Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the 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 even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone 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.
American author, and Ohio born, Linda Castillo, chose the thriller genre as the style of her novels. She penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. A bit surprising, Castillo chose Ohio Amish country as the setting for her debut novel, "Sworn to Silence", which began her Kate Burkeholder series. She then added some romance and romantic thriller novels.
Castillo has had thirty books published by three different New York publishing houses. Her books have won her several awards, including the prestigious Rita award. She has also been on the NYT best seller's lists and the USA Today lists as well as recognized internationally.
Castillo enjoys trail riding and barrel racing in her free time. She lives with her husband and pets in Texas.
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