Monday, June 10, 2013

True Crime: Michigan: The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases by Tobin T. Buhk

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

True Crime: Michigan is a book full of murder, mayhem and history from across the state of Michigan. Beginning with some of the crimes known to have taken place before Michigan had been given statehood, the book shows the rough and tumble way of life that has come to those in Michigan. The stories include many arenas of the criminal world including murders, extortion, gang activity and even a disappearance. Each is a true account given with background information concerning the key individuals and several theories, if applicable. Some examples of cases covered within the book include the Michigan victims of the Lonely Hearts Killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, the rise and fall of the Purple Gang, an island where one man's perception of religion ruled, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa and many more.

As a lover of true crime novels, I was quite pleased to find this book on a day when the Kindle version was free. I was immediately taken in by the history of the state we've come to know as Michigan. The author lays out how the land and its people moved from uncharted, wild territory into the state we may visit today. Along the way, we learn some of the shady characters that make the history colorful, to say the least. I really liked how the author kept his writing unbiased, presenting the information in both an entertaining and informing narrative that was quite easy to follow. Of course, I feel as though the book was a bit short but that's only because I do enjoy the genre. All in all, the book is a solid, entertaining read that provides as accurate information as allowed by records that have been kept or media coverage of events. If you are a true crime lover, this book is one you should consider checking out.

True Crime: Michigan: The State's Notorious Criminal Cases by Tobin T. Buhk is available in both paperback and Kindle form. It can be purchased from at the link below.
True Crime: Michigan: The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases by Tobin T. Buhk

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