Catch the Sparrow: A Search for a Sister and the Truth of Her Murder


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Bloomsbury Publishing
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Rear, a New York City public school teacher and actor, holds an MA from Columbia University and an MFA from the New School. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other publications.


"Catch the Sparrow is true crime at its most personal and purposeful--heartfelt and intimate, noble and determined, meticulous and brave." --Robert Kolker, New York Times bestselling author of HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD and LOST GIRLS

"Catch the Sparrow is a one-of-a-kind true crime narrative, meticulously reported and compellingly written. The real twist in Rachel Rear's pursuit of this cold case murder is the stunning relationship of the teller to the tale. No novelist could have invented it." --Jonathan Dee, author of THE LOCALS and THE PRIVILEGES

"A poignant and honest memoir combined with a suspenseful tale of a vibrant young woman's senseless murder and the lengthy and often shocking investigation that followed, Catch the Sparrow is my favorite type of true crime book--compassionate, compelling, and achingly, heartbreakingly real. I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come." --Alison Gaylin, Edgar Award-winning author of THE COLLECTIVE

"In this engrossing account of the murder of a step-sister she never met, Rachel Rear shows us how complex the relationship between victim, perpetrator and those affected by loss can be. Like the best true crime books, it transcends the genre." --Dean Haycock, author of MURDEROUS MINDS

"Compellingly suspenseful reading. But the book's greatest strength by far is the way it evokes the 'fragility of [human] existence' while reminding readers of the terrifying and random violence to which women continue to be subjected, both at home and in the world. A chillingly candid memoir and work of true crime." --Kirkus Reviews

"Rear's work is both thoroughly researched and deeply intimate . . . An insightful, moving tribute that will resonate with readers who appreciate a blend of true crime and memoir, such as Ellen McGarrahan's Two Truths and a Lie." --Library Journal

"The mystery of someone's disappearance or death compels people to find answers. Here, Rear methodically unravels the death of her stepsister, Stephanie . . . readers will appreciate the detail and care Rear takes to reach the culmination of the case." --Booklist

"Engrossing . . . This combination of true crime inquiry and revelatory memoir will linger in readers' minds long after they finish it." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Rachel Rear's beautiful, heartbreaking memoir is also a fierce interrogation of violence against women in American culture, and essential reading to understand the experience of the families left behind." --Crimereads