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Mardi Jo Link, WICKED TAKES THE WITNESS STAND, will be signing her latest book at Horizon Books of Traverse City on Saturday, February 28 from noon to 2:00 pm.
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 on 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. 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 reader shocked and aching for justice.
Mardi Jo Link’s two other true crime books are the well-known ISADORE’S SECRET and WHEN EVIL CAME TO GOOD HART. She has also written a rollicking memoir, BOOTSTRAPPER.