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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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    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 14 people found this review helpful
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    suzjohnson 04-08-14
    suzjohnson 04-08-14 Member Since 2014
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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 Switzerland 02-05-14
    Mike Murphy Switzerland 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
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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 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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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 09-07-12
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good debut, but does the series get better?"

    This was an enjoyable mystery, although it tends to wander a bit and drones on too long about the plight of the Ojibwe tribe and their exploitation by whites, all of which is probably true but for the most part, tangential to the plot. On the other hand, his descriptions of the wilds of Minnesota and its history add to the drama. I understood that this was the first of a series with Cork O'Connor as the protagonist, so however dire his situation appeared to be at any point, I knew somehow he would survive. I liked that he and his wife were multidimensional, having both great strengths and evident weaknesses. Many of their adversaries, however, are more one-dimensional, purely cunning and evil, without any sign of conscience. The female leads are both very beautiful, and sex is always passionate, thrilling, and uncomplicated. The plot is intricate, but fairly predictable, and the ending was, for me, typical of the genre, not at all unexpected. I was rather surprised to learn that Iron Lake won the 1999 Anthony Award for best first novel. The quality of the prose does not compare to that of Louise Penny or Michael Connelly. However, from other reviews, I infer that the writing becomes stronger with time, and note that subsequent books in this series won Anthony Awards for best novel of the year in 2005 & 2006. His latest, Trickster's Point, the twelfth in the series, is currently #12 on the NY Times hardcover best sellers list. So I'd be willing to give a later book in the series a try sometime, but am in no rush to do so. David Chandler was an excellent narrator; I enjoyed listening to him.

    9 of 13 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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    Robert Comfort, TX USA 09-05-14
    Robert Comfort, TX USA 09-05-14 Member Since 2010

    MacBob01

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    "When I ran out of C J Box, I started Krueger"
    What did you love best about Iron Lake?

    Twist and Turns in the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seemed sorta realistic


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the characters to life with different speech patterns and dialects.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Starting 2nd book is series now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 08-13-14
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 08-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "iron lake"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    the story seems to lack life its flat


    What was most disappointing about William Kent Krueger’s story?

    first one and possiblbly the last


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    not a lot maybe a a better story reader


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment the review sounded good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 08-02-14
    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 08-02-14 Member Since 2004

    egb

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    "I'm hooked"
    What did you love best about Iron Lake?

    Every time I thought I'd figured out what was going to happen he throws in another curve. It kept me thinking and I like that.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    Cork, without a doubt is my favorite character. Flawed, vulnerable but tenacious to a fault; I couldn't help but like him and, to some extent, identify with him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not a fan of Cork's wife but it's easy to feel antagonistic to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be reading the rest of the series as long as they are as good as Iron Lake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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