Every time I thought I'd figured out what was going to happen he throws in another curve. It kept me thinking and I like that.
Cork, without a doubt is my favorite character. Flawed, vulnerable but tenacious to a fault; I couldn't help but like him and, to some extent, identify with him.
Not a fan of Cork's wife but it's easy to feel antagonistic to her.
I'll be reading the rest of the series as long as they are as good as Iron Lake.
Just stumbled across this series while looking for a good mystery. I gave it a try and really enjoyed it. The narration was done well. He did sound like John Wayne to me a couple of times. It kept my attention, and I plan to listen to the next one. The main character, Cork, was believable and someone that was easy to like.
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.
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."
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.
I love James Lee Burke, that is what first got my attention. I am also a big fan of series in books. Great story with a great performance. I am also from Minnesota with family in Duluth, so that is another "hook". Well worth the credit.
Kept my interest through out the whole book
Great voice's, brought the book to life
Krueger writes a book with a very flawed protagonist and realistic people. I will enjoy his other works because I feel he is a very good writer with a very original presentation.
wish there was some way to find out before purchase if the story must resort to sex to complete the plot.
I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.
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 .
the end did become predictable but not until almost completely through the story. Very understandable family conflict. It had some realistic characterizations. The story was a fun read.