During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.
Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive.
Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.
“Part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller” (Booklist), Northwest Angle is a dynamic addition to William Kent Krueger’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series.
Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.
©2011 William Kent Krueger (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“A complex crime novel that contains meditations on the difficulties of loving and the paths we take to reach God, Northwest Angle has everything you want in a great read.” (Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Dead Reckoning)
I love the William Kent Kreuger books, if for no other reason that the setting is nearly home territory for me. As a kid, I spent summers in this area, so I can picture most of the places he mentions. One thing surprised me -- at a couple of points, Kreuger has his characters swimming for hour after hour in Lake of the Woods. Seems to me that even in summer, that water was pretty darn cold. I cede to his greater knowledge, I guess, over my memory. But really? Could all these people, non-professional swimmers -- not trained, not the kind of people who regularly challenge the English Channel or San Francisco Bay -- really be able to spend hours in that water without ill effects? I wonder about that.
Then too, usually these books are totally engrossing, I'm always completely unable to find a place to stop. This one wasn't that, so much. A different kind of book. It had its moments, certainly, but there was more emphasis here on the nature of love and belonging than there was on creating a thriller. Or so I thought. Still, a good book -- Christians and lovers of Indian lore will love it, certainly.
Others have criticized the narrator -- and I have to say I sympathize a bit. Certainly the attempt at a Minnesota accent went flat, and I cringed all the way through at his odd pronounciation of the word "baby", a word that seemed to appear in darn near every sentence. (Who can possibly manage to mispronounce that word?) By the end, though, I'd come to terms with it.
All in all, I'd buy it again. Not quite a standard Kreuger, but plenty fine, anyway.
I had lots of listening opportunities this summer while painting our house (exterior). While it was a bit of a shift to get used to Buck Shirner at the point in the series where the narrator changed - not sure what book that was now. I think this was only because I was used to David Chandler. I didn't find Buck's voice to be grating, rushed or irritating in any way. Northwest Angle was well done and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
A good story is compromised by the clumsy narration by Buck Schimer. He does not do the Minnesota accent with accuracy or authority. Try Minnesota denizen Dale Connelly to narrate this author
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
This is one of my favorite series ever! Krueger simply cannot be beat for instant suspense and gripping stories with settings that are vividly described and intertwined with the plots. Cork O'Connor is our hero, a part-Ojibwe ex-lawman with great dedication to his heritage, his family, and to justice. He sometimes gets a bit preachy, but this is so far forgivable because of his basic decentness and the appeal of the many other characters in the tales.
These are definitely story-driven books. If you want complicated, deep, psychologically complex characters and plots, look elsewhere. But, among thriller series, the Krueger books stand out for their well-crafted suspense and action, their excellent sense of place, and a respectful representation of the Ojibwe culture.
"Northwest Angle" is a worthy addition. It hooks you fast with a sudden storm and a crackerjack story. The mystery is intriguing and sustained throughout. I have grown really fond of the narration by Buck Schimer, whose gravelly voice seems perfect for the genre.
Overall, a really engaging listen!
I've been hooked on this series from the beginning. This was one oft favorites. My only complaint is that the first few were narrated by someone different who I liked more. This guy is fine though. I hope William Kent Kruger never stops writing!
Wonderful story. Kept me on the edge. Had to marathon it, I was so eager to find out what happened next! Captivating as always!
However...Bucks voice is great for Cork. I imagine Cork sounding like that, but not so much for the other characters. I don't think Buck has enough variation capability to pull off the other characters, especially women. His voice is a great one if you're looking for gruff, but he doesn't seem to be able to take the gruff out when necessary.
The mystic spirituality continues…
I like to read books in a series...if it were not for Jo, Ann, Jenny and Steve I would have quit this series long ago. Changing readers in mid stream didn't help either.
No one died
Frustration at the pronunciation of names and words
Lack of Consistency among readers on pronunciation of Ojibway words/names and giving an authentic voice to Henry....he's really important and should be treated with more respect.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
This series is coming to an end. only three more books. There is something to be said about starting a series with so many books already written, you don't have to wait for the next installment. I am so glad that I took a chance on this series. I hope other readers/listeners give it a try, it is well worth the time and credits.
I know that the Cork O'Connor character has a following, but the book was just not a very satisfying read for me. Again, this is probably due to personal tastes, but I won't read this author again.
It needed to start out with a bang. The first line didn't grab me and it got worse as it went on. I finally quit listening to it and decided that this writer is not for me.
I thought that Buck Schirner's performance was too "down home." It lacked color. In the past couple of weeks I have listened to books narrated by readers who could do accents, change their voice to fit different characters, and provide depth into the characters. I didn't feel that Mr. Schirner's performance reached that level of proficiency.
Not for me. I'm sure that many others enjoyed it, but it was not for me.
Maybe I started with the wrong book in this series. I can't recommend it and I cannot recommend to a listener who knows this character to forgo this book. It just did not work for me.
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