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. Read more...
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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."
- ISBN-13: 9780452298194
- ISBN-10: 0452298199
- Publisher: Plume Books
- Publish Date: May 2013
- Page Count: 240
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Amish-Country Mysteries (Plume)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-01
- Reviewer: Staff
In Gaus’s fine eighth novel set in the area of northeast Ohio where a large concentration of Amish and Mennonite families live (after 2011’s Harmless as Doves), coexisting more or less peacefully with their “Yankee” neighbors, the murder of Ruth Zook, who recently returned home to Ohio from Florida with a heavy suitcase, leads hard-driving Sheriff Bruce Robertson to discover that young Amish women have been coerced into transporting cocaine from the Sunshine State. Even though the police are distrusted by the people they’re trying to protect, the sheriff’s department attempts to track down the drug ring operating in rural Holmes County. Meanwhile, Pastor Cal Troyer, the minister for an independent church, tries to repair the human damage the crimes have caused. Readers won’t find snappy patter, brilliant deduction, or violent melodrama—just a record of serious, stubborn people plodding along, doing the best they can to heal their community. Agent: Jenny Bent, the Bent Agency. (June)