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)
Not that I know of.
I love the way the characters are "real". Credit goes to the author and reader on that.
Twist and Turns in the story
Seemed sorta realistic
He brings the characters to life with different speech patterns and dialects.
Starting 2nd book is series now.
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.
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.
Not a fan of Cork's wife but it's easy to feel antagonistic to her.
I'll be reading the rest of the series as long as they are as good as Iron Lake.
Story was weak and predictable.
I actually tried the next book in the series.
The story might have been better with a different narrator.
I have been spoiled by listening to all of the James Lee Burke books and the Craig Johnson series.
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.
His narration was good.
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.
I enjoyed the development of characters, and knowing this is a series made me happy to get to know them all.
Exciting and believable.
Great chases on ice. I can't pick just one and describe it so it won't give too much away.
Yes, kept me awake much later at night than I should have been.
Preparing to read the second book, knowing I won't be disappointed if it is anything like the first.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
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."
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.
No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.
The read was just fine.
It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.
Listen to Audible daily on long commute.
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.
I am currently listening to book 3..so yes.
I was pretty impressed with the woodland scenes..the suspense while in deep woods was pretty authentic.
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