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)
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.
I like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.
My sister recommended this book and she was right...it is a good read.
The plot allowed me to think I knew Who did it" and Why? Then I was wrong. It carried me along thought snowing nights and ice filled lakes. I seemed real in person and deed.
I will look for this author again and return to this listen again.
this was my first cork O'Connor book. I'm hooked and can't wait to start the next book! it is narrated by David Chandler, who did the Joe Pickett books. he just sucks you in!
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.
I aud a lot of books.
I wanted to like this book. I went in with hope and an open mind.
Maybe it was set too close to where I live to suspend disbelief, but I think it was more the fault of the writing. In an attempt to create interesting characters, the story ended up with a lot of tedious, unnecessary filler that did nothing for me or the story. The reader could have minimized that, but instead added to it profoundly.
The conclusion ended up being simultaneously predictable yet wildly unbelievable, if you can imagine that. In fact, that might be this book's only achievement.
Sadly, it didn't have to be that way. There are plenty of examples of excellent detective novels. The author should try reading one.
If you like Joe Picket and Walt Longmire., you'll like Cork O'Connor. Author Kent Krueger does a fine job of introducing a new character that keeps your interest during the story and leaves you wanting more. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire series. David Chandler is a fine orator and I always enjoy his works.
Very disappointed in loose ends not resolved with family. Some actions do not fit with personalities of characters. Jo was much too intelligent and strong to be as naive as she appeared late in book.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I purchased this book not knowing anything about the author. I was so surprised to discover this book as well written, well read, more twists and turns that I couldn't see coming than I'd ever expected. Don't miss this one is you like good mysteries and suspense.
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