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"Chief of Police Kate Burkholder's past comes back to haunt her when she receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, he discovered a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Kate arrives at his farm and is shocked to discover the driver is a woman she hasn't seen in ten years: fellow cop Gina Colorosa. Ten years ago, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy, graduating together as rookies with the Columbus Division of Police. But the reunion takes an ominous turn when Kate learns Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she's innocent, that she was framed by corrupt officers who want her gone because she was about to turn them in for wrongdoing. Kate calls upon state agent John Tomasetti for help and with a blizzard bearing down, they delve into the incident. But no one wants to talk about what happened the night Gina allegedly gunned down a fellow cop. Even Tomasetti is stonewalled, his superior telling him in no uncertain terms to back off. With whisperings of corruption and the threat of rogue cops seeking revenge, Kate and Gina hunker down at Adam Lengacher's farm. As Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she's devoted her life"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAS
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 16, 2021

Nice to not have an Amish person be the bad guy for once! A nice change. I really enjoy her books.

Feb 25, 2021

This book was a little different from her others but still a great read. Found out a little more about Kate Burkholder’s past. I love this series.

ArapahoeSarahH Jan 12, 2021

I love the Kate Burkholder series, and found that this novel kept me guessing til the end!

Nov 01, 2020

Another entry in the reliably wonderful Kate Burkholder series. I really liked that this one was quite different - not a straightforward murder mystery like most of the others. We get a lot of Kate's back story here and also more than usual about the Amish culture.

Oct 09, 2020

Different. In the past, when I started reading a Kate Burkholder story.....I would say....ok....it's 11 pm....I'll read one more hour....then at midnight just one more hour.....then reaching for the book as soon as I could in the morning. This one is not like that....I read it for 15 minutes....ho hum....put it aside. I'm not sure I will finish it....It's not terrible.....it just doesn't keep me wondering and waiting for the next surprise or twist.

Sep 22, 2020

I could also say that this was my least favorite Burkholder novel. I found it difficult to like Gina although I could understand Kate helping her. Wouldn't necessarily recommend this one.

Sep 11, 2020

5 stars in my opinion. Interesting insight on living among the Amish. Fast read as it's that good.

Aug 14, 2020

I have read all of the Kate Burkholder mysteries. This one was not a favorite. I prefer detective novels / police procedurals to involve solving a crime, not aiding and abetting a possible criminal friend. Kristi & Abby Taby

Aug 06, 2020

I enjoyed the Amish children in this book, but missed Kate's department of interesting people. Would like more of Tomasetti and Kate's Romance -- hopefully marriage finally.

Aug 05, 2020

"The only time to look down on your neighbor is when you're bending over to help them." We can definitely learn from the Amish.

Outsider is, hands down, one of my very favorite in this series!! I did NOT want to put it down! LOTS of suspense. I so enjoyed reading about Kate's journey to becoming a police officer. It was also fascinating to read more about the Amish and how they exist without power even during a horrific snowstorm.

Linda Castillo is a consistently great writer. As far as I'm concerned the Kate Burkholder series can go on forever!!

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