Book about convicted Mich. killer released

Published On: Feb 08 2012 03:46:17 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 08 2009 02:35:07 AM EST
DETROIT -

A Michigan man who is behind bars for killing his wife and dismembering her body is speaking out in print.

Stephen Grant gave interviews to two reporters who have turned his words and others into a true crime novel.

The book was released Jan 6.

Grant's wife, Tara, was originally reported missing last February but her torso was discovered in the couple's Washington Township garage. The rest of her remains were found in a nearby park.

Grant's trial made national news and he was convicted last December of second-degree murder in Tara's death.

The two reporters, Steve Miller and Andrea Billups, previously covered Grant's case for People Magazine.

The soft-covered 294-page book, titled "Slaying in the Suburbs," is being released by Berkley Publishing in New York. The price listed on the cover is $7.99.

The authors point out in the book's foreword that Tara's family wanted nothing to do with the book. The authors write that they got their information from court and police records and also through first-person interviews with Grant.

The authors make it a fact to mention that anything Grant told them was "suspect."

The book traces the beginning of the couple's marriage, the rise of Tara in her profession and how it strained the couple's relationship because Grant failed to succeed in his.

The book also paints the picture of Tara's murder and how Grant drove her body around and ultimately dismembered her, all while carrying on a romantic relationship with the couple's nanny.

In the last few pages of the book, the authors write, "Steve is soft-spoken and has clearly been humbled by the consequences of his heinous act. Yet his hands, large and strong, remain the hands that murdered and dismembered the woman he had sworn to love and protect, the ultimate betrayal."

The book also has words from Grant, claiming he was an alcoholic and had been prescribed Adderall.

Also in the closing pages of the book, is this quote from Grant:

"I miss Tara, and I know that sounds bad. I pray for forgiveness every day. I pray to Tara. I talk to Tara.. When I first entered the jail in Macomb, I was really having a lot of trouble dealing with this, with her being gone , and one of the psychiatrists suggested that I write her letters. So I did, and I still do. I hope I see her again. I miss Tara, which I know people don't understand. She was part of my life for 13 years. I really did love her."

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