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A New York Times best seller! On a bitterly cold afternoon in December 1986, a Michigan State trooper found the frozen body of Jerry Tobias in the bed of his pickup truck. The 31-year-old oil field worker and small-time drug dealer was curled up on his side against the truck's bare metal, pressed against the tailgate, clad only in jeans, a checkered shirt, and cowboy boots. Inside the cab of the truck was a fresh package of expensive steaks from a local butcher shop, the first lead in a case that would be quickly lost in a thicket of bungled forensics, shady prosecution, and a psychopathic star witness out for revenge.

Multiple award-winning author Mardi Link's third book of Michigan true crime, Wicked Takes the Witness Stand, unravels this mysterious and still-unsolved case that sucked state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up, and ultimately led to the separate conviction and imprisonment of five innocent men. This unbelievable story will leave the listener shocked and aching for justice.

©2014, 2016 Mardi Link (P)2016 Mardi Jo Link

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  • A. Chalut
  • Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan USA
  • 10-15-16

This book is fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to Wicked Takes the Witness Stand the most enjoyable?

I've spent time in Gaylord. I have family who live there and the places the book talks about I know first hand.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked Takes the Witness Stand?

When the Suspects were found guilty!

What does Jim McCance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a great voice. A voice that lets the reader know the seriousness of the situation that the 5 suspects find themselves in. If I were to read the book, I don't think the severity of the situation would come across as ominous like the way Jim McCane reads it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The perserverance of the defense attorneys and when they finally won their case.

Any additional comments?

Really good book. A real cliff hanger. If it can happen to these 5 gentlemen, it can happen to anyone.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Justice system Vs Conviction system

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

America's justice system barely works. Justice is fragile and the people who enforce it aren't saints. Sometimes they are evil.

What about Jim McCance’s performance did you like?

All of it. Dude did a good read.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At about the half way point through my read I shook my head in frustration and turned it off. I didn't want to hear anymore. The dishonorable acts from law enforcement, the dishonest acts of the prosecutors office, the whole damned thing became too depressing to hear.<br/><br/>I gave it a week of rest and continued. I'm glad I did.

Any additional comments?

It wasn't a happy ending, but it wasn't as awful as the Michigan's state police or corrupt Otsego County prosecutors office wanted. <br/><br/>The REAL criminal became a judge.<br/><br/>I think if one values liberty and justice, this well worth a read.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Well written with an unbelievable story of corruption in government. Sad to think that these things happen, but the author provided a full accounting of both sides. Well done.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I have found my soulmate. Only in America.

Briliant conclusion. Brutally honest. Purges soul from nihilism. Deep, deep insight. Priceless tale of the best law system known to a man, warts and all included.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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cat lover

every thing about this reading was great the story was as well put together as anything I have read[listened to] I can't say enough good about this book

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • Belle river, ON, Canada
  • 10-05-16

I was pleasantly surprised with this book

the narration of this book is not that bad as one review stated. I found the storyline to be quite interesting. overall I am giving this a 4-star a good read you will not be disappointed.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding!!

I couldn't stop listening! What a story! Well written and well performed! Highly recommend!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Excellent psychological thriller!!

This book was Stellar, It's fast paced, with a healthy dose of suspense, Action and Adventure..

I always enjoy when the victim is someone you love to hate. pick the villain and it fits. I enjoy this type of psychological thriller because everyone's a suspect and you don't just guess the answer right away.


I look forward to more by this author she seems to have found her niche.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • LOURMARIN, France
  • 02-19-17

First-rate

What did you love best about Wicked Takes the Witness Stand?

The narrative and the narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked Takes the Witness Stand?

Pinning the murderers, but!

Have you listened to any of Jim McCance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. This one made me want to explore his other narrations.

If you could give Wicked Takes the Witness Stand a new subtitle, what would it be?

Would be the same.

Any additional comments?

A gripping, expertly written true crime story, superbly narrated.

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More twists and turns than the River Raisin!

My mind continually went this way and that. I couldn't tell if the good guys were bad, or if the bad guys were good until nearing the end! It was so intriguing and suspenseful that I had to focus almost exclusively on the story! My father in law lived in the Gaylord area, and for years I've been in and around the town, never having heard it! But I will never quite feel the same about the Michigan Justice System again. Sadly I think corruption is spreading as Lichen on a woodpile throughout every county in the State.

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  • Cornelia Nieszner
  • 09-06-16

Scary as hell!!!!!

These judges and prosecuters are in truth many times worse than Debby. She was obviously insane but they are rotten to the core and used her instead of helped her. To think that some of them arr still in office makes me want to vomit.....