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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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!
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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!
I really, really like this series. I have to confess that I only read these first two books because Audible offered them up as a special to discover new series. I am a native Minnesotan and the tone rings true to life. I love how these are written with obvious deep respect for the Native American culture and people. Cork is a believable protagonist; sometimes I get tired of the hero who is nearly supernatural in his/her looks, abilities, and powers of deduction all the while making poor choices that lead to dramatic scenarios, only to have them narrowly escape and live to continue the chase. While there is plenty of action and he obviously survives for another book in the series, the scenes seem realistic as to what you would expect of Cork. I also appreciate that while the adventures of the first book are alluded to, it is in a general manner and with only the subtle details to make the present understandable. The author does not feel he has to regurgitate the entire story (making you feel that you are coming into the story in the middle) so that if this were the first book you read in the series, you would not feel left out--it is a great stand-alone story. Overall, I am glad I discovered a new series, and look forward to the rest.
I loved the relationship between the young boy and father. It was awesome to see the respect between the two.
He is a really good narrator. I enjoy listening to his take on the characters. He helps make each character more special and memorable.
The story as shared by the young character in the book to honor someone he loved and from whom he learned so much was eloquently written. It was however easy to believe it was his words because of the way his character was developed throughout the book. Loved it.
Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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.
My husband and I listened to the first book in this series (Iron Lake) on a road trip to visit our daughter in New Orleans. Loved it so much, we had to download the second book for the trip back home. This one is also a great mystery, one in which Cork, ex-sheriff is on a hunt for a lost country western singer who has been lured back to her Indian roots. And figuring out who is the bad guys in this story is about as elusive as in the first book. William Kent Krueger does not disappoint. We didn't finish the book on our drive home (just like the first one, on our drive down to New Orleans) . . . so the audio book won out OVER our normal tv shows for the first couple hours after we got home . . .
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
Unlike many mystery series, the main character, Cork O'Connor, is a good decent man without being made into hero or a painfully flawed person. It is likely you will like him a great deal from the beginning. This is the 2nd book in the series, and while I enjoyed this book, this book did not surpass the more traditional mystery story, "Iron Lake", the first book of the series.
I think of this book as more of an adventure story with some thrilling scenes and beautiful, rugged scenery. I found the weaving of Native American history throughout the story to be a real plus as it is very interesting and enhances the place as well as the plot for these stories by Mr. Krueger. Unfortunately, this mystery is somewhat predictable and not as complex as the first book. Still, I will be continuing with the third book and look forward to getting to know Cork better.
The narration for this story was well done by David Chandler.
This is an easy series to get hooked on. Cork O'Conner is an everyday guy with his flaws. An ex sheriff that gets drug into police business, because of his expertise in his field and knowledge of the local people and geography.
This is a suspenseful crime mystery, with a bucket full of intriguing characters. David Chandler brings them to life, with just the right amount of laid back charm, to make them the friends and neighbors you want to know better.
The 'who done it, and why are they doing it?' makes the story an interesting listen, but the background stories of the people makes it worth your time, just to sit back and enjoy.
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