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Among the Wicked

Among the Wicked, July 2016
Kate Burkholder #8
by Linda Castillo

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Kate Burkholder
320 pages
ISBN: 1250061571
EAN: 9781250061577
Kindle: B019N4X1ZE
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Going undercover in a remote Amish community is Kate Burkholder's most dangerous undertaking."

Fresh Fiction Review

Among the Wicked
Linda Castillo

Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted July 6, 2016

Thriller Crime | Thriller Police Procedural

The death of a 15-year-old Amish girl and rumors of abuse in an isolated Amish settlement near Roaring Springs, in rural, upstate New York, have been brought to the attention of the BCI and New York State Police. Needing an undercover officer who knows the culture, religion and language to infiltrate the settlement, they approach Painter's Mill, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, the only cop who meets all the criteria. Born Amish, but having left the life at 18, Kate knows her religious roots make her the best person to gain acceptance in the remote community. Of course, her lover, State Agent John Tomasetti, strongly objects to this unusual assignment, which has the potential to be very dangerous. Nevertheless, Kate is determined to do what she can to protect the innocents.

Freezing cold in the dead of winter, Kate presents herself as a widow with no family seeking a new life, taking up residence in Roaring Springs with the local sheriff as her only backup. As she slides back into the Amish ways, Kate realizes the past she left behind years ago is still a part of her life. It does not take long for Kate to meet several local women and come to the attention of the charismatic, manipulative, self-ordained Bishop Eli Schrock, who rules with a set of strict edicts for his followers. Her clandestine investigation reveals the bishop's excessive level of control through intimidation, assault, abuse, alcohol and drugs. The situation is much worse than authorities imagined when the undercover plan was formulated. Even after things take a bad turn, Kate is determined to finish the assignment. However, she underestimates the enemy and finds herself fighting for her life.

AMONG THE WICKED is the eighth installment in Linda Castillo's remarkable Kate Burkholder thriller series, one of the best I have ever read. I am always anxiously anticipating the next exciting release. Castillo has established a unique leading character with a complicated background, given her a dangerous job in an unusual setting among an Amish community, then cleverly devised a variety of adrenaline-charged plots, while also providing thought-provoking insights into the Amish culture. Need I say more? Okay, I will! I love this thriller series by the brilliantly talented Linda Castillo, and I recommend it to everyone who loves reading first provoking insights into the Amish culture along with lots of twists and turns.

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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the s sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist o on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish s settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to p penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish a and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel t to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the c community.

Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and ev even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her ba back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing ac accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York wh where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone wi widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone…trapped in a fight for her life.

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1 comment posted.

Re: Going undercover in a remote Amish community is Kate Burkholder's most dangerous undertaking.

Great review. I really want to start this series.
(Angela DeSilva 11:36pm July 6, 2016)

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