Broken English by P. L. Gaus

By P. L. Gaus

The peaceable city of Millersburg, Ohio, within the center of Ohio's Amish state, is rocked by means of the vicious homicide of 1 of its voters by the hands of an ex-convict. while an area reporter masking the tale finally ends up lifeless to boot, with the convict already at the back of bars, suspicion falls on David Hawkins, father of the 1st sufferer. yet Hawkins is nowhere to be came upon, now not even one of the protecting Amish colony that had taken him in as one in every of its personal despite his shadowy earlier. Following at the serious and renowned luck of his first ebook, secret author P. L. Gaus back brings us an ethical and felony conundrum as Professor Michael Branden, Sheriff Bruce Robertson, and Pastor Cal Troyer got down to discover the fact that turns out so elusive of their differently quiet nook of the realm. alongside the way in which, Gaus paints a special portrait of the connection among the Amish and the "English" cultures as obvious from the interior. by contrast backdrop, damaged English is a story of honor, deception, and revenge, the place situations and the quest for justice attempt the mettle of the nearest of acquaintances and demonstrate the determined measures of the most powerful of foes.

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For the second day in a row, the sun was out strong in an astonishing aqua sky. Dick Goddard on Cleveland radio had read the pattern of winds aloft, and was calling for a clear and windless day, highs in the upper seventies. After several miles, the Brandens turned onto a small gravel lane that disappeared into a stand of timber near a wooded stream. The road meandered with the stream and then carried them over the water on a bridge of wooden planks. As the stream fell away into a long valley of Amish farms to their left, the Brandens skirted high on the right, along the west rim.

The thick orange fly line laid itself out straight, and the clear leader followed softly. At the end of the thin leader, the popper settled delicately onto the water and lay motionless. Cal held it there, about a foot off the bank ahead of him, and then, after a suitable spell, he gave the line the slightest of taps, and the popper’s rubber legs twitched. Almost immediately, there came a surge under the lure. The line disappeared, and Cal lifted the rod to twelve o’clock to set the hook. The line shot down into the water, came up directly, and darted erratically left and right several times.

And she admitted to herself, as she stood next to Branden, that the night at the jail had produced a crisis for Hawkins, a crisis of faith that 45 would test David Hawkins to the breaking point. The words that the murderer had spoken to him had hit like a hammer against an anvil and threatened to pound David Hawkins out of her life. To shatter the new faith that he had found. She knew it, now, with a clear and consuming certainty. The words and deeds of the murderer of his daughter could push David Hawkins out of her reach forever.

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