When Evil Came to Good Hart

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When Evil Came to Good Hart is a new look into an old story-the cold-case file of the murders of a wealthy Detroit-area family in their northern Michigan cabin in 1968. Mardi Link crafts her page-turning, true-life whodunit around police and court documents and historical and present-day statements and interviews. She also explores the case's impact on Good Hart and the stigma that surrounds the popular summer getaway. Enhancing both the sense of tragic history and the suspense, Link laces her tale with fascinating local and Indian lore, while dozens of colorful characters enter and leave the story. Despite the exhaustive investigative efforts of numerous individuals, decades later the truth lies tantalizingly out of reach. It remains an unsolved cold case, yielding, in Link's words, forty years' worth of "dead-end leads, anonymous tips, a few hard facts, and countless cockamamie theories."

About the Author:
Mardi Link is a journalist and the 2007 Betty Crumrine Scholar from the Antioch Writers' Workshop. She is the cofounder and former editor of ForeWord magazine and the former editor of Small Press magazine. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan

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Editorial Reviews

Judith Guest
"The murder mystery that has confounded and fascinated people for over forty years has been given a whole new life. When Evil Came to Good Hart is a well-researched and well-written piece of non-fiction that holds the reader in its spell, just as it has the many writers, reporters, and law officers who have puzzled over it. My highest praise for Mardi Link's book is to say that it reads like a good novel, a real page-turner."
—Judith Guest
"A balanced and absorbing account of this mystery, allowing readers to form their own opinions and leaving them wanting more. . . . [and] a stellar example of how a mystery, when well presented, can be even more compelling than one that's been solved."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472116669
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

A Stranger Comes to Town 1

Call the Law 4

Will Be Back 10

The Boss 18

The Mentals 27

The Phony 32

Gun Country 39

Following the Money 44

The Tipsters 60

A Leg Man 67

The Alibi 75

Closing In 86

The Case for Prosecution 91

The Leavenworth Letter Theory 101

Another Killing 113

Manhunts in the North Woods 117

The Sleuths 123

The Good People of Good Hart 132

A Bliss House 138

The Literary Ladies of Lamkin 144

A Healing 149

Epilogue: Status of Case No. 7471 154

Who's Who 161

Sources and Resources 165

Further Reading 175

Photographs Following page 74

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