William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale that has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the case after a heated town debate turns deadly.
The local Anishinaabe Indian tribe is furious to discover that Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is after a grove of trees sacred to tribal lore. So when the mill gets bombed, killing a man, the tribe is blamed. But O’Connor has a different theory.
Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.
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PURGATORY RIDGE is the third installment of the Cork O'Conner mysteries. Though no longer the sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, when the local lumber mill is bombed, resulting in the death of a local Native American tribesman, Cork is asked to help in the investigation. Many possibilities for suspects eventually evolve as environmentalists and the local tribes are protesting the lumbering of a sacred stand of old growth trees called the "Old Grandfathers". Then the lumber mill-owner's wife and son, along with Cork's wife and son , are kidnapped with a ransom demand for 2 million dollars.
Suspense builds with the addition of another suspect, the only survivor of a sunken ship from a number of years ago, who has been mourning the death of his brother during that sinking. He believes the mill owner's wife's family is responsible for the sinking by sabotaging the ship for the insurance money. With the building of suspects and clues developing into a serious case, the conclusion is a complete surprise.
Krueger's mysteries are enhanced by the cultural differences between the Native Americans and the whites, with Cork being mixed blood, and his wife as the lawyer for the tribe. There are also marital issues between Cork and his wife, as they have come together again, after both strayed with other partners. They have three children, two of whom now help Cork run their restaurant. These many and varied issues greatly add to the interest of Krueger's books. The atmosphere of the Minnesota surrounds is also a character in itself, building suspense with the wild weather, and many land formations. Excellent continuation of the Cork O'Conner series!
I love my books, over 1000 in my library. I have been a member since the year 2000.
You will like this series. It is similar to Longmire in many ways, but has more family involvement. It definitely keeps your interest and you find yourself becoming more invested in getting to know the family and hoping for the best for all it's members.
I will eventually work my way through this series. I am glad that I took a chance.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This mystery, the third in the series,stays true to the story line of ex-sheriff, Cork O'Connor standing up against evil and injustice on Iron Lake. The history of the native Indians is interwoven, and as in the first two books, his wife Jo, is an attorney who represents the Indians. The locals want Cork to run for sheriff again . . . which isn't decided in book three. The story takes twists and turns, which are unexpected and keeps you listening. My husband and I have listened to the first three in the series together while taking road trips to visit our kids. We will be moving on the Number Four!
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With ecowarriors and the lumber mill, murder and kidnap, blackmail threats, plus family and local tensions Cork has his plate full. He is the consultant and extra muscle for the current sheriff, but he still has no official status. The crimes are solved and the hostages recovered safely, but several of the local tensions remain and will undoubtedly erupt in other episodes. This kept my attention throughout. The scenarios and human responses are believable.
The narrator has become the talented voice for this series.
I will move on to the next book.
I have exhausted all the Michael Connelly and James Patterson inventory and my brother recommended this series. I love it for the same reason I love Connelly and Patterson-it is entertaining, pulls you in and passes the time with familiar characters and great storytelling. Krueger's books have the added perk of learning tid bits about the Boundary Waters.
It's Cork O'Connor and the author is staying true to his characters. Nobody is all good or all bad or all heroic. Even the hero has flaws, which means his triumphs are those of a human being and not "given to him" like a superman. The other characters, including the location, have dimensions and depth. The setting in Aurora, Minnesota and its environs are very well "drawn" and I like the way the author draws us into the the lives of the inhabitants. I agree with the reviewer who said this series puts him in mind of the Longmire series, but assure you that it stands on its own. I am enjoying this series and will definitely move on to the next one.
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