I know from whence I speak.
This was a surprisingly good book. I think I picked it up in a 3 for 2 credit sale because I am always looking for a new series in this genre. I think I may have found one. Krueger not only tells a good story, he creates and develops interesting characters that should be interesting to follow. Moreover, this is not a "they lived happily thereafter book". I get the feeling nobody, the main character not withstanding, is safe in Krueger's plots. I suppose time will tell if this theme continues as I go through the 13 available books.
From a more critical point of view, Krueger's plot in Iron Lake might have been a bit over extended. There were a lot of characters and sub-plots that didn't add much, if anything, to the story. Are some of them going to play roles in later books? I don't know. But, I'd like to give the author a little slack in the first book in his series and move on to the next one. In my experience, the good authors usually get better with experience (probably because they get better editors who polish the work). I hope that will be the case in later Cork O'Connor stories.
The narrator, David Chandler, did a great job. I almost did notice he was there and I could usually identify the character by the sound of his voice.
In any event, I will purchase the next book in the series right after I submit this review. I suppose that best expresses my feelings toward this one.
Why can't more mystery book authors write stories with feasible and believable endings? This book was enjoyable up until it started to close in on its ending, at which point events in the story line became so improbable that I lost interest.
I aud a lot of books.
I wanted to like this book. I went in with hope and an open mind.
Maybe it was set too close to where I live to suspend disbelief, but I think it was more the fault of the writing. In an attempt to create interesting characters, the story ended up with a lot of tedious, unnecessary filler that did nothing for me or the story. The reader could have minimized that, but instead added to it profoundly.
The conclusion ended up being simultaneously predictable yet wildly unbelievable, if you can imagine that. In fact, that might be this book's only achievement.
Sadly, it didn't have to be that way. There are plenty of examples of excellent detective novels. The author should try reading one.
If you like Joe Picket and Walt Longmire., you'll like Cork O'Connor. Author Kent Krueger does a fine job of introducing a new character that keeps your interest during the story and leaves you wanting more. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire series. David Chandler is a fine orator and I always enjoy his works.
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Do not read this book. Do not let your friends read this book.
The writing is pedestrian and cliche ridden . Plot points were telegraphed far in advance.
The most sympathetic character gets offed and you could see it coming a mile away. I kept checking to see if I had the book at half speed ( it wasn't) because it was so ill paced.
If this was a print book, I wouldn't even leave it in an airport - I would rip it to shreds and toss it.
I couldn't even finish it even though I got 85%through it. I am asking for my money back. I woke up this morning with a sense of dread (instead of my usual exited anticipation) at getting into my truck to hear a book. This book ruined my day.
Very disappointed in loose ends not resolved with family. Some actions do not fit with personalities of characters. Jo was much too intelligent and strong to be as naive as she appeared late in book.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I purchased this book not knowing anything about the author. I was so surprised to discover this book as well written, well read, more twists and turns that I couldn't see coming than I'd ever expected. Don't miss this one is you like good mysteries and suspense.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
After reading Krueger's recent book Ordinary Grace, I was looking forward to reading the first in his Cork O'Connor mystery series. Set in Minnesota, I hadn't realized Native American culture figured so prominently in its rural areas. I also didn't expect someone named Cork O'Connor to be a Native American. In fact, there were a lot of surprises in the book that I found very satisfying...I'll definitely read another!