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Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1 | [William Kent Krueger]

Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1998 William Kent Krueger (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    suzjohnson 04-08-14
    suzjohnson 04-08-14
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    "Boring!"
    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    His narration was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Kept waiting for this book to take off but after nearing the end of Part 1, I realized it just wasn't going to. Too many words, too many superfluous situations and not enough action. One of the most boring books I've run into in a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Murphy 02-05-14
    Mike Murphy 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "Atmospheric, well plotted, slightly melodramatic"

    What I enjoyed most about this book was the strong sense of place and season - I could almost feel the clean cold of winter and the purging heat of the sauna - and the clarity and credibility of the various candidates for the "he did it" role.

    The central character, Cork O'Connor, an white skinned, red haired man with a native American grandmother that seems to give him a foot in both of the communities of Iron Lake, has the makings of a tragic hero - a committed sheriff, a loving husband, a doting father who falls from grace in every way possible when disaster strikes but who remains a good man, albeit one who cheats on his wife. I could not find my way inside this man's head. He seems to be a talented and tenacious investigator but he is not gifted with insight into his own character or that of his wife. Add to this a willingness to buy into the reality of Windigoes and you have someone I found hard to believe in. He is a pizza with way too many toppings.

    The book is well plotted. The twists and turns are satisfying and credible and they kept me guessing (although not always caring)

    Unfortunately, Kreuger's women are almost cartoons - young, beautiful, forgiving and doomed or strong, silent, fierce but loving or confident, self-absorbed but still loving. I couldn't imagine any of them as real.

    He also slaps on foreboding like plaster on a wall.

    The two combined turn the death of one of the women characters into an instrument of emotional manipulation of the reader that I found myself resenting.

    Perhaps it was a book of its time (first published 1999), I know the subsequent books of the series won prizes. From me this one only won a "What a pity. That was almost a really good book."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger LONOKE, AR, United States 01-02-14
    Roger LONOKE, AR, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "waste of money"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    wish there was some way to find out before purchase if the story must resort to sex to complete the plot.


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    Kitty Reno, NV 08-25-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 08-25-13 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "I thought that I had made a mistake, however..."

    I stuck with this book. Initially I thought that I got a supernatural type of book, which is not something I can usually enjoy. So after about three starts, (I had to go back to the beginning) I finally paid close attention and followed this very good book. I am invested in the series after just the first book. I have to know more. Now I am starting my third book in the series. I may spend the rest of my credits on this series alone.

    This is an old book, published in 1998, but don't let that stop you. Worth your credit and your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 05-13-13
    MickeyMarie 05-13-13 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "I want more"

    Excellent well written mystery thriller. I'm not quite as dumb as Jo so I figured it out long before she did, but she was rather distracted. The hero of this series isn't your typical dashing, daring, unbelievable character, but rather just a normal guy with normal guy faults and strengths. That makes him perfect for this series. I look forward to more.

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    Roger webster, TX, United States 12-22-10
    Roger webster, TX, United States 12-22-10
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    "The Start"

    This is a great book. This is were it all started and I think that you all will love this one.
    Roger

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 08-26-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Refreshing change in the murder mystery category."

    Multiple murders, two missing persons, and a crumbling family keep ex-lawman Cork O'Connor moving. Are the events related to one another? Why does he always seem to be the one to find the bodies? Can he patch up his marriage?

    Well done: the characters have depth and the story pace kept me engaged. I will definitely move on to the next book in the series.

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    DWR Minnesota, USA 11-16-14
    DWR Minnesota, USA 11-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice Murder Mystery, Interesting Location"

    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".

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    Cheryl 11-05-14
    Cheryl 11-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A Great Series"
    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    This is very much like the Longmire series and Hillerman.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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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    Linda Armstrong 09-26-14

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    "Great character development"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really.


    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way the characters are "real". Credit goes to the author and reader on that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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