Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?
With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. When a murder attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north across the border. But why would Wellington want his father dead? This question takes Cork on a journey through time as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventures in the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, where his love for a beautiful woman, far outside his culture, led him into a trap of treachery, greed, and murder.
The past and present collide along the rocky shores of Thunder Bay, where a father's unconditional love is tested by a son's deeply felt resentment, and where jealousy and revenge remain the code among men. As Cork hastens to uncover the truth and save his friend, he soon discovers that his own life is in danger and is reminded that the promises we keep - even for the best of friends - can sometimes place us in the hands of our worst enemies.
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Fine story, but why, oh why, did they change readers? I loved David Chandler's narration but his guy is very difficult to listen to. I now need to decide if I will listen to the next four books or just skip to book 12 which is a return to Chandler's narration. I love the books and characters but, oi vey... it was laborious listing to Mr Schirner read.
I loved learning about Henry's history and family.
Return to the services of David Chandler! It could have been better in almost every way, but Chandler is one of the best. Don't change horses mid-stream.
Good question... I'm not sure yet. I liked the story but it was painful to listen to.
Use David Chandler as a narrator. Have him go back and re-do the four books that Buck Schirner!
I absolutely love this series. However why in the world did they change the narrator?! I listen and have become very accustomed to the narrator in the first 6 books and have purchased other books done with him as the narrator. I was extremely shocked to hear a new and not so talented person doing this book. I'm sure he's a great person but he can't do voices AT ALL. It has made it very hard for me to continue the series.
This book is interesting for the history it provides about Henry Mallou. Buck Schimer's performance, despite the complaints of other reviewers, is solid. He does a great job with the northern Minnesota accent, especially for Cork's character.
Cork of course followed by Henry
I really have enjoyed his other work. There is nothing wrong with his performance here except he is not the voice of Cork that we have become familiar with. I assume this was an author's decision for whatever reason. It was a bad decision. I'm glad to see that after four more narrations, our real Cork is back.
They always make me laugh and chuckle as well as keep me glued to them when the action starts!
Definitely another of the Cork O'Connor series but it will be difficult as I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous 6. Usually I rate them at a strong 4+ but not this time.
Just did not enjoy him. Not as good as previous reader.
Yes but it took awhile. I usually speed right through. This book took 10 days.
This gave a great back story on Maloo explained lots of things about him. I have listened to his books somewhat out of order so this explained some things in the future.
This is another great installment in the Cork Connor series.
Is it because we all are accustomed to the fabulous voice of David Chandler? Maybe. But the dramatization of the characters is not done well - especially the women.
The mysteries are pretty addictive!
This is one of my favorite Cork O'Conner books because of the background it provides for one of the great characters in the story: Henry Meloux. I highly recommend this book. It is tough to change narrators in the middle of the series, but it only took a few hours of listening to adjust to a new voice for characters that feel like old friends. If you've liked any of the books in this series, you will appreciate this one.
Glad I didn't listen to the criticism about the change in narrator. I almost decided to skip the books with him. Instead I took a break from listening one after another, and when I picked this one up I really enjoyed his reading. Plus, it's another intriguing story that I'm glad to have not missed.
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