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Blues and Bad Blood (A True Crime Short) - Kathryn Casey

Blues and Bad Blood (A True Crime Short)

Author Kathryn Casey

  • Published: 2011-09-21
  • Category: True Crime



"Kathryn Casey is one of the best in the true crime genre!" --Ann Rule

"Casey's vivid writing and dogged research establish her as one of the very best true crime writers in the business." -- Two-time Edgar winner Carlton Stowers, author of Careless Whispers

"Kathryn Casey joins Carlton Stowers as the premier chroniclers of Texas crime," --NYT bestselling author Gregg Olsen

"Casey stakes her claim as one of the best in the business," --M William Phelps, author of Love Her to Death


BLUES AND BAD BLOOD is a 6,000-word true crime piece recounting the brutal murders of Texas blues singer John Vandiver and his lover, Debbie Davis.

John was a mainstay in Texas music, who worked the circuits between Austin, Houston, Dallas, singing in the clubs. He performed with the greats of the Cosmic Cowboy Era, including Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey, and Jerry Jeff Walker. BLUES & BAD BLOOD explores the shadow world of drugs and music, in the context of two violent murders.


An award-winning journalist and novelist, Kathryn Casey is the creator of the Sarah Armstrong mystery series and the author of six highly acclaimed true crime books. Her first novel, SINGULARITY, was one of Booklist’s best crime novel debuts of 2009, and Library Journal chose the third, THE KILLING STORM, as one of the best books of 2010. Casey’s protagonist is a Texas Ranger/profiler headquartered in Company A, Houston. Kathryn Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network, Court TV, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! Network, TruTv, Investigation Discovery, and A&E, and Ann Rule calls Casey “one of the best in the true crime genre.”