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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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    Livia Tucson, AZ, United States 01-22-15
    Livia Tucson, AZ, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great first novel, totally worth the read!"

    I have been looking for a new series, and may have found it with William Kent Krueger's first Cork O'Connor book. The story is strong, and the prose terse and quiet in their descriptions of the Native American culture, and the narrator does an excellent job. But the thing that sold me was the characters -- they emerge fully formed, complex and interesting. I never expect that in a first book. I am off to purchase book #2 now....

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    Susan 12-21-14
    Susan 12-21-14
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    "Northern Minnesota to the core"

    William Kent Krueger has nestled his way into my Northern Minnesota heart. He understands the geography, climate, history...but most of all the people. While it is very possible to love these books just because they are a darn good story, I think the conflicts are most real to those of us who know what's north of Duluth.

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    Brenda Bass 12-15-14
    Brenda Bass 12-15-14
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    "iron lake--a place i'd visit"
    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    probably, well you think you know how it's going to end, but it doesn't end that way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Milew-sorry don't know how to spell it--but he is an older indian friend of Cork's, and Cork goes to visit him a few times and they share lucky strikes. Why-because he is a good friend, and seemingly very wise and laid back, but also a man of action when needed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end of the story, where Cork is in danger of losing his life, and with his only defense a huge knife and an indian legend-fights for his life.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    From the two Cork O'Connor stories I've listened to, the focus may be on Cork, but we also get to hear(or read)about Cork's family and friends, as well as the residents of the town of Aurora Minnesota-as well as the Indians living on the reservation nearby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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".

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    Cheryl 11-05-14
    Cheryl 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Robert Comfort, TX USA 09-05-14
    Robert Comfort, TX USA 09-05-14 Member Since 2012

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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.

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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.

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    Duane Donald Auburn University, AL USA 06-03-14
    Duane Donald Auburn University, AL USA 06-03-14 Member Since 2007
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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.

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