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Corruption's Child
J.R. Lindermuth
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Retired police chief Daniel ‘Sticks’ Hetrick, still serving as unofficial consultant to his less experienced successor, has another murder to deal with in rural Swatara Creek, Pennsylvania. It soon develops the death of a local waitress is not the only trouble in the township. An elderly man has been seriously injured in the latest of a string of burglaries from the Amish, the burglaries may have a connection to unscrupulous antique dealers, there are items missing from the police department evidence room and rumors are circulating of drug dealing. What—if anything—does all this have in common? Could it be the strange Amish girl who may, or may not be, Flora Vastine’s new friend?

Three things sixteen-year-old Kevin Drumheiser always wanted to see—a naked woman, a big wad of money and a crime scene.

On the morning of Saturday, January 14, as he crossed the elementary school playground in Swatara Creek, shards of sleet stinging his face as he walked, absorbed with his Gameboy and not watching his step, the boy got his wish for all three. The woman lay sprawled on her back in a field of fresh snow and Kevin stumbled over her. Looking down and seeing what had tripped him, the boy lost his breakfast. Stumbling back with his mouth gaping open, he spied the bank bag, bills spilling out of it across the snow. Twenties and fifties. More money than Kevin had seen in his life.

If he’d paid her more attention, Kevin would have noticed the woman was young with long, lustrous red hair; big blue eyes that were open and staring vacantly up at a sky bleached of color by the weather. She had pert, pink-tipped breasts, a caesarian scar on her flat stomach and a Coke bottle was shoved into her vagina.

But Kevin wasn’t looking at any of it now. He was bent over, eyes squeezed shut, hands on his knees, retching dry heaves, wishing he’d come another route to his friend’s house.

It was a bitterly cold morning, the air stinging his ears and nose. A crow cawed back in the woods and Kevin jumped. His breath came out of his mouth in wispy plumes and steam rose from his vomit in the snow. His footsteps squeaked in the dry snow as he moved back from the corpse.

Kevin’s father was a cop and he’d told the boy he’d only seen one crime scene dead body in his career. “It’s not something you want to see,” Fred Drumheiser had said, “believe me, son. It isn’t.” Kevin thought that pathetic at the time. Now he understood.

He wished to hell he’d gone another way to Tommy’s house.

“Kevin stumbled onto a murdered woman and a wad of cash. Amos reported a rash of thefts in the Mennonite community. Corruptions Child has an interesting plot. The police are searching for a murderer and a thief. The intrigue goes much deeper, keeping the air of mystery at the forefront of this mystery.
Twists and turns will keep readers on the edge of their seat.” Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com


"While billed as a 'Sticks' Hetrick novel, in fact, there is an ensemble cast of recurring characters. The author draws the reader into their day to day lives as the characters interact with one another and, at the same time, try their best to do their job of dealing with the unsavory underbelly of peaceful small town and rural America." - Douglas Quinn, author-editor-reviewer


“Talented author John Lindermuth has crafted a clever and very new plot for the fan of mysteries and suspense. Guaranteed to keep you reading, matching wits with Sticks as the story unfolds. Look out for icy roads as you search for red herrings and follow willingly down those false trails with the police. You'll love the lifelike characters with their realistic motivations, good guys and the baddies. Set in a small town in Pennsylvania, the author has captured the small town flavor all through the story, and if you're from a small town, it's like going home again. The characters are neighbors and old friends you'll enjoy renewing an acquaintance with. I'm happy to highly recommend this tale as a fun read anyone will enjoy. I know I sure did.” - Anne K. Edwards, Mysteryfiction.net


"I enjoyed reading Corruption's Child. There was good character development and it was an interesting peek into the Amish community. Most readers of a good mystery will appreciate and enjoy Corruption's Child." Sabrina Sumsion, www.premierbookreviews.com

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ISBN: 1603132198
ISBN(13-digit): 9781603132190
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 246
Paper Weight (lb): 10.4

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