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Dead But Not Forgotten: The True Story of a Cheating Husband, His Stunning Mistress, and a Murder Case Gone Cold (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2010

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A LIFE OF LIES

Devoted wife, loving mother, family-business owner—Barbara George seemed to have it all. But little did she know that her husband, Michael, was harboring a secret that would someday tear her family, and her whole world, apart…

A COLD-BLOODED CRIME

Barbara and Michael ran a Detroit-area comic book shop, where Renee Kotula was an employee—and Michael’s lover. Their torrid affair took a shocking turn when one night Barbara was found dead at the shop, a bullet through her skull. Did Michael kill his wife so that he could collect her life insurance policy…and run off with Renee?

A MURDER MYSTERY

With no weapon or witnesses, the police weren’t able to arrest Michael…until, eighteen years later, a new district attorney reopened the case and found overlooked evidence that placed him at the scene of the crime. Michael was finally arrested. But after a jury found him guilty of murder, the judge overturned his case. Why? As Michael awaits a second trial, many are left to wonder if justice will ever be served for the woman who is DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

WITH 8 PAGES OF STARTLING PHOTOS

About the Author

Amber Hunt is a journalist for the Detroit Free Press. She has received numerous awards including the 2005 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting, the only national award dedicated to crime coverage, and is a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow. She has appeared on NBC’s Dateline and A&E’s Crime Stories, among other TV shows. She lives in Michigan.

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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312599048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312599041
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Chopin on August 4, 2010
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I've been reading true crime mysteries for over 20 years. I feel I know what it takes to achieve a 5 Star rating.

First you need a story that is somewhat interesting. I would suggest any author thinking about writing a true crime MYSTERY read a book like Carlton Stowers "Careless Whispers", Darcy O'Brien's "Two of a Kind", Jerry Bledsoe's "Bitter Blood", Daniel Keys "Unveiling Claudia" or the "Minds of Billy Mulligan" or anything written by the late Tommy Thompson. Or if you don't want to read truly 5 Star True Crime Mysteries then look at any of the many crime documentaries on TV like 48 Hours and you will see that they don't tell you who committed the crime and why they committed the crime in the first 5 minutes. This book did that.

The rest of the book was just filler material going into too much detail about every single player involved in this case. Fully 2/3's of the book was endless court testimony with each chapter being the next day in court.

I could go on but you get the picture. Nothing unique or interesting... all mostly filler material after page 8. Boring writing. It took the cops 18 years to get their man but it appeared they finally had him as soon as you read page 8.

This book was not a "pager turner" but a book where you turned the pages just to get through it.
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This book should not have been published until the case was finalized. George was granted a new trial and reconvicted in 2011 - and the appeals have yet to be exhausted. As another credible reviewer noted, the book was more like a never-ending newspaper article. It's a very interesting case, if written properly. I know - I sat through the entire first trial and assisted Judge Biernat as a staff attorney. He agonized over this case; he was an honorable and fair jurist. He 's not the first judge, nor the last, to be late to the bench, but he's conscientious and deeply involved in doing the right thing. He's now retired and did not preside over George's second trial. George's convictions were wrong.
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I've been reading true crime for years and I don't like giving bad reviews because I believe the author puts their time and energy into it, and that should count for something. I also believe the reader has a right to a good book too. "Dead" was boring - plain and simple, for me anyway. If you're an avid true crime reader, you might want to skip this one.
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I have mixed thoughts on this book. While I thought it was very well written and included lots of facts and background, I also found it very repetitive. There was not a lot of new information or different views of the case. It was pretty much straight forward with letting us know the characters and what could have happened and how it was investigated. As the book went onto the trial it was in my opinion just repeating what the author had already set up in the beginning.

In spite of that it did read very well. I only wish there were more angles discussed. I did not care for the ending. For me it left me hanging because I don't know what happened to Michael at his new trial. Unless he hasn't had it yet in which case the author should have told us that.

Do I think he is guilty? I honestly can't say for sure. Everything points to him but there was no rock solid evidence to convict him without a doubt. If I were on the jury I would have had to go not guilty based on the evidence. One of the lawyers said..."It's better to let a guilty man free than to convict an innocent one" and I would have to agree with that in this case based on what was in the book.

If you like true crime it is worth a read.
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Our three children grew-up in NW Warren, MI, nearly across our street from -- and were friends with -- the Kowynia family ... including their daughter Barbara who became Mrs. Nick George, a wife and mother was found dead / murdered execution style July 13, 1990 ... shortly after my having moved June 15, 1990, from that Detroit hometown area of mine to wNC ... where I knew so little so long about that tragedy ... until Amber Hunt wrote this book published August 2010. So regardless, it rates as immensely informative with me.
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I was very impressed by this book, it's a well researched, compelling account of the case. As an experienced crime reporter, she leads the reader into an investigation where much went wrong, leaving more questions than answers.
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This book really gave no insight behind the crime. The title is misleading making the reader think an exciting story is about to unfold. The book is very dull and I barely got through it. Why this killer got away so long with this crime is a puzzle to me. How it got published is another puzzle.
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