A Child Shall Lead Them (A Joe Burgess Mystery, Book 6)

A Child Shall Lead Them (A Joe Burgess Mystery, Book 6)

by Kate Flora

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A Girl's Mutilated Body is Found on a Portland, Maine Hiking Trail in A Child Shall Lead Them, a Murder Mystery Thriller by Kate Flora

--Portland, Maine--

When a jogger discovers the brutalized body of a young girl along a park trail, the ever cranky and relentless, Detective Joe Burgess catches the case.

With the body lacking head and hands, Burgess and his team face complex challenges as they follow a confusing trail leading to human traffickers exploiting children coming to America as asylum seekers.

As Joe and his team race the clock to identify the dead girl in time to save other victims, Joe's own niece falls into the hands of the sex traffickers. For detectives hell-bent on finding a killer and busting a trafficking ring . . . it just got personal.

Publisher's Note: While this story deals with the harsh reality of sexual slavery and child pornography, there are no explicit scenes and only mild vulgarity. The story emphasizes the personal and professional struggles of those investigating the crime.

Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction

"Flora pours on the intensity in this criminal, legal and moral maze." ~Kirkus Reviews

"Flora writes cops so convincingly it's hard to imagine she's never worn the badge herself." ~Bruce Robert Coffin, author of Among the Shadows

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644570432
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: The Joe Burgess Mystery Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 2,778
File size: 699 KB

About the Author

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. The author of nineteen books and more than twenty short stories, Flora’s been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Her latest fiction is Schooled in Death, her 9th Thea Kozak mystery. Her latest nonfiction is Shots Fired: The misconceptions, misunderstandings, and myths about police shootings with retired Portland Assistant Chief Joseph K. Loughlin. Flora divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine, and between cooking and gardening and obsessive writing.

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A Child Shall Lead Them (A Joe Burgess Mystery, Book 6) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Wonderful and easy flowing read Finished in two days
Anonymous 5 months ago
Kate Flora warned me that A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM is dark, but I was already hooked by then, and as my hero, Joe Burgess, said, all homicides are dark. I was trying to figure out why I could stand the gritty parts of this (book club friends knew to warn me away from some books). I believe it's because I trust Joe to prevail and to keep sight of the human side of life. Hurt little children need ice cream, and with the sweetness that is their nature, they also offer ice cream to adults they care for. The answer is also in the writing, the focus on the good guys, their promise of justice, their hard work, the attempt to balance horrific work with the warmth and happy chaos of domestic life. That weary “hopeless dinosaur” feeling that had him thinking of retirement reminded me of teachers in May. “My Joe” needs some rest, a vacation, time to recharge for the next battle. Please, Kate Flora, may we have another? Addendum: the subplot with the spoiled, distracted driver of the little sports car may well save lives, and Joe’s sternness when called for and gentle comfort when appropriate raised him even further in my estimation.
paytonpuppy 7 months ago
Detective Joe Burgess and his partners, Terry Kyle and Stan Perry investigate the body of a young girl found dumped in a park. Joe is an older cop and is beginning to wonder if it is time for him to move on, while his partners value the experience he brings to each case. The investigation will soon encompass the exploitation of young girls coming to the United States seeking asylum and the criminals that feed off of their desperation. In my opinion, if you are looking for a well-rounded mystery detailing the gritty and daily time-consuming work of detectives pursuing and following the evidence, then the Joe Burgess series is a must read. Characters that don’t give up, sometimes hardened by what they see each day, but compassionate in remembering that they are to “serve and protect.” I did not receive this book in order to review, but I read and enjoy every book written by Kate Flora (I highly recommend her Thea Kozak series as well). (by paytonpuppy)
Linda McKay 7 months ago
A Child Shall Lead Them opens with the discovery of the beaten, tortured, headless and mutilated body of a young girl, discarded in a wooded park. Detective Sgt. Joe Burgess leads the team trying to learn the identities of the child and her murderers. Painstaking police work leads to another horrific scene — 5 more naked, hungry and abused little girls, chained in a bare basement room and a storage shed, on the brink of death, victims of sex trafficking of undocumented immigrant children. The book portrays the mind-numbing horror of police work, their constant urgency, frustration and depression as the case plods along, the dangers they face, and the toll the job takes on their minds, health and families. Unlike many suspense books that simultaneously switch from the viewpoint of the cops and the perpetrators, each advance in this investigation is revealed to the police and the reader simultaneously. The suspense builds and builds, to a dramatic closure. I couldn’t stop reading, and I recommend the book to anyone who appreciates gritty police facing the worst kind of criminals. I received this book free from ebook discovery. This is my voluntary and honest review.