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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!
Not a total bust but I purchased this after reading so many positive reviews but found that it lacked the excitement and intensity I was hoping for. The story lagged and moved along slowly at times. The mystery was there and the Indian lore woven in was interesting which were the greatest factors in keeping me in this novel. David Chandler gave a great voice to Cork, nice work there. Don't rule this one out, it just takes a little to warm up to.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
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.
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Good mystery. I liked the characters. As it is with mysteries, I can't say too much like many thoughtless reviewers. It's worth your time. I put the second in series in my wish list.
Maybe - in several years. I don't usually re-read books.
It was a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's difficult to choose a standout.
No. This is the first time I have heard him read, and he is absolutely perfect for the book.
I have read primarily mysteries since my first Nancy Drew a long time ago, so I'm suspicious when starting a new author. It's a good thing I'm retired, because my eyes are bleary from trying to read the book in one sitting. I'll be reading the series til the end. Living in Minnesota, and being married to a man who grew up in O'Connor's territory (his family still lives there) there was the familiarity of home. Although "home" has never been as threatening.
I have been looking for a new series, and may have found it with William Kent Krueger's first Cork O'Connor book. The story is strong, and the prose terse and quiet in their descriptions of the Native American culture, and the narrator does an excellent job. But the thing that sold me was the characters -- they emerge fully formed, complex and interesting. I never expect that in a first book. I am off to purchase book #2 now....
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.
I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.
His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.
The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.
David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.
Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".
This is very much like the Longmire series and Hillerman.
Once you start you cant stop. They are very addictive. I love the inclusion of the Ojibwe Indians. I look for this in many stories. I love these stories!!! I sure hope he will write more.