Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the strong sense of place and season - I could almost feel the clean cold of winter and the purging heat of the sauna - and the clarity and credibility of the various candidates for the "he did it" role.
The central character, Cork O'Connor, an white skinned, red haired man with a native American grandmother that seems to give him a foot in both of the communities of Iron Lake, has the makings of a tragic hero - a committed sheriff, a loving husband, a doting father who falls from grace in every way possible when disaster strikes but who remains a good man, albeit one who cheats on his wife. I could not find my way inside this man's head. He seems to be a talented and tenacious investigator but he is not gifted with insight into his own character or that of his wife. Add to this a willingness to buy into the reality of Windigoes and you have someone I found hard to believe in. He is a pizza with way too many toppings.
The book is well plotted. The twists and turns are satisfying and credible and they kept me guessing (although not always caring)
Unfortunately, Kreuger's women are almost cartoons - young, beautiful, forgiving and doomed or strong, silent, fierce but loving or confident, self-absorbed but still loving. I couldn't imagine any of them as real.
He also slaps on foreboding like plaster on a wall.
The two combined turn the death of one of the women characters into an instrument of emotional manipulation of the reader that I found myself resenting.
Perhaps it was a book of its time (first published 1999), I know the subsequent books of the series won prizes. From me this one only won a "What a pity. That was almost a really good book."
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I stuck with this book. Initially I thought that I got a supernatural type of book, which is not something I can usually enjoy. So after about three starts, (I had to go back to the beginning) I finally paid close attention and followed this very good book. I am invested in the series after just the first book. I have to know more. Now I am starting my third book in the series. I may spend the rest of my credits on this series alone.
This is an old book, published in 1998, but don't let that stop you. Worth your credit and your time.
This was an enjoyable mystery, although it tends to wander a bit and drones on too long about the plight of the Ojibwe tribe and their exploitation by whites, all of which is probably true but for the most part, tangential to the plot. On the other hand, his descriptions of the wilds of Minnesota and its history add to the drama. I understood that this was the first of a series with Cork O'Connor as the protagonist, so however dire his situation appeared to be at any point, I knew somehow he would survive. I liked that he and his wife were multidimensional, having both great strengths and evident weaknesses. Many of their adversaries, however, are more one-dimensional, purely cunning and evil, without any sign of conscience. The female leads are both very beautiful, and sex is always passionate, thrilling, and uncomplicated. The plot is intricate, but fairly predictable, and the ending was, for me, typical of the genre, not at all unexpected. I was rather surprised to learn that Iron Lake won the 1999 Anthony Award for best first novel. The quality of the prose does not compare to that of Louise Penny or Michael Connelly. However, from other reviews, I infer that the writing becomes stronger with time, and note that subsequent books in this series won Anthony Awards for best novel of the year in 2005 & 2006. His latest, Trickster's Point, the twelfth in the series, is currently #12 on the NY Times hardcover best sellers list. So I'd be willing to give a later book in the series a try sometime, but am in no rush to do so. David Chandler was an excellent narrator; I enjoyed listening to him.
Tell us about yourself!
Multiple murders, two missing persons, and a crumbling family keep ex-lawman Cork O'Connor moving. Are the events related to one another? Why does he always seem to be the one to find the bodies? Can he patch up his marriage?
Well done: the characters have depth and the story pace kept me engaged. I will definitely move on to the next book in the series.
Yes, the second book in the series.
A little like the Longmire series except the lead is an ex-sheriff and takes place in Minnesota. He's part Indian and talks about some of the Indian myths and stories. They play a large role. Develops the characters and scenery.
I enjoyed the development of characters, and knowing this is a series made me happy to get to know them all.
Exciting and believable.
Great chases on ice. I can't pick just one and describe it so it won't give too much away.
Yes, kept me awake much later at night than I should have been.
Preparing to read the second book, knowing I won't be disappointed if it is anything like the first.
I read a lot of mysteries and this one was just okay. I paid $4.95 for the privilege of listening to it and that was about what it was worth -- if i'd used a credit or paid full price I would have returned it. The characters are okay but somewhat cliched. I never felt connected to Cork or any of the other main characters (before this I read one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, which I loved). I found the writing a bit stilted and the confrontation scene implausible. Based on the reviews I read here, I had expected something much more compelling. With a good mystery, I can barely stop listening; this one I had to force myself to finish. This author was compared to Tony Hillerman by other reviewers but I don't see that, myself.
No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.
The read was just fine.
It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.
Listen to Audible daily on long commute.
I would recommend this book to a friend if they were looking for a listen that would keep them riveted but not so much they can't drive thru traffic and not miss something.
I am currently listening to book 3..so yes.
I was pretty impressed with the woodland scenes..the suspense while in deep woods was pretty authentic.
People that don't mind a sad ending.
There were no wholes. The characters were good.
The ending was unsatisfying.
The interaction between the main character and Molly.
Sadness and disappointment.