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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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    Robert 09-02-13
    Robert 09-02-13 Member Since 2013

    I know from whence I speak.

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    "Is this gonna be a good series, or what?"

    This was a surprisingly good book. I think I picked it up in a 3 for 2 credit sale because I am always looking for a new series in this genre. I think I may have found one. Krueger not only tells a good story, he creates and develops interesting characters that should be interesting to follow. Moreover, this is not a "they lived happily thereafter book". I get the feeling nobody, the main character not withstanding, is safe in Krueger's plots. I suppose time will tell if this theme continues as I go through the 13 available books.

    From a more critical point of view, Krueger's plot in Iron Lake might have been a bit over extended. There were a lot of characters and sub-plots that didn't add much, if anything, to the story. Are some of them going to play roles in later books? I don't know. But, I'd like to give the author a little slack in the first book in his series and move on to the next one. In my experience, the good authors usually get better with experience (probably because they get better editors who polish the work). I hope that will be the case in later Cork O'Connor stories.

    The narrator, David Chandler, did a great job. I almost did notice he was there and I could usually identify the character by the sound of his voice.

    In any event, I will purchase the next book in the series right after I submit this review. I suppose that best expresses my feelings toward this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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

    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 2014
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 08-25-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 08-25-13 Member Since 2014

    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 2014

    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.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 03-05-15
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 03-05-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "If you enjoy Longmire you'll enjoy this series"

    Very similar to the Longmire series this initial novel in the Iron Lake series by Wm Krueger has much of the rustic and rural outdoorsman type of story. Set in an isolated town of Aurora Minn. on the boundary between Canada and the US, former sherif Cork O'Connor seems to spend much of his time as a detective for friends and family.

    Similar family relationships add a pleasant note to the book though as we are introduced to the family, Cork and wife Jo are separated with new lovers for each of them.

    I did find the plot fairly predictable and had figured out the bad guy before the story was half over..but the story is still good and David Chandler is an excellent narrator.

    Well worth your credit and time, I suspect I'll end up with the entire series of audible books on my iPad, just as I have all the Walt Longmire ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-01-15
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "WINNER! I have found myself a new series!"

    I enjoy series books and I have found in a "winner" in this one. I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Corchran O'Connor is a great leading guy who we can relate to and become interested in. This book takes place in MINNESOTA, so any fellow Minnesotan may want to take note of that if you like stories that take place in familiar places as I do. Either way, this book contains a great mystery to solve, interesting characters, and fast-paced adventure...the trifecta! The reader did a great job portraying the characters as well. I can't wait to see what happens next in the saga of Cork O'Connor and his family!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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