by Castillo, Linda

"Linda Castillo follows her instant New York Times bestseller, Shamed, with Outsider, an electrifying thriller about a woman on the run hiding among the Amish. 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"-

LINDA CASTILLO is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including Sworn to Silence, which was adapted into a Lifetime Original Movie starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder. She has received numerous industry awards including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the RITA. In addition to writing, Castillo's other passion is horses. She lives in Texas with her husband.

*Starred Review* Gina Colorosa was like a sister to Kate Burkholder after Kate had left her Amish family permanently. Gina gave help and encouragement as the two of them entered police work, until Gina's bad decisions as a rookie cop caused a rift in their relationship. Now Gina, in mortal danger from her colleagues in the Columbus, Ohio, vice unit because of what she knows, reaches out to Kate, police chief in the small town of Painters Mill, in the midst of a massive blizzard. Gina is hiding in the home of Amish farmer Adam Lengacher, and Kate is unsure about what to believe of Gina's account of the activities of her corrupt police unit, prompting Kate to call on her significant other, John Tomasetti, an agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, for advice. As weather conditions worsen and the Columbus police launch a search for Gina, Kate worries about the Lengacher family's involvement and Gina's probable future; then things turn deadly. This twelfth entry in the best-selling Burkholder series is another fast-paced, suspense-building ride, showing the character development and sensitivity to the Amish culture that mark Castillo's masterful crime fiction. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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