By P. L. Gaus
Book 1 of the Amish-Country Mysteries
"For greater than a decade, P. L. Gaus has been writing quietly spellbinding mysteries about... the conservative outdated Order Amish of Holmes County, Ohio."—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
within the wooded Amish hill state, a professor at a small collage, an area pastor, and the county sheriff are the one ones one of the mainstream, or "English," who own the instincts and talents to paintings the situations that impression all county citizens, regardless of their code of behavior or non secular creed.
while an Amish boy is abducted, a bishop, apprehensive for the security of his fans, plunges 3 outsiders into the typically closed society of the "Plain Ones."
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The real issue was, and always had been, authority. The willing, dutiful submission of a serene people. Righteousness thereby preserved. The profane world held at bay. The strength of the people was not available merely to individuals. It rested only upon the whole, the Gemei, through hard work, plain living, and obedience. Submission to one another by denial of the individual self. Through sacrifice and, above all, lack of pride. And hadn’t he kept the Gemei pure through a tireless vigil of leadership?
Young people who were wild in their own right, but would have come home, in time, to their places in the faith. He also had a bad influence on young people from other districts. Those who made it to the town bars. I started to get visits from other bishops. “So, for the good of the district and for the sake of the young people, I put the ban on my own son, so that those who knew they would eventually be coming home would not be drawn too much away by his example. My son would have nothing to do with his family, and I cast him out for the sake of the others.
At least he lived with her when he wasn’t in jail. “Then, apparently, he left town altogether. At least we have heard nothing of him since then, up until he left this note. ” “Dead,” the bishop said curtly. Branden waited for an explanation. When it became clear that no further details would be forthcoming, he tried another tack. ” Branden asked. “Thereabouts,” Miller said. ” “Then, for all you know, he just moved out and went away. ” “Not so much my son. It is Jeremiah we seek. ” Urgently, then, as they finished their drive back to the pond, the bishop explained his restrictions.
Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus