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This is book number 15 in the Kate Burkholder series.
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder investigates the brutal death of a young Amish man in An Evil Heart, the latest installment of the bestselling series by Linda Castillo.
On a crisp autumn day in Painters Mill, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder responds to a call only to discover an Amish man who has been violently killed with a crossbow, his body abandoned on a dirt road. Aden Karn was just twenty years old, well liked, and from an upstanding Amish family. Who would commit such a heinous crime against a young man whose life was just beginning?
The more Kate gets to know his devastated family and the people—both English and Amish—who loved him, the more determined she becomes to solve the case. Aden Karn was funny and hardworking and looking forward to marrying his sweet fiancé, Emily. All the while, Kate’s own wedding day to Tomasetti draws near...
But as she delves into Karn’s past, Kate begins to hear whispers about a dark side. What if Aden Karn wasn’t the wholesome young man everyone admired? Is it possible the rumors are a cruel campaign to blame the victim? Kate pursues every lead with a vengeance, sensing an unspeakable secret no one will broach.
The case spirals out of control when a young Amish woman comes forward with a horrific story that pits Kate against a dangerous and unexpected opponent. When the awful truth is finally uncovered, Kate comes face to face with the terrible consequences of a life lived in all the dark places.
Praise for An Evil Heart:
"Skillful storytelling... An Evil Heart proves this is a series that continues to soar." —Oline Cogdill, Shelf Awarness, starred review
“Characters you care about and a cleareyed look at their unique culture make this series the best of the Amish bunch.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Castillo’s punchy prose and well-developed characters keep the pages turning... Series fans will be eager for the next entry." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Kate Burkholder novels:
“Electrifying.” —Publishers Weekly
"A captivating story by a gifted storyteller." —The Washington Book Review
"An atmospheric thriller about fear, revenge, and the dark side of Amish life...Linda Castillo is a true master of suspenseful police procedurals." —Bustle
“Exquisitely plotted…a standout in a stellar series.”—Associated Press
“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)
“Thrilling...Castillo skillfully sets each scene, compelling readers to fear the raging stream, sense the tension in a room.” —Publishers Weekly