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
"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)
Mid-60s; love true stories of endurance.
No, but I would recommend it.
The author kept my interest & kept me guessing.
When Kork confronts the murderer.
I love James Lee Burke, that is what first got my attention. I am also a big fan of series in books. Great story with a great performance. I am also from Minnesota with family in Duluth, so that is another "hook". Well worth the credit.
Kept my interest through out the whole book
Great voice's, brought the book to life
I read a review that compared it to the Longmire novels by Craig Johnson. Wow, was that off base. It was bland. The characters were very one dimensional. The narration very flat. I've been spoiled lately by listening to some really wonderful narrators.
Oh, who knows?
Very flat delivery.
None. I would have added more character development.
Just listen to the Longmire stuff. You'll be glad you did.
I bought this book on a daily deal and am so glad I did. The characters were well thought out and portrayed. They were just as real people are; both flawed and decent. The story drew me in as only a really well written book can. I don't think I've ever listened to a book that made my heart race as this one did. The action was so realistic and the character's thoughts during the incidents were spot on.
No. Chandler's performance is understated. I found myself looking forward to his characterizations, even though they were not dramatic or particularly "performed".
One incident toward the latter part of the book was so compelling, I found myself almost in tears. Even though I anticipated the incident, the excellent writing made it seem like a surprise and I felt so horribly bad for the character.
Take a chance on this book. I don't think you will regret doing so.
Krueger writes a book with a very flawed protagonist and realistic people. I will enjoy his other works because I feel he is a very good writer with a very original presentation.
wish there was some way to find out before purchase if the story must resort to sex to complete the plot.
Like many mystery story addicts I enjoy the discovery of an author and a series that are new to me. The small lakeside town of Aurora, Minnesota is peopled with characters that fascinate as soon as they are introduced. The social and political struggles between the native peoples and the townsfolk form a subtext for motivating the characters and moving the plot forward but they do not dominate. As the tale unfolds Cork O'Connor and each of the people who surround him become more complex and carefully drawn. Iron Lake stands alone as a well written novel not just the beginning of a promising series. Krueger tantalizes us with enough detail that I am anxious to revisit O'Connor and Aurora, Minnesota .
the end did become predictable but not until almost completely through the story. Very understandable family conflict. It had some realistic characterizations. The story was a fun read.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
The publisher's summary was accurate. 3.5 stars actually .
Before selecting a book from an author I have not read I will read reviews and then check reader histories to see if we have like taste as much of preference has to do with specific taste not just whether a book is well written. Whew, long explanation there. That being said there were quite a few differing opinions with like taste, so I took a chance.
I liked this book, it was well written and though it was a little obvious, it was not contrived or for lack of a better word stupid. However, it is not a traditional mystery, it is a story a little humble and bittersweet. I can see where some people may find it slow, it is descriptive and interweaves Native American life with the traditional immigrant American way of life. It is not fast paced, action packed or particularly gripping. I did find it engrossing, not at all boring.
So if you like lore and parables with your mystery, you should enjoy the book. If you want something that moves along fast with lots of twists and turns, maybe not for you.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Iron Lake provided me with facts about the kind of people, the different cultures, the landscape, the wide open skies and the tremendous amount of snow that falls each year in Minnesota. There were few secrets in the small community of Aurora. The turmoil created by a lost boy and the death of a judge caused quite a commotion in the small town. The community united together to find answers. I live in the state of Maryland and our motto is, "don't become involved." It was nice to read how people were willing and able to help one another. The two mysteries, when discovered and solved, were handled quite differently. I understood why the punishments were meted out the way that they were. Also, it was good to know that when a husband and a wife separate, the kid's were not used as weapons and both parent's stayed very involved with the three children. Problem solving for individual's can be made easier with communication. However, Cork and Jo, were like other people I know. They needed to untangle their internal emotions alone. I'm glad that there are more books to follow.
The most memorable moment of Iron Lake was centered around the bear hunt Cork had gone on with Sam Winter-Moon, his very good friend as well as as a strong male influence after Cork's father died when he was 14. Cork knew and respected the wisdom and love of Sam, as he would his own father. The bear was the biggest that Sam had ever seen and he had felled many bears in his lifetime. Sam had moved ahead from Cork when he saw the bear moving further into the woods ahead of them. Cork stood still after awhile, not paying attention, when the next thing he became aware of was this huge bear standing over him, paws curled, and teeth bared to attack, when he heard a gun shot and watched the bear fall. Sam had circled around, realizing that the bear was going back to where Cork was and saved Cork's life. Sam gave the bear skin to Cork and he cherished it from the time he was a teenager to the present time. Every time Cork would remove the bear skin from his mother's wooden chest, he would always remember three of the most important people in his life. There was the yellowed wedding dress that belonged to his mother and the gun wrapped in the bear skin that belonged to his father.
I do think that I made a mistake and wrote about my favorite scene above. Now I'll try and think about my favorite MOMENT. Cork took his few belongings and walked to Sam's cabin that stood in the dense woods. He walked up the steps and opened the door. The Indian's did not believe in locking their doors. He stood on the threshold and looked into the room that he would call home. He saw it as a good place to be and knew that this was where he needed to be to help get himself back to where he was before he lost his way with his life.
No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book.
The mystery was a good one. The novel was an easy listen and the sentences and paragraphs and chapters moved quickly because it was interesting to listen to. Because the character development was so well done, I came to know them as individual's. I look forward to meeting them again in the next novel in the series.
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