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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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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-22-13
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "If you like a story with your mystery"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 07-11-13
    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 07-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "High 3 star"
    Would you be willing to try another book from William Kent Krueger? Why or why not?

    Yes, the second book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    A little like the Longmire series except the lead is an ex-sheriff and takes place in Minnesota. He's part Indian and talks about some of the Indian myths and stories. They play a large role. Develops the characters and scenery.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-26-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 06-26-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Suspenseful Intriguing Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Iron Lake the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iron Lake?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shodobe WEST POINT, CA United States 06-02-13
    Shodobe WEST POINT, CA United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2012

    Dog Enthusiast! Love the outdoors

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    "A Great Start To A Great Series!"
    If you could sum up Iron Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Story, Characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them were very unique


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    He did an excellent job on all of them


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great beginning to a series. Highly recommend you read the books in succession so you don't get lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 05-22-13
    Diane Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 05-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent narrator for an intelligent story!"

    I tried Iron Lake as the first in a serie and, for me, a new author; I will buy the rest of the serie.

    Even though I found the story slow going at times,it nonetheless snowballed into a crackerjack ending. Now I want to know what will happen between Jo and Cork.

    So many deaths in such a short time, in a small town, leaves big ripples.

    How intriguing!

    David Chandler is a fantastic narrator and really brought to life the characters of this book,including the women(no falsetto, thank you!).

    I highly recommend this book to all mystery lover,it will surely satisfy your cravings.
    The story is well crafted and with an intelligent dialogue. The writing is superlative so that in just a few words a mood is captured, a death felt.

    I like this author a lot!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 04-29-13
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "LOVE Krueger"
    What did you love best about Iron Lake?

    It's different from my home. The caracters seem real.


    What other book might you compare Iron Lake to and why?

    Ordinary Grace....also by Krueger. I am really enjoying his writing.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Juli Port Orange, FL, United States 05-19-13
    Juli Port Orange, FL, United States 05-19-13
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    "Not a Good Book"
    Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or David Chandler?

    I wouldn't read another book by William Kent Krueger. This book was just too wordy and the the narration was bad. None of the characters are likable. I listened for 30 minutes .... thought maybe it would get better. It didn't.


    What was most disappointing about William Kent Krueger’s story?

    It's just too wordy and no likable characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just sounded so blah (for lack of better word).


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Burlington, WA, United States 07-15-13
    Barb Burlington, WA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Greater Seattle area real estate broker that loves to read...or listen.

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    "MUST LISTEN - GOOD MYSTERY"
    Where does Iron Lake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    VERY HIGH. I HAVE NEVER READ/LISTENED TO THIS AUTHOR, AND FOUND THIS SUPRISINGLY GOOD! GOOD STORY, GO NARRATION.


    What did you like best about this story?

    CORK IS A GOOD GUY...BELIEVABLE CHARACTER, FUN TO BE WITH (READ ABOUT)


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HE IS A GOOD 'CORK'. HIS VOICE MAKES THE CHARACTER COME TO LIFE


    Any additional comments?

    ID LIKE TO READ MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-04-13
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    "Starts off slow but ends up being really good."
    What made the experience of listening to Iron Lake the most enjoyable?

    I finished the joe pickett books and found this series. Very similar, both are good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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