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.
Like many mystery story addicts I enjoy the discovery of an author and a series that are new to me. The small lakeside town of Aurora, Minnesota is peopled with characters that fascinate as soon as they are introduced. The social and political struggles between the native peoples and the townsfolk form a subtext for motivating the characters and moving the plot forward but they do not dominate. As the tale unfolds Cork O'Connor and each of the people who surround him become more complex and carefully drawn. Iron Lake stands alone as a well written novel not just the beginning of a promising series. Krueger tantalizes us with enough detail that I am anxious to revisit O'Connor and Aurora, Minnesota .
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.
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.
William Kent Krueger has nestled his way into my Northern Minnesota heart. He understands the geography, climate, history...but most of all the people. While it is very possible to love these books just because they are a darn good story, I think the conflicts are most real to those of us who know what's north of Duluth.
probably, well you think you know how it's going to end, but it doesn't end that way
Milew-sorry don't know how to spell it--but he is an older indian friend of Cork's, and Cork goes to visit him a few times and they share lucky strikes. Why-because he is a good friend, and seemingly very wise and laid back, but also a man of action when needed.
Near the end of the story, where Cork is in danger of losing his life, and with his only defense a huge knife and an indian legend-fights for his life.
From the two Cork O'Connor stories I've listened to, the focus may be on Cork, but we also get to hear(or read)about Cork's family and friends, as well as the residents of the town of Aurora Minnesota-as well as the Indians living on the reservation nearby.