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Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8 | [William Kent Krueger]

Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8

When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 01-10-14
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "BAD CHOICE AS NARRATOR"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 09-26-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 09-26-13 Member Since 2002

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "Love this series..."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 04-23-14
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 04-23-14

    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.

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    "Good story Poor Performance"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 09-27-14
    Ronna 09-27-14
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    "Can violence bring peace?"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 05-20-14
    Amazon Customer United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Not the same"
    Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or Buck Schirner?

    Too slow, too boring, too many words. And the narration I just can't enjoy. Didn't finish the book.


    What could William Kent Krueger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too many words and descriptions about what the characters were thinking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

    George Guidall


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry 04-17-14
    Jerry 04-17-14

    I like to listen to books :)

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    "Off The Tracks"

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 06-09-10
    W.Denis Savannah, GA, United States 06-09-10
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    "Bad Reader"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 09-21-14
    S. A. Rogers South Carolina USA 09-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Several plots not interconnected"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I was drawn in and the plots kept me guessing. Just when I thought the book was at its end, I realized there was still much to be resolved.


    Did Buck Schirner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was not fond of his female voices. They all sounded like they were whining. At first I thought it suited the character's current role, but later realized it was just the way Schirner portrayed the females.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments were touching, but I think the best part was a familial reconciliation made possible by forgiveness. (Don't want to give away much.)


    Any additional comments?

    I always like the main characters in this series. The end made me think it was the end of the series. Hopefully not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grannie 04-30-14
    Grannie 04-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this Minnesota mystery"
    What did you love best about Red Knife?

    I liked the way it was so interesting that I wanted to read it straight through to the end. I thought his descriptions of Minnesota were authentic.


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    Good


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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