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.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
Very similar to the Longmire series this initial novel in the Iron Lake series by Wm Krueger has much of the rustic and rural outdoorsman type of story. Set in an isolated town of Aurora Minn. on the boundary between Canada and the US, former sherif Cork O'Connor seems to spend much of his time as a detective for friends and family.
Similar family relationships add a pleasant note to the book though as we are introduced to the family, Cork and wife Jo are separated with new lovers for each of them.
I did find the plot fairly predictable and had figured out the bad guy before the story was half over..but the story is still good and David Chandler is an excellent narrator.
Well worth your credit and time, I suspect I'll end up with the entire series of audible books on my iPad, just as I have all the Walt Longmire ones.
His narration was good.
Kept waiting for this book to take off but after nearing the end of Part 1, I realized it just wasn't going to. Too many words, too many superfluous situations and not enough action. One of the most boring books I've run into in a long time.
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."
wish there was some way to find out before purchase if the story must resort to sex to complete the plot.
I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. 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.
I read so I can write
Excellent well written mystery thriller. I'm not quite as dumb as Jo so I figured it out long before she did, but she was rather distracted. The hero of this series isn't your typical dashing, daring, unbelievable character, but rather just a normal guy with normal guy faults and strengths. That makes him perfect for this series. I look forward to more.
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.
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.