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)
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.
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.
Boundaary Waters ranks very high. I've ether read or listened to several of Kruger's books and they are all very good. I can't wait to get the rest of his series.
He is one writer that I never have figured out the ending until sometimes the last chaper.
No, I'm sorry to say, as he is a great reader
I would liked to have read it all at once, but time would'nt allow it.
If anyone wants to listen to (or read) a great book Mr. Kruger is a great story writer.
I enjoyed this book greatly. I will be listening to both the first and third books in the trilogy. One complaint: the narrator REALLY needs to work on southern accents. The guy who is supposed to be from Arkansas sounds like he is from over around northern Florida and may have early throat cancer. A true Ozarkian accent or even Cajun flavor would have made this key character more believable. ITs really not that difficult.
This is very similar to Vanishing Act, by Thomas Perry, but is not as good, and since this was published after Vanishing Act it makes one wonder if Krueger read Vanishing Act and said to himself, "I could write a story like that."
It's an interesting question: Woman with Indian heritage goes into American/Canadian wilderness with bad people after her and wins: Indian lore and beliefs save her from death. Do you believe in coincidence? Something smells fishy in Denmark. This is just a little bit better than a "2", but just barely.
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I am so happy to have discovered this mystery series at Audible. This second book in the series was as much or more interesting than the first. Great characters in a powerful and fascinating story. I look forward to listening to more books from this excellent author.
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