Three young friends disappear while traveling on their Amish rite of passage, Rumschpringa, or wild days. In a race against the clock, the sheriff must find a murderer and break a ruthless drug ring operating within the heart of Ohio's Amish Country.
Originally published by Ohio University Press in 2006.
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"Detailed Amish funeral and wedding rites conclude an otherwise taut tale, offering fascinating insights into this closed society's struggle to maintain traditions amid a rapidly changing world." - Publishers Weekly
"Gaus usually writes quiet novels, but this one is harsher than his others, full of suspense, the immediacy of a hostage situation, and in-depth Amish funeral rites." - Library Journal
"Sober and authentic, Gaus's well-paced fifth takes a hard look at the risks the community must take and the compromises it makes to preserve itself in an ever-more-complex world." - Kirkus
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Paul L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio, in 1949, and he has lived in Ohio for most
of his life. He has lived in Wooster, Ohio, for the past 33 years with his
wife Madonna. Paul's extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the
Ohio Amish comes from over thirty years of travel throughout Holmes and surrounding
counties in Ohio, where the world's largest Amish and Mennonite population sprawls
out over the countryside near Millersburg, Wooster, and Sugarcreek.
Paul took an interest in writing fiction in 1993, and with the advice and encouragement of author Tony Hillerman, he began writing mystery novels set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The first of Gaus's mysteries, Blood of the Prodigal, An Ohio ...
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