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In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor MurdersIn Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders by Kathryn Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another long book!

I'm a Texas girl, so when I was offered a deal on this true crime novel (love the genre), a story that took place half an hour from where my daughter lives, I had to read it. I don't think I had ever heard a news story about this case even though it made national news back in 2013.

Eric Williams - Eagle Scout, math nerd, band geek, computer whiz, Texas Guard captain, court controller, Mensa member, gun enthusiast, attorney, child advocate, Justice of the Peace... murderer! If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, imagine a man stripped of his livelihood, law license, insurance, and reputation over $600 in "misplaced" computer monitors. Eric held a grudge of the worst kind. His wife Kim, drugged up on pain pills and muscle relaxers, was an unlikely accomplice.

Kathryn Casey describes this case as one of the most bizarre cases she has ever covered. In January of 2013, a prosecutor in Kaufman County is gunned down outside the courthouse. Two months later, another Kaufman county prosecutor and his wife are killed in their own home. Bizarre is an understatement once all the facts are in.

I had not read any of Casey's books prior to this one, but I likely will now. She is the author of 11 true crime books and close to 20 mysteries. Her writing style is similar to Ann Rule, but a little more drawn-out and somewhat repetitive. However, she does her research! She is also the only author who has interviewed Eric and Kim Williams in person. She includes every little detail and the significance of it and weaves it into a compelling narrative. It reads more like a novel than a documentary, and I like that.

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