• A Warrant to Kill

  • A True Story of Obsession, Lies, and a Killer Cop
  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Melanie Haynes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (122 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She tried to tell her friends. She even went to the police. No one would believe her - and now she was dead.

Problems had always followed Susan White, but when she remarried and moved to Houston's posh suburbs, she thought the past was behind her - until she met a deputy sheriff named Kent McGowen who would soon become her worst nightmare.

McGowen was an aggressive cop with a spotty record. When Susan rebuffed his advances, she claimed he stalked and harassed her, using her troubled teenage son as bait. And then, in an act of arrogance and revenge, he made good on his threats, setting her up for the kill.

In A Warrant to Kill, Kathryn Casey meticulously pieces together the tragic shards of the case to create a riveting story of vengeance, fear, and justice - of the terrifying power a badge can have in the wrong hands.

©2000 Kathryn Casey (P)2013 Kathryn Casey

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Really well written

From a clinical background I really enjoyed the information on the characters’ backgrounds. It gave depth to the characters. This was the first book that I read from this author and I would definitely get another one. As with most narrators after an hour or two of listening I barely notice their voices anymore. I did not have any immediate negative reactions to this narrator.

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ACAB

Kent McGowen is exactly where he belongs. My only regret is that he didn’t get life without parole. Susan wasn’t perfect but she didn’t deserve to be cut down by a piece of crap like McGowen.

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Great book but seems to be missing parts

I’ve read the book and the audiobook version seems to be missing parts of the story. Still enjoyed it and would recommend though.

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Great book and narration.

Very good True Crime book, though I was annoyed by things that were left out of the trial. I come from a law background, so I understood that victim statements were hearsay, but it was still infuriating that it works like this in cases where there is harassment and stalking. It was evident that the judge was pro-defense. That made me angry as well. This is one of the craziest murders and I was thankful there was some justice at the end.

Kathryn Casey has become one of my favorite true crime authors. This is the 4th book I’ve read of hers. The narrator was amazing. Excellent audio book experience.

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Hard to listen to the story because of how much the mother enabled her son. She made so many excuses for him. Also she called him her baby boy, yuck. He’s a 17 year old punk. I feel bad for Susan, no one deserves what happened to her. And that McGowan is an evil creep. Thankfully he was found guilty.

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Some Unanswered Questions

Overall I liked this book but I wish we had more background on that lunatic who somehow got to wear a badge.

For starters- why did he hate women so much?

I found it interesting that McGowen appears to have been parented in much the same way as Susan's son ( my son can do no wrong ). Whenever I see this situation it appears that while they think it's about the child it's really about the parents. Maybe to admit your kid isn't perfect shows something lacking in you? I don't know. But it's weird thinking. Kids never benefit from having no accountability.

I got so frustrated by Susan's lack of proper parenting and the smugness of this cop. I wanted to slap him throughout the book.

What a sad story though. This murder should never have happened. Susan may have had her issues but certainly nothing that she had to die for.

Narrator was great.

I was given this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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Unnerving!

Well-written from different points of view to culminate in the total picture of the crime.
Hats off to all of the honest police that put their lives on the line for us.

Melanie Haynes did a good job narrating.

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

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An overall good read

This book was very well written, and the storyline was very impressive how detailed the author was. The narration was a little hard to understand because the voices sounded similar, but I would say even though this genre is not what I usually read. I did enjoy this book.

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A amazing true story about a killer cop. A cop is supposed to help us not kill us.

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Found this book boring

Didn’t care much for this book. I think the narrator wasn’t great. I’ve read other Casey books and enjoyed them.

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  • 02-24-22

Boring narrator shame as it is good read.

Read the book and loved it. Narrator is too droll. Very mono syllable noted

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  • 06-05-16

Enjoyed

Really enjoyed this book narration good story good. Overall very good will look for another Kathryn Casey