Title: Down A Dark Road
Author: Linda Castillo
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. 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 unfolds when King shows up with a gun and takes his five children hostage at their Anish 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 didn’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.