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"Kathryn Casey has the roots, the guts, and the talent...She takes her place as one of the best." #1 NYTimes bestselling author Ann Rule
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As an award-winning journalist and the author of eleven true crime books, I've spent thirty years writing about real cases, real people, real murders. It's been an amazing education on law enforcement and the criminal mind.
Why true crime? Because it opens a window into the human mind, the human heart, the very best of humanity and the very worst. In each book, I dig into a sensational case, pulling all the evidence together, doing my best to answer all the questions, not just who, what, how and where, but the most important, why?
My most recent true crime book: IN PLAIN SIGHT.
This is the case that rocked the nation. IN PLAIN SIGHT is an in-depth account of the Kaufman County prosecutor murders, three killings that made headlines across the world. In January 2013, someone gunned down a prosecutor working for the Kaufman DA's office in broad daylight in the middle of town. The FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, Texas Rangers, local police and the sheriff's office investigated. Rumors swirled about the Aryan Brotherhood. Then two months later, the Saturday before Easter, Kaufman's DA and his wife were brutally murdered inside their home. Law enforcement was under fire. Who would be so brazen?
One of the most bizarre cases I've covered, the Kaufman murders tore off a mask of rural tranquility to reveal political infighting, long-held grudges, and finally fatal revenge.
As fascinating as true crime can be, it's good to try new things. Toward that end, I added another genre to my repertoire. For those of you who prefer your bad guys fictional, I relied on my crime-fighting knowledge and let my imagination free, introducing the world to Police Chief Clara Jefferies of Alber, Utah, and Texas Ranger Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong.
It all began with SINGULARITY, the first book in my break-out mystery series, a pulse-pounding tale of a Texas Ranger hot on the trail of the strangest killer to ever stalk the Lone Star State. BOOKLIST magazine named SINGULARITY one of the Best Crime Novel Debuts of 2009! The thrills continued with the second in the series, BLOOD LINES, this time transporting readers inside two intense investigations, one involving a young superstar hunted by a cyber-stalker. The third novel in the series, THE KILLING STORM, was named one of the best mysteries of the year by LIBRARY JOURNAL. The latest in the Sarah Armstrong series: The Buried. As pulse-pounding as the first three, with a couple of serious bad guys.
Finally, I'd like to introduce my latest effort: the Clara Jefferies mysteries. I love Clara. She's wise and spunky, and she doesn't take a lot of guff. She figures out the clues, decides what she has to do, and goes for it. Despite a difficult history in the small polygamous community of Alber, in book one, THE FALLEN GIRLS, Clara returns to search for Delilah, her missing sister. The investigation plunges Clara head-long into a world she fled to save her own life. In this small mountain town, Clara defies old stereotypes, confronts the ghosts of her past and tries to stop a heinous killer.
In book two, HER FINAL PRAYER, Clara is thrown into a grisly murder scene on the seemingly bucolic setting of the Johansson bison ranch. Not only is Clara forced to unravel a perplexing mystery, but she finds herself thrown into painful memories of her own as she assesses the lives of the victims.
Then comes THE BLESSED BONES: a body, little more than skeleton, found in a shallow grave. Who is she, and how did she die? Clara follows the clues, at the same time she pursues a sixteen-year-old child abuse case that touches her heart. Meanwhile, all isn't well in Alber, and someone she loves is in danger. I'd tell you more but, really, you need to read the book!
Now another segue: this time into historical fiction with a bit of crime woven in. ANGEL FALLS took twenty years to write. Based on a real woman, a brave explorer, the book weaves together two intersecting plot lines, one from 1949, the other 1993. One is a heroic quest against all odds, while in the other two women join forces to escape a brutal predator. "Fascinating," one reader commented. "I LOVE this book," another said.
Want a glimpse inside the books? While you're here, click the links on the left and read excerpts from many of the books.
That's it for now, but before I go, one more thing: thank you to all of you who read my books and enjoy them, especially those who recommend my work to others. Your kindness is appreciated more than you know.
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