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**AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER (July 2017)**
In Down a Dark Road, the electrifying new thriller in Linda Castillo's New York Times bestselling series, a convicted murderer is on the run and Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must catch him before he strikes again.
"Murder in Amish country has a certain added frisson, and Castillo’s the master of the genre.” —People magazine
“Castillo weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Two years ago, Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a “fallen” Amish man and a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.
News of a murderer on the loose travels like wildfire, putting Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team of officers on edge. But this is personal for Kate. She grew up with Joseph King. As a thirteen year old Amish girl, she’d worshipped the ground he walked on. She never could have imagined the nightmare scenario that becomes reality when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children hostage at their Amish uncle’s farm. Armed and desperate, he has nothing left to lose.
Fearing for the safety of the children, Kate makes contact with King only to find herself trapped with a killer. Or is he? All King asks of her is to help him prove his innocence—and he releases her unharmed. Kate is skeptical, but when the facts and the evidence don’t align, she begins to wonder who she should trust. Spurned by some of her fellow cops, she embarks on her own investigation only to unearth an unspeakable secret—and someone who is willing to commit murder to keep it buried.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Linda Castillo’s ex-Amish detective, Chief Kate Burkholder, is an intriguing figure not just due to her roots in the insular religious sect. We’ve always been drawn to the heroine's persistence and dedication to pursuing justice as the sole female officer in a region dominated by hardheaded men. The ninth book in the series set in the Amish country of northeastern Ohio, Down a Dark Road revolves around a cold murder case where the primary suspect happens to be Kate’s closest childhood friend. The investigator makes it her mission to clear him, unraveling years of lies and cover-ups. Castillo’s prose is as funny, direct, and sharp as her heroine.
Joseph King, whose plight is the focus of bestseller Castillo's thrilling ninth novel featuring Painters Mill, Ohio, police chief Kate Burkholder (after 2016's Among the Wicked), has escaped from prison, two years after he was convicted of shooting his wife dead. Bulletins go out that he may return to Painters Mill, where his children are living with relatives. Kate knows all the evidence pointed to King as a vicious murderer, but she remembers him as the caring, toothy-grinned boy on whom she once had a crush. When an angry, brooding King shows up in Painters Mill, he swears that he didn't kill his wife and implores Kate to prove his innocence. In short order, there emerge a surprise witness, startling villains, crucial mistakes on Kate's part, and enough violence to shatter the town's rural tranquility. Kate's true love, John Tomasetti, an agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, has her back as always, and Castillo skillfully sets each scene, compelling readers to fear the raging stream, sense the tension in a room, and yes, even smell the manure. Author tour.