Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans.
The Quetico-Superior Wilderness: more than two million acres of forest, white-water rapids, and uncharted islands on the Canadian/American border. Somewhere in the heart of this unforgiving territory, a young woman named Shiloh - a country-western singer at the height of her fame - has disappeared.
Her father arrives in Aurora, Minnesota, to hire former sheriff Cork O'Connor to find his daughter, and Cork joins a search party that includes an ex-con, two FBI agents, and a 10-year-old boy. Others are on Shiloh's trail as well - men hired not just to find her, but to kill her.
As the expedition ventures deeper into the wilderness, strangers descend on Aurora, threatening to spill blood on the town's snowy streets. Meanwhile, out on the Boundary Waters, winter falls hard. Cork's team of searchers loses contact with civilization, and like the brutal winds of a Minnesota blizzard, death - violent and sudden - stalks them.
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“Krueger’s writing, strong and bold yet with the mature mark of restraint, pulls this exciting search-and-rescue mission through with a hard yank.” (Publishers Weekly)
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I found this book to be well written and well narrated. For the plot and characters I find no reason to deduct a star. The same holds true with narration. This is my second book by this author and I liked it equally as well. I'll continue reading her books by adding one to my wish list.
William Kent Krueger is a master story teller, who weaves a wonderful world of complex, fully human characters into difficult, life threatening situations which are thrillimg and mysterious and heart thumping and vivid, all at the same time. I'm hooked. will buy all audio books produced by this author.
Attorney - love to listen to audio books
So far I am really enjoying this series. I love Cork O'Conner. I do not like Jo, his estranged wife. Cork put her through law school. He allowed her sister to move in when his first child was born and she has lived with them since then. Cork supported her too. He supported Jo while she built her law practice. Then what does Jo do? She has an affair (unknown to Cork). At this time Cork was very despondent because he had lost his job as sheriff due to an incident in a standoff with a man with gun (who shot Cork's best friend and mentor). Cork has no clue that Jo is cheating on him. He is sad and has lost his identity. Jo continues with her affair and then asks Cork to leave his home - the home he grew up in with his parents - the home he brought her to after they married along with her sister and Cork and Jo's children. Cork thought he was the bad guy in the marriage and left the house to go live in the back room of a trailer. Now isn't Jo horrible!!! After Jo throws Cork out of his house he begins a relationship with Molly and falls in love with her. She loves him too and it is an intense relationship. Molly dies at the end of the first book. The town people know about Cork and Molly after she dies (is killed) and now they look down on Cork as an irresponsible man who abandoned his family. Jo's relationship with the other man has ended when he is killed because he is a sleazy murdering creep (he killled Molly and some other people). Town people don't ever find out about Jo's affair - Cork did not spill the beans. Everyone blames Cork. I just can't find it in my heart to forgive Jo The author is trying to rehabilitate her in this second book - but so far it hasn't worked for me.The story in this book is very intense. Shiloh, a country and western singer is the child of a native American woman from Aurora (Cork's home town). She is missing up in the wilderness to the north of Aurora. People are out to kill her and they are ruthless killers without mercy. Cork, Shiiloh's father, and an ex con native American and his ten year old son, join up with some FBI agents (maybe?) to try to find her. People are being killed right and left. It is difficult to figure out who and why. Cork is smart but he is not a super hero with uncanny fighting skills - he is much more of a normal man that knows human nature. He is also a determined person and when he decided to do something - he does it. This is a very thrilling story and the narrator is excellent. He tells the story very well and does not get in the way. He is outstanding in his reading/pronunciation of native American language. I really did like this book even better than the first book in the series. I plan to download book number three and continue the saga of Cork O'Conner.
I listened to Iron Lake and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one too, but the "bad guy" was so obvious I found it annoying. The issue wasn't with the plot so much--there was no reason that the characters should have known who was behind the "troubles"; so less of a hole in the plot than just not as much fun to try to figure out who-done-it. Also, a small thing, but I found the vocal inflection the narrator used to introduce chapters annoying. It seemed not to suit a suspense novel.
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This book holds you from the beginning to the end. It has well developed characters and the story rolls along rapidly.
I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, "Iron Lake."
I also liked how the mystery kept me guessing. The setting in Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota was great. I liked the main characters, especially Cork O'Connor.
The plot twists and turns and is a great suspense. I look forward to reading future books by William Kent Krueger. Excellent job by narrator David Chandler!
too late too little
First read ordinary grace. a stand alone novel. Absolutely a 5 star book.
Now I am a fan. characters in the cork series are well developed. sometimes plot is very convenient. You need to relax, suspend reality and have some fun. If you like comfortable, familiar old friends the cork series is up there with the good ones. If you want high literature go read James Joyce (barf)
The Cork character gets better and better in this second book of the series. The narrator helps paint Cork's mindset and builds the understanding for his past.
The characters are believable, interesting, and compelling. The author's eye for Minnesota's Iron Range is perfect. The mystery was compelling. Love it!
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