body parts, and his run through a blizzard at the aptly named Wilderness State Park. There was some hilarious dialogue by the cops who babysat him in the hospital after he was found shoeless in the now. I bought this book Saturday and had it finished by Sunday night. Fantastic!
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INTRODUCTORY NOTE: I'm a huge Tom Henderson fan. From A Deadly Affair forward, this Michigan based crime writer has been turning out consistently good crime novels based on Michigan area cases.

In this book, we learn the story of Stephen Grant. In 2007, Grant took up an affair with his German born au pair. After being able to seduce the young woman to give him oral sex, Grant decided he was going to short circuit the divorce process by killing his wife Tara, cutting up her body and pretending that she'd run away in the middle of marital spat.

Just as recounted in this book, I remember the process unfolding locally as Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel patiently and deliberately permitted Grant to hang himself while slowing taking the necessary steps to uncover the physical evidence of his wrongdoing.

As written by Henderson, by the time the police were ready to make their arrest, Grant had already implicated himself through contradictory and nonsensical statements in the media and of course by keeping incriminating evidence of the murder in his garage.

More than some tsk tsk account though, this book takes you inside Grant's mind from comitting the crime to his attempt to escape justice.

Like all these Henderson books as a practicing attorney I know many of the professionals involved in this case and I'm proud to say that without exception each and every one of them is as dedicated and hard working as portrayed in this book.

While admittedly this book has particular resonance for Michigan residents, I think crime readers generally would also benefit from it's gripping, page turning features.

Oh and yeah...why Stephen Grant will NEVER be named husband of the year. When you read this book, you'll know and I guarantee, it will haunt you long after you finish reading.
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Obviously I am not on the bandwagon for this author that other reviewers on here are. First of all, the short, clipped writing style in the present tense is not entertaining, but rather annoying and it comes off as gimmicky. Secondly, no pictures, at least in the kindle version I read. But most importantly is that the author, after speculating the entire book about the so-called all important motive for murder being some seemingly innocuous affair with some au pair, fails to even acknowledge the most obvious motive...financial. Did Tara Grant have life insurance or other financial means of making her husband rich if she disappeared? Did Stephen Grant stand to financially benefit from her death other than movie/book deals? You will never know by reading this book. Put simply, this book does not deserve the praise the other devoted fans of this author have heaped on him for this lackluster effort. This may as well be some lines from the book... "Does not like it. Will move on. Will find other books to read." Whatever.
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I've read quite a few true crime stories, but this was my first by Tom Henderson. I finished it because I wanted to know how it ended, but it was difficult to get through. It appears as though Mr. Henderson is attempting to make his writing sound like an old-time detective novel. The writing is clipped, as he constantly leaves out articles and conjunctions in very short sentences. Some people must enjoy reading this writing style, but I just found it annoying. This will be my last book by Mr. Henderson.
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By PDNL on February 21, 2012
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I feel guilty to admit that I love true-crime. I am actually disgusted that I enjoy reading this stuff. And, I've pretty much read it all! With that said, I won't stop with this book. It was AWESOME!

I'm from Michigan (but now live in North Carolina) but I like to read true-crime from places I've been or know well.
This story was so unbelievable that I read it in 2 days. I couldn't read it fast enough. I've read everything by Henderson and it's effortless. Perhaps one could liken it to a conversation with a friend. He captures everything perfectly. I love his sarcasm, I appreciate his "getting it." I like that this subject works for him and he works for his subject.

Stephen Grant can only be characterized as evil. And, even Satan himself better watch his back!
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You can read a good book of fiction, but at the end of the day, it's just that, fiction. True horror comes from reading what really happened and could happen again. This story is just so tragic and creepy. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I was proven wrong. You can get into the mind of the killer a little bit. Fiction can be compelling, but knowing what you're reading is a true story makes a huge difference. I couldn't put it down.
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