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Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What Making a Murderer Gets Wrong

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It s time to set the record straight about Steven Avery. The full recordincluding evidence never....
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published February 9th 2017 by BenBella Books
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was a wasted opportunity. While Ken Kratz had a platform and medium to tell a more complete story of the Steven Avery case from the prosecution point-of-view (as we have seen the lawyers on both sides of the Casey Anthony case do), he choose instead to write a book that is disjointed and reads more like a blog of a jilted lover than of the prosecutor of one of the most publicized cases in recent history. The book is disjointed and full of repetition - almost as if the author thought if ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I think I am the rare person who did not watch Making a Murderer. I tend not to read other reviews after I receive a book, but I did read then with this book. I read that a lot of people have made mention of Making of a Murderer and that they did not like how it was mentioned so much in this book. The televisions show was mentioned a lot in this book. I believe that Author did so for many reasons. He was a prosecutor on this case and did not like that not all the evidence was provided o
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I don't think Stephen Avery is completely innocent by any means, I think Ken Kratz is exactly where he needs to be. Without a job or wife....He's shady and the law enforcement in Manitowac County isn't free of blame either. There's something not quite right going on there. I do agree with Brandon Dassey being set free. At this point, I feel like all of Kratz's options were exhausted and he tried to redeem his name by writing a 'tell-all'. Except there's really nothing new here.
Valerity (Val)
I received this book from Netgalley and BenBella Books to read and review just yesterday, the first day it was published.

Edited review 11/19/2018: I found Kratz's book to be quite slanted to his view of things as a disgraced former prosecutor. It's hard to view it impartially in light of that as I don't feel he was impartial from all that has since come out. I think that future happenings will show how bad his actions were in this case, and it will all come out when the truth is brought to ligh
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It so obvious that Steven Avery is guilty and yet a one sided documentary has everyone believing he is innocent...again. I really feel like he completely thought he could get away with this because of that wrongful conviction. Everyone is so focused on this "innocent" man that they forget all about the actual victim in this. Teresa Halbach. A 25 year old woman raped and murdered. While it was an interesting read I only gave it 3 stars instead of the 4 I had considered. Mainly because I feel the ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's rather amusing that in the blurb for this book the word "indignation" is tossed out, considering what you find when you open the cover and read the contents.

When I first saw this book, I was intrigued by the idea that this might contain crucial details about the Steven Avery case that the Netflix show did not offer to viewers. Perhaps it does just that, but it is so buried in the mire of Ken Kratz trying to systematically take down "Making a Murderer" and defend his position (no pun intend
Rindt Lacey
Oct 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the response Ken Kratz puts together to hit back at Making a Murderer (MAM) documentary on Netflix? Is this all he's got-the Lead Prosecutor that was able to achieve guilty verdicts against both Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey?? This book is his big gun that shoots down the circumstantial case that MAM presented in their documentary? Seriously? It did not sway me at all. He was not able to put forth any strong argument that included any real evidence that was not mentioned in ...more
Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers as the author for providing me with a free ecopy if this be in exchange for a free and honest review!

Overall this book is good, it handles the facts, tells you how things where handelnd and in which order and at what timeline, so exactly what a non fiction book should do!
The writing is mostly nicely done as well, not too dry or in any way making this book hard to read and I personally appreciated that pictures of the crime were included so that the reader get
Nov 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn’t want to support this guy, so I borrowed it from the library. No proceeds to a licentious, unethical narcissist sexter who annihilated my belief that man can be integrity-filled, upright, ethical, and urbane.

I only read his account in order to understand the ongoing manipulation that he stirred.

So KK confesses and outs himself, deplorable creature that he is. He’s got nothing left, he has filed for bankruptcy, lost his $350K house and left Superior, WI


and with nothing left to
Kristina Weber, Ph.D.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wow. So much bitter animosity toward the series and viewers, and so little depth. Kratz had the opportunity here to really take readers inside, to make us feel as though we were there with the investigators and prosecutors. There wasn't a 3D sentence to be found in the entire book. The people didn't feel real, and huge chunks of the narrative are missing. Did he even read any good true crime before writing this? He really should have found a ghost writer, because he was obviously in over his hea ...more
Kathleen Kirchner
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was poorly written, patronizing (if I read "not us cheeseheads!" about some folksy midwestern tradition or something one more time, I might move.), and, at the point where Kratz suggests that if Dassey is freed he might kill someone too, aggressively nasty towards the defendants.

To be fair, he does do a good job of explaining exactly how things were spliced in Making a Murderer to be sympathetic to Avery. But he never actually proves beyond a reasonable doubt (even when allowed to run
Mallory Stoll
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was hoping there would be some value to this book to help the public uncovered the truth. This did not come true. Ken Kratz presents his bias version of the story in a condescending and narcissistic way. He claims he is able to suppress his narcissism, but he surely did not do it here. This book would have been better of he did not cherry pick and highlight responses to a few pieces of evidence the defense called into question. I continue to be left with reasonable doubt that Avery is not guil ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for the copy of Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What "Making a Murderer" Gets Wrong by Ken Kratz that I read and reviewed.
I can honestly say when I stated this book my mind was made up that Avery was innocent and should be freed from jail because of what I had seen on Making a Murder. I only wanted to read this book to see if Kratz really was the cocky jerk he was in that television series. Boy did this book give me different view of the crime and Kratz as a man.
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
"After his wrongful conviction, she explains, Avery believe "all bit**es owed him."
Jodi believes that Teresa was just unlucky enough to have been standing there when Steven decided to collect on his debt."

