When Evil Came to Good Hart

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"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 nonfiction 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."
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Overview

"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 nonfiction 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, author of Ordinary People and The Tarnished Eye

In this page-turning true-life whodunit, author Mardi Link details all the evidence to date. She crafts her book around police and court documents and historical and present-day statements and interviews, in addition to exploring the impact of the case on the community of Good Hart and the stigma that surrounds the popular summer getaway. Adding to both the sense of tragic history and the suspense, Link laces her tale with fascinating bits of local and Indian lore, while dozens of colorful characters enter and leave the story, spicing the narrative.

During the years of investigation of the murders, officials considered hundreds of tips and leads as well as dozens of sources, among them former secretaries who worked for murder victim Dick Robison; Robison's business associates; John Norman Collins, perpetrator of the "Co-Ed Murders" that took place in Washtenaw County between 1967 and 1969; and an inmate in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, who said he knew who killed the Robison family.

Despite the exhaustive investigative efforts of numerous individuals, decades later the case lies tantalizingly out of reach. It is still 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."

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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
truecrimereview.blogspot.com
"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."
—truecrimereview.blogspot.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472033157
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 686,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (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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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    Whe Murder Came To Good Hart

    This is a really good book,suspenceful ,tragic, the book kept me glued to my seat. Very good book, I probably will buy the other books that Mardi Link has written.

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