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)
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I started this series because my usual favorite authors had nothing new for me to buy. So I gave it gamble and I am so glad that I did. I must have more. I just downloaded the third and fourth book in the series. I can hardly wait to start listening.
This is an old book, published in 1999. Don't let that stop you, it is a good mystery. If you like mystery novels you will like this series.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I didn't think there could be a better series of rural life mysteries than those written of Sherif Walt Longmire by Craig Johnson. If this "Iron Lake" series continues to be as excellent as the first 2 in the series I'm going to revise my opinion.
Johnsons characters are well written and character development is excellent, however Krueger also draws his story arcs with subtleness and excitement that narrator David Chandler interprets with style. Many male narrators-Dick Hill comes quickly to mind here-have little ability to give a woman's voice a sense of realism. Chandlers smooth delivery is well tempered and without the constant sense of unrealistic hyper excitement that Hill seems to give every story.
I've just purchased several more of this nicely long series and I do believe it's on its way to becoming a true favorite for me.
Start with the first in the series-it builds nicely and though you can read these as stand alone, a real richness seems to develop with each episode. Maybe they will make a TV series out of these books as they did with Longmire...one can hope.
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As usual, I recommend that you read the publisher's summary. Often there is more information than I would give: I really try not to write spoilers.
This is a mystery with murders and murderers literally coming out of the woods. I find it interesting that Cork O'Connor, no longer in law enforcement, is the "go to" guy for every agency and mercenary in his area. This story has twists and turns that kept me guessing until near the end. Also, new inforrmation is added about Cork's personal life, the Indian reservation, and the casino. This book seems to pick up where the last one left off, but it can easily stand alone.
David Chandler's narration includes voices for the different characters and he remains consistent with his portrayals. This is a good performance.
no, two is enough.
The story line itself could have been very interesting but so much of it was predictable.
George Guidall would have been wonderful!!
not try anymore of the books in this series...
I travel a great deal and I listen to audiobooks so I'm always looking for good series books. I had high hopes for this series but I won't be listening to anymore of them. They were compared to the Longmire books which I love and have listened to twice. Maybe that comparison clouded my review, this book in no way compares to the Longmire series.....
I love books!
The second book in the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger. Listening to the book while sitting here in July with the sweltering desert heat of Arizona, the setting along the Minnesota/Canada border in late October with cold rain, wind, snow, icy cold lake and river water, and I'm sure a spectacular beauty seemed very enticing.
For the story itself, the author has created a protagonist you can't help but like. Part Native American, ever resourceful, driven to do the right thing, Cork is developing into the kind of character you like and respect along with the other characters in the series. Since there are more books in the series you knew in the end it would all turn out well. Still, there was suspense to the story as it unfolded. I know I went through the book in short order, always wanting to get right back to it. And, I'll look forward to the third book in the series.
I like this character and I love the setting. I am also enjoying the development of the characters in Aurora and on the reservations. I especially appreciate that these are complex characters, full of strengths and flaws and good and bad.
In this story, the wilderness plays as big a role as the human characters and I think the author did a brilliant job of "taking us along" as the various characters dealt with the wild lands in which they found themselves.
It's a "rip-snorter" of a story full of complex characters and interesting plot lines and Corcoran is, of course, right in the middle of it.
Just purely good story-telling.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I've never read the print version and now that I've listened to Boundary Waters I don't think that the written version could compare.
I would compare the book The Templar Legacy. The reason being that the group of people who made the team to fight an adversary, came together and used all of their resources to conquer the impossible demons who challenged them to the death.
Louis was my favorite character because even though he was only a child of 10, he didn't cower from participating in the most challenging and dangerous mission in his life. He proved to possess a powerful wisdom that was paramount in their search for Shiloh. His memory was spectacular. Louis was able to guide them along a dangerous, long journey that brought them face to face with further challenges where he stood strong and accepted the role of keeping the leadership role of guiding them them through the Quetico-Superior Wilderness.
Yes I did want to list to this book all in one sitting. However, I did finish in two days.
I will continue with the series. The novels are proving to be a series that contains so much history about the state of Minnesota that I am enthralled and eager to learn more.
I’m thrilled that I’ve found a series that I can use as my go to listen when I am just not finding a book that is speaking to me. After a few clunker audiobooks choices, I decided to head back to Minnesota to the Canadian/American border for another Cork O’Conner story. It turned out to be a perfect decision for gliding back into another one of these series was akin to flopping in my favorite chair with a cup of cocoa. I will be savoring my stash of series because of them.
This second in the series takes place in the Quetico-Superior Wilderness. It was especially enjoyable to catch up on some of the familiar characters that were in the previous novel. The unique characters that were brought in for this novel were a tad too unique. They verged on cheesy, yes, but I am mostly interested on the repeating core characters. A popular singer seeks seclusion in the boundary waters. An increasing amount of people feel the need to find her. When it appears that she is in danger, Cork and associates step in. This novel contained just the right amount of twist and turns and adventure. I enjoy the spiritual undertones and the folklore that doesn’t feel like hullaballoo or nor is it over dished or preached.
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The first few minutes of Boundary Waters (book 2 in Cork series) contained a graphic torture scene which was totally unnecessary for the feeble plot. Unfortunately, most of the book made very little sense. Example, in book 1, Cork and his wife Jo were separated and having affairs but now they "still love each" but don't address their issues.
A beautiful 20 something country music star is hiding out in the wilderness where there are dangerous predators but does not carry weapons or have any emergency plan. When she did stumble across innocent hunters, she didn't warn the men that there was a crazed killer on her trail or ask to borrow gun, knife or ax.
Cork agreed to go into the wilderness after the singer with a group of mostly total strangers, 1 gun and an innocent boy. How could a former sheriff be that gullible and dense? Where was his bullshit detector? The killers were smart and resourceful while the good guys were hopelessly naïve and sometimes just dumb.
The plot had potential to be entertaining; there were moments of suspense & humor but there were too many times when I was rolling my eyes. I guess I expected 40+ people to think more carefully before acting.
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