A Prayer for the Night (Amish-Country Mystery Series #5) [NOOK Book]


Book 5 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Three young friends disappear while traveling on their Amish rite of passage, Rumschpringe, or wild days. In a race against the clock, the sheriff must find a murderer and break a ruthless drug ...
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A Prayer for the Night (Amish-Country Mystery Series #5)

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Book 5 of the Amish-Country Mysteries

Three young friends disappear while traveling on their Amish rite of passage, Rumschpringe, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Amish teenagers run wild during Rumschpringe, their time of testing in the outside "English" world, in Gaus's absorbing fifth entry in this powerful series (after 2003's Cast a Blue Shadow). Eighteen-year-old Sara Yoder is torn between a modern culture of drugs, sex, iPods and cell phones and the strict values of her rural Ohio religious community. Tragedy strikes when two fellow teens, distant cousin Abe Yoder and his renegade friend and rival, John Schlabaugh, fail to appear for a secret gathering. Soon after, ruthless drug dealers who prey on na ve Amish youths kidnap Sara. Series regulars Rev. Cal Troyer and Prof. Michael Branden assist Sheriff Bruce Robinson in an intensive search of Holmes County bars, trailer parks, farms and hospitals that highlights the irreparable harm these young people suffer. 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. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In this fifth "Ohio Amish" mystery (after Cast a Blue Shadow), two young Amish men involved in the traditional Amish rite of Rumschpringe, when adolescents are allowed to experience the modern, "English," world, have been missing for a week. The group of teenagers they headed have been seen with some heavy-hitting drug dealers known to prey on Amish kids. Then John Schlabaugh, the group's leader, is found dead in a shallow grave, Sara Yoder is kidnapped, and Abe Yoder is found shot. 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. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Amish teens lose control, even Professor Michael Branden (Cast a Blue Shadow, 2003, etc.) fears he can't save them. Rumschpringe-when Amish youth experience first-hand the temptations of the English world-has long been a mainstay of the community, ensuring that those who commit to Amish life do so willingly and knowingly. But Bishop Irvin Raber wonders whether the tradition has become too dangerous, especially now that young John Schlabaugh's body has been found in an abandoned barn out past Saltillo, near Spits Wallace's ramshackle place, and Sara Yoder, who ran with Schlabaugh's gang, has disappeared. Sheriff Bruce Robertson lets deputy Ricky Niell, Branden, and preacher Cal Troyer, all trusted friends of the Amish, take the lead. But Tony Arnetto of the DEA has other ideas. His agency has been looking for Samuel White's Ecstasy lab to nail down his case against traffickers who may have been using the Amish kids as part of their distribution network, and he won't let a premature raid ruin a case that took months to build-even if the price is Sara's life. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101486214
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Amish-Country Mystery Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 278,984
  • File size: 338 KB

Meet the Author

Retired college professor P. L. GAUS lives with his wife, Madonna, in Wooster, Ohio.
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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    Really like this series

    I don't think the publisher gives enough marketing support to this author which is a shame. This is the second book in the Amish series by this author and I find him a really good writer. I also like how he looks at Amish life in Ohio with respect and factual information rather than just making it up. He portrays their life with sensitivity. If you like reading fiction based around the Amish, I recommend this series. Most of the Amish fiction I've seen revolves around a love story or takes place in the past. These are mysteries in which the main character is not Amish.

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