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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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    DWR Minnesota, USA 11-16-14
    DWR Minnesota, USA 11-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice Murder Mystery, Interesting Location"

    I got this book because we have a summer home in the area where this book is located. It is obvious that Krueger knows the area and it is interesting to see how he merges real locations, which are actually far apart, into his semi-fictional location.

    His characters are vivid. Cork is smart and courageous but has almost fatal flaws and makes some critical, almost out of character, mistakes which increases the tension. Although you still have doubts as to who the perpetrators are as the story goes on, it becomes more of a challenge to determine how Cork will prove it. The secondary characters are also well depicted, especially the Indians who ultimately play a significant role.

    The story can be a bit predictable, the bad guys are really bad, some of the situations can be expected and the finish as anticipated. But all in all it was enjoyable.

    David Chandler does a good job: although his character voices are not strong, Krueger's writing makes it easy to follow them.

    Looking forward to "Boundary Waters".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 11-05-14
    Cheryl 11-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A Great Series"
    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    This is very much like the Longmire series and Hillerman.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once you start you cant stop. They are very addictive. I love the inclusion of the Ojibwe Indians. I look for this in many stories. I love these stories!!! I sure hope he will write more.


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    Linda Armstrong 09-26-14

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    "Great character development"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really.


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

    Not that I know of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way the characters are "real". Credit goes to the author and reader on that.

    0 of 0 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

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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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    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 08-02-14
    Edward G. Busby northern Wisconsin 08-02-14 Member Since 2004

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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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    gloria 06-06-14
    gloria 06-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story was weak and predictable.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Kent Krueger again?

    I actually tried the next book in the series.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    The story might have been better with a different narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I have been spoiled by listening to all of the James Lee Burke books and the Craig Johnson series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Donald Auburn University, AL USA 06-03-14
    Duane Donald Auburn University, AL USA 06-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "A Good Story"

    Just stumbled across this series while looking for a good mystery. I gave it a try and really enjoyed it. The narration was done well. He did sound like John Wayne to me a couple of times. It kept my attention, and I plan to listen to the next one. The main character, Cork, was believable and someone that was easy to like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 02-16-14
    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 02-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the development of characters, and knowing this is a series made me happy to get to know them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exciting and believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Great chases on ice. I can't pick just one and describe it so it won't give too much away.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, kept me awake much later at night than I should have been.


    Any additional comments?

    Preparing to read the second book, knowing I won't be disappointed if it is anything like the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 01-30-14
    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 01-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Did not live up to the reviews"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read a lot of mysteries and this one was just okay. I paid $4.95 for the privilege of listening to it and that was about what it was worth -- if i'd used a credit or paid full price I would have returned it. The characters are okay but somewhat cliched. I never felt connected to Cork or any of the other main characters (before this I read one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, which I loved). I found the writing a bit stilted and the confrontation scene implausible. Based on the reviews I read here, I had expected something much more compelling. With a good mystery, I can barely stop listening; this one I had to force myself to finish. This author was compared to Tony Hillerman by other reviewers but I don't see that, myself.


    Has Iron Lake turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    The read was just fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    merilee Selby, SD, United States 01-19-14
    merilee Selby, SD, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Listen to Audible daily on long commute.

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    "Good Listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend if they were looking for a listen that would keep them riveted but not so much they can't drive thru traffic and not miss something.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Kent Krueger? Why or why not?

    I am currently listening to book 3..so yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was pretty impressed with the woodland scenes..the suspense while in deep woods was pretty authentic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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