Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.
Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.
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"Krueger makes Cork a real person beneath his genre garments, mostly by showing him dealing with the needs of his two very different teenage daughters. And the author's deft eye for the details of everyday life brings the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life." (Publishers Weekly)
Enjoy intellectually stimulating mysteries. Dislike story lines use a lot of violence, gun play and highly improbable events.
Why can't more mystery book authors write stories with feasible and believable endings? This book was enjoyable up until it started to close in on its ending, at which point events in the story line became so improbable that I lost interest.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
After reading Krueger's recent book Ordinary Grace, I was looking forward to reading the first in his Cork O'Connor mystery series. Set in Minnesota, I hadn't realized Native American culture figured so prominently in its rural areas. I also didn't expect someone named Cork O'Connor to be a Native American. In fact, there were a lot of surprises in the book that I found very satisfying...I'll definitely read another!
Not a total bust but I purchased this after reading so many positive reviews but found that it lacked the excitement and intensity I was hoping for. The story lagged and moved along slowly at times. The mystery was there and the Indian lore woven in was interesting which were the greatest factors in keeping me in this novel. David Chandler gave a great voice to Cork, nice work there. Don't rule this one out, it just takes a little to warm up to.
Maybe - in several years. I don't usually re-read books.
It was a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's difficult to choose a standout.
No. This is the first time I have heard him read, and he is absolutely perfect for the book.
I have read primarily mysteries since my first Nancy Drew a long time ago, so I'm suspicious when starting a new author. It's a good thing I'm retired, because my eyes are bleary from trying to read the book in one sitting. I'll be reading the series til the end. Living in Minnesota, and being married to a man who grew up in O'Connor's territory (his family still lives there) there was the familiarity of home. Although "home" has never been as threatening.
I have been looking for a new series, and may have found it with William Kent Krueger's first Cork O'Connor book. The story is strong, and the prose terse and quiet in their descriptions of the Native American culture, and the narrator does an excellent job. But the thing that sold me was the characters -- they emerge fully formed, complex and interesting. I never expect that in a first book. I am off to purchase book #2 now....
William Kent Krueger has nestled his way into my Northern Minnesota heart. He understands the geography, climate, history...but most of all the people. While it is very possible to love these books just because they are a darn good story, I think the conflicts are most real to those of us who know what's north of Duluth.
probably, well you think you know how it's going to end, but it doesn't end that way
Milew-sorry don't know how to spell it--but he is an older indian friend of Cork's, and Cork goes to visit him a few times and they share lucky strikes. Why-because he is a good friend, and seemingly very wise and laid back, but also a man of action when needed.
Near the end of the story, where Cork is in danger of losing his life, and with his only defense a huge knife and an indian legend-fights for his life.
From the two Cork O'Connor stories I've listened to, the focus may be on Cork, but we also get to hear(or read)about Cork's family and friends, as well as the residents of the town of Aurora Minnesota-as well as the Indians living on the reservation nearby.
I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.
His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.
The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.
David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.
Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".
Love Sci-Fi, country western mysteries and JD Robb
This is very much like the Longmire series and Hillerman.
Once you start you cant stop. They are very addictive. I love the inclusion of the Ojibwe Indians. I look for this in many stories. I love these stories!!! I sure hope he will write more.
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