Ruth Zook returns home to Holmes County, Ohio, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier heart. Coerced into becoming a drug mule, Ruth retaliates by destroying her illicit burden and pays for it with her life. When Fannie Helmuth confesses that she was similarly coerced, Sheriff Bruce Robertson realizes that the drug dealers' operation reaches all the way to Florida's Pinecraft Amish community. He immediately moves the investigation South, where more innocent lives are in jeopardy.
Like the bestselling books in Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series, The Names of Our Tears is a riveting mystery loaded with the page-turning thrills and suspense that readers love.
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"Starred Review. Once again, Gaus probes the tension between the self-reliance of the Amish world and the urgencies of the English world with depth and sensitivity." - Kirkus
"Gaus' narrative occasionally slows with an overabundance of procedural detail, but series regulars Professor Michael Branden, in Pinecraft, and Pastor Cal Troyer provide comfort and continuity in this eighth Amish-country mystery. Loose ends in the murder case lend realism and augur well for the next installment." - Booklist
"Readers won't find snappy patter, brilliant deduction, or violent melodramajust a record of serious, stubborn people plodding along, doing the best they can to heal their community." - Publishers Weekly
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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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