The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O’Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore, and locals at the Bad Bluff reservation believe it to be the work of the mythical Windigo. But the dead girl’s friend is also missing, and sheriff-turned-PI Cork O’Connor will brave any danger to bring her home.
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Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I love the characters in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. They are mostly back for this adventure, and, as always, adventure it is!
The story line involves rescuing girls of Ojibwe ancestry from the evils they often find when they run away from the reservation. As young as 13 or 14, they are often enticed into lives of prostitution and have nowhere to turn for safety. This brings Cork, along with Jenny and Henry and others, into the dangerous world of the Lake Superior docks in Duluth.
As is usually evident in this series, there's a spiritual element involving the "Windigo," a demon of myth and, in this case, a real man and his cohorts. Cork, Henry, and Jenny face physical danger and their personal devils and anxieties along the way.
So, the story moves along, and we are happy to be in the company of these people. My one concern is that Cork and his family (and extended family) have all become quite saintly. I miss the old conflict that Cork had with his wife. Henry has always served as the conscience of this world, and his spirituality and wisdom are believable and inspiring (although his physical exploits at nearly 100 stretch the imagination). I'm not quite ready to accept that all the characters have joined him in perfection.
Not sure where such flawless characters can go from here!
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It was enjoyable to listen to the story but the story itself was very dark.
Not quite on the edge but it certainly carries one along.
It is hard to name a favorite character as they are all great but Cork O'Connor, of course, as the main character is my husband's favorite.
A look into the underside of what happens to the young Native American girls who leave home.
This series of book by William Kent Krueger is my husband's favorite. We travel quite a bit so we listen to books in the car a good deal of the time and Cork O'Connor is his favorite.
An intense look at a side of Minnesota (and many places) that is less magical than most of what we expect in the lake country. Familiar characters develop well, and the villains and victims are realistic. The narration has a roughness that is appropriate for the story in which the characters really have to fight the Windigo.
I've read all the series, but this is probably my favorite. Intertwines the struggles and spirituality of the First People, while delivering a gripping (albeit fictional) story of the exploitation of girls - which happens everday, in every country.
As a women's health care worker, I am aware that 80% of sex trafficked women and children will present to a healthcare facility at some point during their trafficking.
Hats Off to William Kent Kreuger and David Chandler for an educational, entertaining, and compelling listen!
I guess this is the the end of Cork O'Connor series! I'm going to miss it because Windigo Island is one of the best with a lot action. With his daughter Jennie
Being a big part of the story. KRUEGER has other books that I will check out while I wait for his next O'conner book. Oh Chandler does a bad Indian voice.
My mom taught me to read when i was 3 and i've been reading ever since. I LOVE to read and now 'listen' to books.
Last Cork book for now. I'm going to miss him. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Some more than others. The subject of this one was heartbreaking and for 2 had a good end but how many don't get to be found. It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so evil in their treatment of those who are weak and vulnerable. Something animals don't have in them. It was nice too to see Jenny learn firsthand what her dad does. I always thought she and her mother always demeaned what he does. Oh, and I am sooooo glad I don't have to listen to Jo's constant selfish nagging anymore. All in all this is ONE SUPER SERIES and I can't wait for the next installment.
Not according to this reading. It's as if the recording was done in slow motion, and each word was pronounced as if he was reading it for the first time and did not want to make a mistake. I've listened to him before, and enjoyed the experience, but not this time. Fire the producer.
I disliked this book, but I wonder if it was because I REALY disliked the reading. But I also found the plot thin, characters two dimensional, and the story switched from a focus on the protagonist, our friend, Cork O'Conner, to that of his daughter, Jenny, - and then you really disliked her father as seen through her eyes. What a mess of a book.
Not really. Mostly the characters did not continue to develop and grow as they have in the previous books in this series.
An involving, frustrating, exciting story. Read by a masterful narrator.. Makes the case for the native need for cultural protection.
William Kent Kruger has crafted another Cort O'Conner mystery of high quality. For the characters that were in previous books, her has stayed true to their character. Really keeps you interested constantly.
I got hooked on this series a few months ago, and listened to a lot of them back-to-back. Most were interesting, but as the series progressed, I found myself getting a little annoyed with the 'visions' and references to the spirit world. I even found myself wishing that the old man Henry would bite the dust.
Mr. Krueger has gotten enough of my time. I'm done with this formula soap-opera
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