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.
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"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)
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I stuck with this book. Initially I thought that I got a supernatural type of book, which is not something I can usually enjoy. So after about three starts, (I had to go back to the beginning) I finally paid close attention and followed this very good book. I am invested in the series after just the first book. I have to know more. Now I am starting my third book in the series. I may spend the rest of my credits on this series alone.
This is an old book, published in 1998, but don't let that stop you. Worth your credit and your time.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
This was an enjoyable mystery, although it tends to wander a bit and drones on too long about the plight of the Ojibwe tribe and their exploitation by whites, all of which is probably true but for the most part, tangential to the plot. On the other hand, his descriptions of the wilds of Minnesota and its history add to the drama. I understood that this was the first of a series with Cork O'Connor as the protagonist, so however dire his situation appeared to be at any point, I knew somehow he would survive. I liked that he and his wife were multidimensional, having both great strengths and evident weaknesses. Many of their adversaries, however, are more one-dimensional, purely cunning and evil, without any sign of conscience. The female leads are both very beautiful, and sex is always passionate, thrilling, and uncomplicated. The plot is intricate, but fairly predictable, and the ending was, for me, typical of the genre, not at all unexpected. I was rather surprised to learn that Iron Lake won the 1999 Anthony Award for best first novel. The quality of the prose does not compare to that of Louise Penny or Michael Connelly. However, from other reviews, I infer that the writing becomes stronger with time, and note that subsequent books in this series won Anthony Awards for best novel of the year in 2005 & 2006. His latest, Trickster's Point, the twelfth in the series, is currently #12 on the NY Times hardcover best sellers list. So I'd be willing to give a later book in the series a try sometime, but am in no rush to do so. David Chandler was an excellent narrator; I enjoyed listening to him.
I like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.
My sister recommended this book and she was right...it is a good read.
The plot allowed me to think I knew Who did it" and Why? Then I was wrong. It carried me along thought snowing nights and ice filled lakes. I seemed real in person and deed.
I will look for this author again and return to this listen again.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
It was a good mystery but I had a hard time sticking with this one. The main character is so down on his luck that it is a little depressing. It was not bad just a little slow and some parts seemed to wonder away from the story. The ending really saved this book for me.
The narrator did an good job. Nice and smooth but no differences in the voices. From what the reviewers say this series gets better, I will probably read one of his later books that has a different narrator.
Excellent well written mystery thriller. I'm not quite as dumb as Jo so I figured it out long before she did, but she was rather distracted. The hero of this series isn't your typical dashing, daring, unbelievable character, but rather just a normal guy with normal guy faults and strengths. That makes him perfect for this series. I look forward to more.
this was my first cork O'Connor book. I'm hooked and can't wait to start the next book! it is narrated by David Chandler, who did the Joe Pickett books. he just sucks you in!
I aud a lot of books.
I wanted to like this book. I went in with hope and an open mind.
Maybe it was set too close to where I live to suspend disbelief, but I think it was more the fault of the writing. In an attempt to create interesting characters, the story ended up with a lot of tedious, unnecessary filler that did nothing for me or the story. The reader could have minimized that, but instead added to it profoundly.
The conclusion ended up being simultaneously predictable yet wildly unbelievable, if you can imagine that. In fact, that might be this book's only achievement.
Sadly, it didn't have to be that way. There are plenty of examples of excellent detective novels. The author should try reading one.
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Do not read this book. Do not let your friends read this book.
The writing is pedestrian and cliche ridden . Plot points were telegraphed far in advance.
The most sympathetic character gets offed and you could see it coming a mile away. I kept checking to see if I had the book at half speed ( it wasn't) because it was so ill paced.
If this was a print book, I wouldn't even leave it in an airport - I would rip it to shreds and toss it.
I couldn't even finish it even though I got 85%through it. I am asking for my money back. I woke up this morning with a sense of dread (instead of my usual exited anticipation) at getting into my truck to hear a book. This book ruined my day.
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.
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