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The Pact

The Pact

A Kate Burkholder Short Mystery

Kate Burkholder

Linda Castillo

Minotaur Books


In The Pact a gripping Kate Burkholder short mystery from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a terrifying disappearance in Amish country reveals the power of friendship.

Three days before Thanksgiving, two boys disappear without a trace. Eleven-year-old Aaron Kuhns is Amish. Kevin Dennison is twelve and “English.” They’re adventurers, explorers, and inseparable best friends. When they don’t return home from what was supposed to be a fun afternoon of fishing, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must find the missing boys before the first winter storm of the season bears down on Painters Mill.

Praise for The Pact

Praise for the Kate Burkholder mysteries:

“Magnetic.”—People Magazine for A Gathering of Secrets

“Exquisitely plotted…a standout in a stellar series.”—Associated Press for A Gathering of Secrets

“Thrilling...Castillo skillfully sets each scene, compelling readers to fear the raging stream, sense the tension in a room.” —Publishers Weekly for Down a Dark Road

"An atmospheric thriller about fear, revenge, and the dark side of Amish life...Linda Castillo is a true master of suspenseful police procedurals." —Bustle for A Gathering of Secrets

“Castillo weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage.” —Kirkus (starred) for Down a Dark Road

"Murder in Amish country has a certain added frisson, and Castillo’s the master of the genre.” —People Magazine for The Dead Will Tell


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