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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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    mary 04-12-15
    mary 04-12-15

    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.

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    "Surprise"

    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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    Peter G. Osborne 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Good book, loved the narrator a bit of s sudden ending but it's definitely left me wanting to read the next one!!

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 03-22-15
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!!"

    The author, William Kent Krueger, did a great job in developing all of the characters extremely well. I really liked the main character Cork and his human frailties. The story setting in Aurora, Minnesota in the vicinity of an Indian Reservation was very intriguing.

    I can definitely see how his debut novel won the Anthony Award and I look forward to reading the second book in the series, "Boundary Waters."

    The narrator, David Chandler, was excellent.

    I highly recommend this book.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 03-13-15
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Great Series Start!"

    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!

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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 03-09-15
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not convinced yet."
    What made the experience of listening to Iron Lake the most enjoyable?

    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.


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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.

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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!

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    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 02-27-15
    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 02-27-15 Member Since 2009
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    "No reason to take a star away."

    Good mystery. I liked the characters. As it is with mysteries, I can't say too much like many thoughtless reviewers. It's worth your time. I put the second in series in my wish list.

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    Lily 02-07-15
    Lily 02-07-15 Member Since 2013

    bunnymama

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    "A Great Start to a New Series"
    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    Maybe - in several years. I don't usually re-read books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's difficult to choose a standout.


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

    No. This is the first time I have heard him read, and he is absolutely perfect for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lonnie J. Usrey Gainesville, GA 01-25-15
    Lonnie J. Usrey Gainesville, GA 01-25-15 Member Since 2014

    His Wife

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    "So, so book and story"

    I could have done without all the profanity in the story. I started with another book in this series and thought I would start a the beginning if the series. If I had listened to this one first, I'm not sure I would have continued in the series.

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