Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo is the first I've read in this series featuring Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police of Painters Mill, Ohio in the midst of Amish country. Why has it taken me so long to discover this series?
Kate left the Amish community, but her personal knowledge of the people and their customs makes her remarkably suited to her role in law enforcement in an area where the Amish live and flourish.
When Joseph King, sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife, escapes--Kate finds herself troubled my memories of the boy Joseph was and their childhood friendship. Joseph always denied killing his wife, but few believed him, certainly not the jury that convicted him.
Joseph kidnaps his five children, and in an effort to talk him down, Kate discovers that she has some serious questions about whether or not Joseph killed his wife. When the Swat team kills Joseph, Kate decides that she needs answers to her questions about Joseph's guilt and begins to dig into the events of eight years ago.
An absorbing book for several reasons including a well-crafted plot populated with interesting and well-drawn characters. I will enjoy going back to pick up previous books in this series!
Read in April; blog post scheduled for June 18
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books
Police Procedural. July 11, 2017. Print version: 320 pages.