Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Killing Storm

The Killing Storm

A Mystery

Sarah Armstrong (Volume 3)

Kathryn Casey

Minotaur Books




On a quiet afternoon in the park, four-year-old Joey plays in the sandbox, when a stranger approaches looking for his puppy. While Joey's mom, Crystal, talks on her cell phone, the stranger convinces the child to help search. By the time Crystal turns around, her son has disappeared. Yet her reaction is odd, not what one would expect from a distraught mother. Is Crystal somehow involved in her son's abduction?

Meanwhile, on a ranch outside Houston, Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong assesses a symbol left on the hide of a slaughtered longhorn, a figure that dates back to a forgotten era of sugarcane plantations and slavery. Soon other prizewinning bulls are butchered on the outskirts of the city, each bearing a similar drawing. The investigations converge at the same time a catastrophic hurricane looms in the Gulf. Finally, as dangerous winds and torrential rains pummel the city, Sarah is forced to risk her life to save Joey.


"Have you seen my puppy?" the man asked. They were in the park, a span of thick green with black-trunked oaks and soaring, spindly pines nestled among sprawling subdivisions northwest of Houston.
Caught up in an imaginary world, a sandbox...


Praise for The Killing Storm

“[A]suspenseful thriller. Readers waiting patiently for the next J.A. Jance mystery will want to try this exciting read. ” —Library Journal (starrred review)

“Pulse-pounding action.” —Kirkus Reviews

“...the best in the series to date.” —Publishers Weekly

“Solid crime fiction with a real feel for the humanity of the characters.” —Booklist

“Every now and then a book takes me by surprise. I go into it with expectations and have them dashed and replaced with something else. Opening THE KILLING STORM I was expecting a fast paced book about a detective. What I got was so much more. I finished reading this book and felt tired. Casey did such a great job keeping the tension building it just wore me out! Damn, this is a great book.” —Crimespree Magazine

“This heart wrenching story will keep you engrossed until the last page and is a must read!” —Suspense Magazine

“A terrific thriller. Intense, suspenseful, and frightening enough to have you looking over your shoulder. Texas Criminal Profiler Sarah Armstrong is a fabulous character to spend time with.” —JA Konrath, author of Cherry Bomb

“Kathryn Casey has created a vivid, original character in Sarah Armstrong, and The Killing Storm is more scorching than Texas in July. This is one of the most unique and enjoyable mystery series to come along in quite some time.” —Jason Pinter, author of The Mark and The Darkness

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Kathryn Casey

KATHRYN CASEY is a former magazine reporter, and the author of five true crime books and two mysteries. She lives in Houston with her husband.

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