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Wrecking Crew

Demolishing the Case Against Steven Avery
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
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“Whatever you thought you believed about this infamous case, get ready to change your mind or be more convinced than ever.... Fascinating.” (New York Times best-selling author Steve Jackson)  

In 2016-17, while working for the USA Today Network’s Wisconsin Investigative Team, author John Ferak wrote dozens of articles examining the murder case again Steven Avery, who had already beat one wrongful conviction only to be charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. The case became the wildly successful Netflix Making a Murderer documentary.  

In Wrecking Crew: Demolishing the Case Against Steven Avery, Ferak lays out in exacting detail the post-conviction strategy of Kathleen Zellner, the high-profile, high-octane lawyer, to free Avery. To create this work, Zellner, perhaps America’s most successful wrongful conviction attorney, gave Ferak unique access to the exhaustive pro bono efforts she and her small suburban Chicago law firm dedicated for a man she believes to be a victim of an unscrupulous justice system in Manitowoc County.

©2018 John Ferak (P)2018 WildBlue Press

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Must read

Must read to those Avery, Zellner and Making of Murdered fans. Love Kevin Pierce's narration.

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  • Magaae
  • 19-12-2018

Just Excellent...

If you are up to date with the Netflix docuseries, then this book provides you with more details surrounding the case.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2018

Great factual account of the injustice system.

Loved it. Binged listened to the book, just as I binge watched Making A Murderer. This book has many facts I have not heard about elsewhere.

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  • teresa dunton
  • 20-12-2018

Excellent book!

Unbelievable the amount of evidence questioning the wrongful convictions of Steven and Brandon! I only hope Kathleen is able to get a new trial. There is no way a jury would convict this time

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  • Heidi S
  • 20-12-2018

Free Avery!

Awesome Book. Great job Kevin Pierce on narrating! Listened to this book in less than a day. It's very good.

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  • Teresa Noel
  • 20-12-2018

wish I could give more than 5 stars.

This book is a seriously in depth account of the Steven Avery murder case. On Halloween day 2005 Teresa Holbock was murdered and the local Police department has pinned it in Steven Avery. A man who had a 36 million dollar case against the same police department for another wrongful incarceration case where he spent most of his adult life in prison for a crime he did not commit. There are several books and even a Netflix series called Making a Muderer on this case. I am not sure what exactly has drawn me to this case that I follow it closely . Maybe this poor man has spent over 35 years in prison for things he did not do or the fact that I was raised in a small town in Georgia that also had a corrupt Police Department and I saw many people take the fall for things they had no hand in. I also love true crime.

If you have heard of this case and even if you have not thus book is well worth the time to read or in case listen to this book. The book takes you through the evidence. It gives you reasons why it is believed this us a very corrupt case and also why Steven Avery is not guilty. It also points fingers at people who done the corruption, reasons why they may have done it, and even some people who should of been the true suspects.

I personally cannot wait to see this case played out the rest of the way. I honestly do not know if Steven is guilty or not but it jest seems like he is a scapegoat in a crooked town.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ronald D. Cass
  • 17-12-2018

Revealing the truth about framing an innocent man.

Loved to hear the book read. I had to listen in bits & pieces. I want to listen again & again. Very captivating!

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  • Dustin J Beaudry
  • 16-12-2018

Anything Steven Avery just intrigues me.

Anything Steven Avery just intrigues me. Was a very easy listen. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys anything True Crime

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  • M. Jacobson
  • 14-12-2018

Tons of detailed info

I’ve watched both series of Making a Murderer and this book included details I had not previously known. It was fascinating and well written. It’s also infuriating. What a travesty of justice this entire affair has been. Kathleen Zellner is an avenging angel and my hope is that she prevails here and Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are exonerated.

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  • maria huntley
  • 12-12-2018

Very good book

Very good book!!! Highly reccomend reading it. It goes into much more details about the case documents than I expected.

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  • Pen Name
  • 09-12-2018

Wrecking Crew!

This book details the evidence uncovered by the genius, Kathleen Zellner. Kathleen Zellner may be the greatest legal mind of our time. You are the wrecking crew!!

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  • lesley currie
  • 17-01-2019

What a fabulous book!

I saw the 2 series on Netflix but this book is so much more! Excellent!!

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  • Craig
  • 16-01-2019

A good read

absolutely loved this book. It covered all the plot holes and added in a character profile of slimy ken kratz.

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  • David John Steedman
  • 12-01-2019

Corruption exposed

If you enjoyed the netflix documentary Making a Murderer and need to know more about the case, this book delivers in great detail the history behind the members of the corrupt law enforcement officers of Manitiwoc county. You will be shocked - or not - at the shady history of of the officers involved and also the real suspects of this crime. I recommend that you watch MaM season 2 as this explores even more of Kathleen Zelners exemplary post conviction case, giving you more insight and detail than the series did. It is hard to comprehend that in this day and age there is this amount of corruption still happening in the western world, and openly for all to see, yet judge after judge will still chuck the case out of court due to the exponential shame it would bring to the Manitiwoc county sheriffs dept, or more likely due to the amount of money that would be involved in a wrongful conviction settlement...again

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  • JAJA
  • 30-12-2018

love the content

Definitely need to have watched the two seasons of "Making a Murderer" before reading this to fully appreciate the content .. which at times is a bit higgledepiggledy and repetitious ..
But I 100% believe that this "Wrecking Crew" is the best chance Avery has!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-05-2019

it made my skin crawl

I have also watched the documentary but i think this books gives facts and background stories on suspects and police officers that werent mentioned in the documentary. This man’s life is a tragedy but i believe 100% in Kathleen

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  • Mrs. Rachel J. Holl
  • 13-03-2019

griping

loved it and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who lukes true crime stories

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-2019

Great book, well put together!

Thus spills some home truths about the justice system in the USA, continue the fight guys.

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  • liken
  • 30-01-2019

Brilliant book ....

....if it wasn’t so frustratingly sad. Having watched both series of Making a Murderer it was very interesting (and maddening) to learn details in more depth. I couldn’t put it ‘down’ and didn’t want it to end - we live in hope that the right people make the right decisions going forward.

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  • lateral thinking
  • 20-12-2018

This book is a must!.

The corruption within LE in Manitowoc is mind blowing! Brilliantly narrated.
Fantastically written., A must read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

Pulling the thread, and documenting the unraveling

The material included in this book is extensive. It covers the detail included in both documentaries, and fleshes out areas previously only alluded to. It also contains extra material on how the police operated at the time, in that part of the states, which really sets the scene for how the Avery case played out. My only criticism is that it becomes a little repetitive in some places when the narrator is reading from court transcripts or other evidentiary material. But overall, a great read for all those with hours invested in MAM.