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Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder 1) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Dezember 2009

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The crime fiction genre is becoming a very crowded one these days, and a writer has to come up with something special to distinguish themselves from hordes of sales-hungry fellow crime practitioners. In a variety of books, Linda Castillo has demonstrated that she has the smarts to rise above many of her rivals, and with her latest book, Sworn to Silence, she demonstrates that her customary skills are still firmly in place.

The setting is a placid Ohio town, Painters Mill, in which two groups of residents manage to rub along together: the religious sect, the Amish, and the ordinary residents of the town, known (in distancing fashion) as the ‘English’. But this is a Linda Castillo novel, and it will come as no surprise to the reader to realise that this peaceful town harbours dark secrets: over 10 years ago, a sequence of savage killings tore the community apart, and had a corollary affect. Youthful Katie Burkholder was a member of the Amish community, but realised that she could not live by its rules and strictures, and that her view of the world was not that of her coreligionists. 15 years have passed, and Katie has now become chief of police. (In fact, this aspect of Castillo's novel already marks it out as different from most of the current entries in the genre; the concept of the female Amish-turned-copper is a truly novel one and puts paid to any uncharitable thoughts that Castillo may have borrowed some ideas from the Harrison Ford film Witness, in which a detective solves a murder in an Amish community.) In Sworn to Silence, the body of a young woman is discovered in a snow-covered field, and it bears a grisly mutilation: numbers have been carved into the stomach of the dead girl. She is the first in a line of victims, and the long maintained peace in the town is soon a distant memory. The best thing about the new book is definitely the characterisation of the conflicted cop Katie Burkholder, struggling with the psychological legacy (and religious indoctrination) of her past while having to deal with a very present danger. It is a highly compelling read, and whets the appetite for the next Linda Castillo novel. --Barry Forshaw


"Romance novelist Castillo, who grew up near Amish country, convincingly switches gears with this debut thriller, balancing chilling suspense and a nuanced portrait of the English-Amish divide. Starring a tough, complicated cop who speaks Pennsylvania Dutch as smoothly as she downs a vodka, Silence is the opening salvo in what promises to be a gripping series.”—People magazine (3 ½ out of 4 stars)

“Lovers of suspense will find no better novel to read this summer than Sworn to Silence, a teeth-chattering debut thriller from romance writer Linda Castillo. . . . This first in a series will delight fans of Chelsea Cain and Thomas Harris . . . compelling characters, excellent plotting and a hair-raising finale.”—USA Today

“Absolutely stunning. . . . A perfectly crafted thriller.” —Lisa Scottoline

“[Castillo] combines the protagonist's Amish background with her tough cop persona so skillfully and with such finesse, that both aspects of her character are totally believable. She also makes police procedure anything but tedious.” —Sandra Brown

“Complicated, haunted protagonists, shocking murders, psychological twists and bizarre crime scenes. . . . Sworn to Silence is a nail-biting series debut.” —Chelsea Cain

“Castillo’s backdrop of Amish Country is so alive and crawling with atmosphere that you'll swear you can hear the snow crunching underfoot. Sworn to Silence packs a healthy dose of twists but it’s Kate’s memorable voice that will leave you wanting to hear more.” —Alex Kava

“Kate Burkholder is the real deal and Sworn to Silence is a vivid, intense, and brutal page-turner of a novel.” —C.J. Box

“With an utterly compelling protagonist, sharp twists and a setting so real you feel it, Castillo doesn’t just hit the ball out of the park, she knocks the skin off the ball.” —John Hart

“This book will keep you up late and follow you into your dreams.” —Brian Freeman

“‘A gun-toting, cursing, former Amish female chief of police’ stars in this excellent first in a new suspense series . . . Adept at creating characters with depth and nuance, Castillo smoothly integrates their backstories into a well-paced plot that illuminates the divide between the Amish and ‘English’ worlds.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Sworn marks Castillo's move from romantic suspense to straight mystery, and judging by this novel, the move is a good one . . . this is very well done. The small-town setting, complicated relationships among the inhabitants, and the strong but battle-scarred protagonist bring Julia Spencer-Fleming's series to mind.” —Library Journal (starred review)


“Castillo’s hardcover debut should come with a warning: Pick up when you have time to finish. Excitement, danger, mystery, a fascinating setting and a conflicted heroine make this a book you won’t put down.” —Romantic Times (Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars)


“Think Harrison Ford in the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers’ Fargo and you have the feel of this brilliant, nail-biting thriller. . . . Very dark, intricate and packed with twists, it literally chokes the breath from your body. It’s that good.” —Daily Mail (UK)


Sworn to Silence promises to be the breakout title for [Castillo]. Katie Burkholder, a character I hope we see much more of in the future, is a great lead with a different background—a former member of a close-knit Amish community who has returned home to become Chief of Police. . . . Fans of Thomas Harris and Chelsea Cain are going to love this one.” —BookBitch.com


Sworn to Silence immediately shot to the very top of my 'Best Books of 2009' list. . . . A 5-star thrilling ride from Linda Castillo that fans have come to expect from this prolific writer.” —ArmchairInterviews.com


“Romance writer Linda Castillo makes a successful move to crime fiction with an evocative and often heartfelt look at Amish society . . . chillingly realistic . . . Set during a bitter Ohio winter, Sworn to Silence will make you forget about any summer heat wave.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“The story moves along at a fast clip, making this tasty little beach read.” —The Herald (Rock Hill, SC)

“There’s a new sheriff in thriller-ville. And her name is Kate Burkholder. . . . The thriller is marked by interesting characters, strong plotting, suspense and gore galore.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Impressive.” —The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)

Sworn to Silence is one of the good ones. . . . fast-paced . . . Linda Castillo is an author to be watched and Sworn to Silence is a book to be enjoyed.” —Mystery News

“The complicated relationships between the Amish and ‘English’ worlds add more drama to this suspense novel. Fast-paced and very well written, it is worth a read.”—The Oklahoman

Sworn to Silence is a gripping thriller whose story will stay with you a long time. . . . Excellent pacing and clue-dropping keep suspense and interest high. Characters are believable . . . and the setting is described so well it feels like you’re there in the snow with Kate. After a certain point, you’ll let supper burn rather than put this book down. For once, the cover hype is right. Highly recommended.”—I Heart a Mystery.com

“Linda Castillo has come up with a story of striking originality . . . Castillo ratchets up the suspense with each page, as Kate is faced with a diabolical murderer, an antagonistic town council member and a dark secret from her past that threatens to derail the investigation. The first in a projected series, Sworn to Silence is filled with blood-chilling storytelling, fair play with clues and arresting prose. But it’s Castillo’s fully fleshed characters that will linger in the reader’s mind, with feisty, flawed -- and ultimately heroic -- Kate foremost among them.”—Richmond Times Dispatch

“[G]ripping and suspenseful.”—Midwest Book Review

“Castillo has created a spell-binding thriller that draws readers in from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last page. There’s no putting this book down . . . What readers will enjoy are the twists and turns along the way, as well as the great heart that Linda Castillo has given to the police department in Painters Mill. Castillo’s characters are tough, yet flawed, chased by their own demons and inadequacies. Still, there’s never a point in this story where readers will not feel sympathy and kinship for this community of people trying to do the right thing. Castillo has created a great heroine in the unlikely Kate Burkholder, who is equal parts tough cop and vulnerable Amish girl, reliving a horrific incident from her past. It seems almost certain that Kate Burkholder will go on to solve other cases and gain a strong readership anxious to follow her every move, if this stunning debut novel is any indication.”—ReviewingTheEvidence.com

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