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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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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the way the author writes. Believable the story showed just how our justice system works. Slow, slow and slower.Published 23 months ago by Mel Nutter
Has anyone noticed that twice in the book the suspect's mother stated that he left her house at around 5:30pm??? Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Cassandra D. DeLong
On July 13, 1990, Barbara Kowynia George was busy at Comics World, the store owned by her and her husband, Michael George. Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by Kim Bryan
I liked this book and I still don't know after trying to find information on the case whether Michael George was ever in court again about his wife's murder. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by L. Walls