© William Kent Krueger; (P)2007 Recorded Books
Cork O'Conner is now the ex-sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, but when a young high school girl goes missing one New Year's Eve, and shows up dead in a snow mobile crash in the spring thaw, Cork finds himself in the center of the investigation. A young "bad boy" Ojibwa, Solemn, seems to be the most likely suspect for his former girlfriend's murder. Cork believes he's innocent, and besides Cork has a soft spot for the boy because of his connection to the Ojibwa man who basically raised Cork.
The new sheriff, and much of the towns folks would just as soon convict the "Indian" and close the case. Things get more complicated when Solemn claims to has seen and heard Jesus speak to him. Then miracles begin happening in the town, and people come from all around to be "healed". Through all these distractions, Cork must sift through all the possible people who might have had cause to kill the girl.
William Kent Kruger develops interesting characters and situations to creat a mystery that is very original. Clues, answers, and surprises develop very naturally within this continuing saga of the O'Conner family and the people of Aurora. This is a colorful and thoroughly interesting series that lines up with the likes of C J Box and Craig Johnson. Krueger is a writer that can take a seemingly simple story and develop intrigue beyond the average writer. I become more engrossed with his writing with each of his books!!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is book number four in the Cork O'Connor series, and so far they have all been excellent. My husband and I have listened to all four together, so they are definitely for both men and women. The twists and turns in this one are REALLY unpredictable . . . we were guessing until the very end . . . The story begins with the murder of a beautiful young high school girl . . . You will find yourself wanting to learn more and more about her and her family . . . and you will grab all that is close to you and treasure it, fear for it, and wonder, "what, who is out there that would hurt a kid?" Some of the reviewers are critical of this book, saying it is overly "religious" . . . I did not find that to be true at all. In fact, since the beginning of the series, ex-sheriff, Cork O'Connor has been pretty much open and honest about his "crisis of faith" since leaving the Catholic church, where he grew up, went to school, and even served as an altar boy. If readers were paying attention, this theme of "examining the heart" has been there all along. The story line has included the church, priests, and a very faithful and grounded sister-in-law, Rose, who lives in the house with Cork and Jo and helps to raise their three kids. The moral compass which has been Cork's guide from day one has been from God . . . a God that is plenty big enough to allow Cork to question His existence . . . I love the inclusion of the spiritual stories of the Indians, who know God on a very personal level . . . so whatever you call God . . . even when you deny His existence, He always brings you around . . . This book in no way "preaches" to anyone. It leaves readers to their own conclusions. It isn't "goody goody" or even full of theology. So if anyone is offended, maybe they should check to see who that voice is that is speaking to them . . . These books are mysteries/thrillers which include all areas of the lives of their characters. To exclude this one area would just be dicing up the story. Can't wait for book five!!!
I might enjoy this if I wanted to read the book, but, to my taste, the narrator lacks the range of expression needed to bring the characters to life and to add depth and coloring to the diverse cast of characters and the extensive paragraphs of natural description, both of which could be strengths of the story if read with feeling and insight. This narrator might be better in the "noir" category. I am not going to finish the recording and will ask for a refund to make a different selection.
I liked the story line. There were plenty of twists and turn in the plot. But the overly forced religious opinion was too much for me and totally ruined the experience of listening to the story. I felt like I was being preached at and manipulated to accept the author's religious views. If all his other books have the same overbearing religious bent, I won't be buying them.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I hung in there until the end of the story, but wanted to quit every time it started getting preachy and so so very spiritual. I thought this was going to be a police procedural, but I saw every turn coming before the twist because Krueger has become predictable with this one.
The narrator, David Chandler, reads these stories, but does not act or perform them. I think I would enjoy the stories more if there were more emotion and expression.
My opinion is that Krueger is a very capable writer. I have enjoyed his previous books, but he lost me with this story in the series. Will I try again? Yes, I will give it one more try in the future.
There are so many aspects of Krueger's writings that make his stories enjoyable. The characters, the story line, etc.
Rose's willingness to help out. I just love Rose's character.
When it finally clicked in Cork's brain who dun it.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I hope that more people give this series a chance. I am so glad that I did.
I hate to give anything away when talking about a book, I think that the fun of reading/listening to a book is the surprise about everything that is inside the cover.
I just know that I am so glad that I gave this series a chance...
I wouldn't mind listening to it again, but I normally don't.
I like all of the characters but I love the calm way Cork deals with everything.
I like his voice and the way he reads the book.
Can't wait to listen to the next one..
I read so I can write
So far this series has kept me excited and interested. His mysteries are always well written and unique. The entire O'Connor family is fully involved in the series and adds good personal interest and background for the mysteries. Cork O'Connor is an imperfect guy who makes a just right hero. Worth the credit
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