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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Badger Books (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932542361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932542363
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,370,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Feb 2009 Milwaukee Magazine by Julie Sensat Waldren: MURDER, SHE WROTE It's a well-worn cliche' that truth can be stranger than fiction. Yet there's a reason narrative nonfiction has such power. Take FATAL IDENTITY (Badger Books), a true-crime nonfiction novel by JOURNAL SENTINAL reporter Gina Barton about the 2001 murder and dismemberment of Hales Corners musician Timothy Wicks. Barton, who originally covered the case for JS, takes a tale- one that could have been easily forgotten by the general public in the frenzy of the news cycle- and turns it into a great read. The story unfolds like a John Grisham novel, following investigators as they piece together bizarre bits of evidence and culminating in a suspenseful courtroom drama. A few of the middle chapters get bogged down in details about murder suspect Dennis Gaede's checkered past, but the portrait that emerges is chilling and frighteningly real. This is a compelling story set in our own backyard. --Milwaukee Magazine Feburary 2009

About the Author

Gina Barton is an investigative journalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In addition to being published in several newspapers, she has contributed to the Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, and to Woman's World.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reveille on October 11, 2008
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A man seems to be missing. A headless, handless body turns up hundreds of miles away. Are they the same? This a quite a tale of blind love, trust and betrayal. This is my first foray into this genre and I was hooked right away. Barton takes the facts and weaves a story that keeps you interested from the start. Somehow she is able to take what could be a confusing story, full of disparate parts, and weave them into a very intriguing mystery. In one sense it's a sort of a real life "Who done it". The fact that it is all true, only adds to the drama. It'll keep you guessing till the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on January 4, 2009
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As a member of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's award-winning investigative reporting team, Gina Barton is a reporter's reporter, and her first book shows potential for greatness in future narrative efforts. "Fatal Identity", I happen to know from being a Milwaukee resident when the crime was committed, left cold, then re-opened and miraculously solved, is a story so bizarre that it couldn't possibly be made up. Barton knows her subject well (she covered it for several years) and approaches her first book with a journalist's love of thoroughness and a matter-of-fact tone that's consistent throughout. I wonder if it might have flowed more dramatically with a bit more flourish in the prose, but I wasn't put off by its straightforward approach. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who studies American killers, thieves and other misanthropes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on October 12, 2008
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This crime involved people close to me and my family. I found the book to be an accurate and interesting read. Many of the things reveled were new to me as it includes the inner working of all the agencys involved and what it took to bring this to the correct conclusion.
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