Reading reviews on here, I must be one of the few who saw Making a Murder and was instantly angry. I knew they didn't tell the whole story - and I knew they were manipulating how things played out for the cameras.

I was quick to jump on my computer and look for articles and information. It didn'
Kristi Olson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read this book almost immediately after watching Making A Murderer. I was hoping it would help me off the fence of Guilty or Innocent. Instead, it left me with more questions than answers. I needed to investigate. After seeing where the case in now in 2018 and reading everything about Steven Avery's post conviction case, I have come to the conclusion that this book was pure prosecution biased. Ken Kratz offers no explanation to any of the questionable evidence. He didn't in court and he didn't ...more
Jennifer Cyr
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The truth

I believe Steven Avery is where he belongs in jail, it saddens me to know how corrupt Making a murderer is. They should of made the focus on the victim, Theresa and family!
David Jarman
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
MAM is hardly a “documentary.” Anyone that critically and honestly assesses the case will conclude that the “planting theory” was the defense’s feeble attempt at deflecting all of the damning evidence against Avery and Dassey. The defense attorneys and producers of MAM tried to exploit society’s distrust of law enforcement to distract people from the truth. They painted Kratz as the villain and described Avery as an innocent family man. Unfortunately, people fell for it, ignoring the physical ev ...more
Rowena McCall
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book! Anyone influenced by the clearly one-sided documentary and conspiracy theories need to read this book, it takes the story from tabloid sensationalism to give insight into the real people behind the story, and how irresponsible journalism impacts real lives.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book from the prosecution side of the Steven Avery trial. Gives you lots of insight about the case and the fallout the years after the trial.
Laura Grable
Like most people, I binged watched "Making a Murderer" and was pretty horrified at what appeared to be a blatant mishandling of justice. I was not entirely convinced Avery was innocent, but I was convinced that Dassey was and that the local police were up to something. When I picked up this audio book I did not see that it was by Ken Kratz, the prosecutor in the case. I just grabbed it because I was been interested to know more about what wasn't shown on camera. Again, like most viewers, I did n ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
First, this review is in exchange for an ARC given by NetGalley. That said, the review is unbiased.

I'm actually surprised by what I'm going to write here--I liked Ken Kratz's book. The writing is highly engaging and intelligent, and the case he makes is compelling. (For the record, I am of the "sympathetic but suspicious" camp when it comes to Steven Avery, and the "free poor Brendan" camp on his nephew). While he disputes the "Making a Murderer" points, he does so typically with specific eviden
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
If you haven't watched the Netflix documentary, don't read this book - it very much assumes you have watched it and would be hard to follow otherwise. Kratz lays out the evidence that was missing from Making a Murderer and points out the creative editing in the series as well, which is nice to have all in one place, especially for people who watched the series and took everything at face value without doing even a little bit of research online. But the writing is severely lacking and repetitive ...more
Nancy Hand
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two Thumbs down

This book is terrible, It is full of Falsehoods and parts of the Truthful information was left out to make you believe things are the truth but are not when you compare them to court documents and police reports, and 3rd party statements were from different people than it is leading you to believe it came from in this book. Clearly court documents say the opposite than this book is telling you. I found it disturbing and unsettling and now I completely believe after seeing it for m
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book and would highly recommend it. Like most, I was fascinated by the Netflix documentary, but I think it's pretty easy to see that it's extremely biased. I always wondered what was being omitted or cleverly edited to make their case. What evidence did the jury get that those only trained by the "Netflix School of Law" didn't? Now I know. Kratz plainly lays it out. After the Netflix series, I thought Avery was probably guilty but had questions. However, with every page of thi ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pretty decent celebrity tell-all that should be required reading for anyone who watched and was horrified by Making a Murderer. Whatever the truth, Kratz demonstrates that TV is not a court, and there are two sides to every story.
Shell Martin
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn’t hate this book. It’s got a few great clues in it and Kratz does provide some things NOT well known in the Making A Murderer atmosphere. The use of a Rug Doctor in AVERY home days after Teresa Halbach vanished on Halloween 2005, the explanation of what happened to the blue tarp covering Halvach’s RAV4 and how Lenk’s signature was on the form RE: hair & nail clippings and NOT the purple topped blood vial. The truth matters. Still, this book fails to make a compelling point or matrix of WH ...more
Tanya T
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Living in Wisconsin and having followed this case since the first missing persons reports of Theresa Holbach hit the local news stations it amazes me that a One sided Netflix documentary called Making a Murderer could reopen this case with a completely different spin. Steven Avery was falsely convicted of an assault and rape while in his early 20’s and served almost 18 yrs in prison until DNA evidence acquitted him of all charges and released him. Fast forward to 2005 when a young freelance phot ...more
Matt Bradford
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
As with alot of people, after watching Making a Murderer I could not believe in this day and age in our history that we could so blatantly wrongfully convict (if not set-up) an innocent man. That we could could have police take a family that just wants to be left alone, a family that seems to be on the lower end of the intelligence scale. That was my initial reaction. As time went on some things just did not make sense to me about the implicated set-up. When I saw that this book was coming out I ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book negative stars I would. I guess I gave Ken Kratz too much credit. I read this book hoping for something I didn't already know. I went in with an open mind but ended up disappointed. Kratz promised facts that would prove Avery's guilt but he didn't present anything that someone that has read the court transcripts don't already know. He constantly undermines his readers as unintelligent and uninformed. He poses a demeanor of superiority in which he seems to talk down to h ...more
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Ken Kratz is a lawyer and the former district attorney of Calumet County, Wisconsin. He gained prominence for trying the highly publicized homicide case, State of Wisconsin v. Steven Avery (2007), in which Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were both convicted.

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