When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.
Both sides look to Cork O'Connor, a man of mixed heritage, to uncover the truth behind the murders. A former sheriff, Cork has lived, fought, and nearly died to keep the small-town streets and his family safe from harm. He knows that violence is never a virtue, but he believes that it's sometimes a necessary response to the evil that men do.
Racing to find answers before the bloodshed spreads, Cork himself becomes involved in the darkest of deeds. As the unspeakable unfolds in the remote and beautiful place he calls home, Cork is forced to confront the horrific truth: Violence is a beast that cannot be contained.
In Red Knife, Krueger gives his listeners a vivid picture of racial conflict in small-town America, as well as a sensitive look at the secrets we keep from even those closest to us - and the destructive nature of all that is left unsaid between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and lovers.
Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.
©2008 William Kent Krueger; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Simply and elegantly told, this sad story of loyalty and honor, corruption and hatred, hauntingly carves utterly convincing characters, both red and white, into the consciousness." (Publishers Weekly)
Consistency, Continuity, Talent with Voices.
When signing a narrator for a series, the author or his agent should actually listen to the candidates. Folks that read series become accustomed to the narrator's interpretation of the work and changing mid-stream in this occasionally engaging story line simply ruined it for me. Mr. Schiner is particularly bad at simulating female voices and this alone left me nonplussed and a bit angry, two emotions that most authors would rather avoid.
Shame on you, Krueger! This series is a bit thin and ponderous to begin with and this faux pas may spell an early end to my Cork O'Connor patronage.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I am so engrossed in this series. It has sucked me right in. I can hardly wait to get to it each day. I ran out of books and my usual favorite authors had nothing new to offer, so I took a chance on this series. I started it August 15, 2013 and finished all 13 books by September 23, 2013. One good thing about starting this series is that I don't have to wait a very long time for the next book to come out.
RED KNIFE by William Kent Krueger--
"The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation." (Numbers 14:18)
In Krueger's 8th Cork O'Connor novel, many issues cause much violence a small town in Minnesota. Conflicts between the Ojibwe Indians and the white population bring Cork into the conflict even though he is no longer sheriff. Though Cork has promised his family to stay out of these situations, someone shooting at him and his 7 year old son, brings him into the middle of everything. Different groups amongst the Ojibwe are in conflict, the whites and Ojibwe don't always trust each other, drugs cause death and violence, revenge causes quick deadly violence, and bulling and neglect causes unspeakable tragedy. Can violence really stop further violence?
I continue to find these Cork O'Conner novels more than just entertaining. They are atmospheric, with flawed but honest characters, that also deal with difficult moral and ethical community and personal issues. Love it when a book is good reading, but also makes me think! I listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed the narrator.
Too slow, too boring, too many words. And the narration I just can't enjoy. Didn't finish the book.
Too many words and descriptions about what the characters were thinking.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
I think this is a case of a good story ruined by poor narration.
The switch off from David Chandler's excellent narration to Buck Shrimer's rather poor performance is jarring. As a veteran audiobook listener and a big fan of WKK's Cork O'Connor mysteries I find it very hard to listen to Shrimer's poor enunciation and terrible female voices. Additionally some of his male voices sound like almost comical versions of old men with cracking almost falsetto voices.
Maybe it's just me.
I've enjoyed the series. The storyline seemed to stray, and go off the tracks in this book. Perhaps this was in part, due to the narration. Mr. Schirner has a fine voice, but he doesn't narrate woman or children very well. I found it to be quite distracting. I will now have to decide whether to continue with this series, skip to the end where the narrator changes back or just go another way...
I throughly enjoyed the first 5 in this series and was prepared to enjoy this one until I heard Schimer trying to tell the story. He has a fine reading voice but can not do the female parts and makes the book unlistenable. Why the producer picked him for a book requiring more versitility is very hard to understand.
I love these stories, loved the original reader. I tolerated the last book, not can no longer tolerate the poor quality of the different voices in the audio... going to return this one and move on to another series...
Great Books Don't Promote Violence
I did not enjoy Red knife, which featured an abundance of violence and sad, dysfunctional relationships. Jo was angry with Cork for getting involved with several murder investigations; Cork was keeping secrets again from his family. There were no light moments to balance the racism, murders and marital discord.
In particular, there was a sub plot involving Will (retired military office and Native American) and his Latina wife Lucy who lost a son and daughter-in-law to murder. While I liked sweet, caring Lucy, I was hoping she would grow a backbone and dump her brooding, cold and cheating husband.
Lucy passively accepted that Will would occasionally disappear for days without any explanation. When she found out that he was patronizing prostitutes and dabbling with BDSM, Lucy was pitifully glad that he came home to her. Sad and disturbing, that she didn't even care about the health risks, not to mention the disrespect and lack of affection.
I was disappointed that the author randomly introduced the subject of BDSM through the perspective of a hooker. She calmly explained to Cork that her clients (married men) didn't actually come to her for violent sex but rather for the emotional release she offered. That rationalization has to be the lamest excuse ever for condoning adultery and sexual abuse!
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