This was a complex, well written and at times just plain terrifying first book in a series set around Christmas time in ice cold Minnesota. Don't get..Show More » me wrong--Christmas is woven into the book but this isn't a Christmas story. For me, it was perfectly timed for a cold December listen. Chandler did an excellent job with the narration. I really loved the way he captured all the different characters and voices. His timing was perfect.
The descriptions of Native American myths and lore were fantastic. The characters were fully developed and had real depth. Heart pounding, fast paced, keep you guessing storytelling captured a sense of isolation, disappointment and the need for strength in the hunt for truth. Do be aware that the book contains strong themes of evil and considerable violence.
A favorite quote from the book for me was "we have been rabbits--it's time we became a scarier animal". I can see why people love this series. Looking forward to book two.
An Engaging But Violent Wilderness Outdoor Mystery
Ok so to be honest I was surprised by the level of violence in this entry in the Cork O'Connor Series. Krueger really makes his villains evil--so pre..Show More »pare yourself for some nasty dealings. I know that the contrast is needed to show just what a great guy Cork is--but really some parts were over the top. I have to say up front that my favorite aspect of this series is when Cork's family and neighbors all take more central roles. I also think that the author writes of native American folklore and the wild beauty of Minnesota perfectly.
To my mind there were a few boggy spots involving the plot as the story progressed. I also found myself stuck with about 3 hours to go in the book and couldn't move forward. Maybe it was all the destruction and violence? Not sure, but I had to take a break. I went off and listened to Hillbilly Elegy (eyeopening and harrowing) and Louise Penny's The Long Road Home (really soggy and ultra slow). I found that when I returned to finish Boundary Waters I had a renewed interest and in the end all was not lost.
I will continue with the series and try the next book. Do be aware that if violence disturbs you this book might just be too much. I hope that the balance found in the first book of the series, which I really enjoyed, returns. Recommended with reservations.
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 you..Show More »rself 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.
So I finished book three--Purgatory Ridge and this book number four--Blood Hollow as back to back post holiday listening. I thought the third book in..Show More » the series was really well written and very engaging. However, to me, it was also very sad. Krueger really captured the fragility of life and families and the loneliness that can exist in the midst of community.
This fourth book returns strongly to life in Aurora and focuses much more on Cork and his family and their day to day existence. Be aware that there is still a sense of angst and a strong feeling of how little neighbors often really know one another. Krueger really captures community conflict, Native American beliefs, religious thought and the natural beauty of wild Minnesota.
To me this is a multidimensional and complex series which weaves together many disparate people, concepts and ideas. At times it can feel a bit over done--a bit far fetched--but in the end I think there is a strong storyline with a high degree of consistency from book to book. Recommended if you like mysteries with depth and a solid sense of regional setting and atmosphere.
Do be aware that while the author takes on difficult topics, Krueger's writing engages, and he paints beautiful word pictures and images with his storytelling. Unusual for a thriller/mystery.
Normally, I just stick with the authors that I am familiar with and love. I am a huge fan of Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, Vince Flynn and John Grisham. ..Show More »In between their books, I will try a new author, however I rarely invest in a new series. I started this series a few weeks ago because nothing new from my favorite authors was available. I started from the beginning and am now on book six. Mercy Falls is book five. I am sure that I will get them all because I am now invested in Cork and his family.
Something to be said about starting a series that has so many books already published, is that you can go from one book right on to the next without that long wait in between. I as so glad that I gave this author a chance. I am surprised that more people haven't purchased these books. I love them
Consistency, Continuity, Talent with Voices. When signing a narrator for a series, the author or his agent should actually listen to the candidate..Show More »s. 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.
I am working through all the titles by Krueger. I listen mostly in the car while driving. I can tell when I'm hooked on the story by whether I get out..Show More » of the car when I get home or if site in the driveway and continue to listen. It doesn't happen with all his books but this one it did. Very good
Great mystery and full of suspense. The historic information and the suspense keep you wanting for more. The characters are great. Have recommended Co..Show More »rk O'Connor books to nearly anyone who will listen. This is another of the great stories William Kent Krueger brings to life in the character of Cork O'Connor!
I love the William Kent Kreuger books, if for no other reason that the setting is nearly home territory for me. As a kid, I spent summers in this are..Show More »a, so I can picture most of the places he mentions. One thing surprised me -- at a couple of points, Kreuger has his characters swimming for hour after hour in Lake of the Woods. Seems to me that even in summer, that water was pretty darn cold. I cede to his greater knowledge, I guess, over my memory. But really? Could all these people, non-professional swimmers -- not trained, not the kind of people who regularly challenge the English Channel or San Francisco Bay -- really be able to spend hours in that water without ill effects? I wonder about that.
Then too, usually these books are totally engrossing, I'm always completely unable to find a place to stop. This one wasn't that, so much. A different kind of book. It had its moments, certainly, but there was more emphasis here on the nature of love and belonging than there was on creating a thriller. Or so I thought. Still, a good book -- Christians and lovers of Indian lore will love it, certainly.
Others have criticized the narrator -- and I have to say I sympathize a bit. Certainly the attempt at a Minnesota accent went flat, and I cringed all the way through at his odd pronounciation of the word "baby", a word that seemed to appear in darn near every sentence. (Who can possibly manage to mispronounce that word?) By the end, though, I'd come to terms with it.
All in all, I'd buy it again. Not quite a standard Kreuger, but plenty fine, anyway.
Although I enjoyed this book in general, I believe that William Kent Krueger has committed a real author's no-no here. Regular fans of this series (an..Show More »d I am definitely one) will wonder why, if Cork O'Connor has been such a close friend of his Congressman for all these years, he didn't call on him to help when his wife Jo was missing - when he was so desperately looking for anyone who could exert influence in finding a missing airplane. Why is such a prominent man who was evidently a big part of Cork's youth (and a continuing hunting buddy) a totally new character to us in the 12th book?
This glaring problem aside, "Trickster's Point" is a pretty solid entry in the series. It lacks the blazing action that has opened the last few O'Connor adventures, but the mystery here is an intriguing one. Although I believe most of us will have the who-done-it figured out before the reveal, it's still a riveting story. Cork's strong family values are still front and center, and he continues to present Ojibwe characters and culture in interesting ways. The narrator is terrific.
I've enjoyed this series, but lately the books are not as exceptional. Case in point, Cork's children are older but there is no real character develo..Show More »pment; a teen age boy who is interested in girls - big surprise, a daughter who adopted a baby - wonderful but what about her career & social life and another daughter who is studying to become a nun but just realizes that she is gay when she is twenty something???. Then Cork is involved with a woman for years but he's not sure if it's serious so he jumps in bed with the first attractive woman he meets - not what we would expect from a mature father & grandfather in a small town. While a well written murder mystery is important, an interesting cast of believable characters are what drive me to read book after book in a series. I was disappointed when the book ended and I didn't learn anything new about the O'Connor family.
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 sto..Show More »ry 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!
I've never really been into this genre of book. Then I read "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Kruger and I went hunting for any other books by him. Tha..Show More »t is how I got introduced to Cork O'Conner and I was hooked. I love how Mr. Kruger writes. He draws you into their lives and you feel like you know them. They are flawed, but that's part of why I love them. He always spins a good tale. I also appreciate that the characters grow and age as the series progresses. And David Chandler! He is the perfect narrator for this series. There were some in the middle done by a different narrator and I had to force myself to listen. David Chandler is my narrator crush. He makes each character sound distinct without it being a distraction. I can't wait for the next Cork O'Conner! (And if you haven't read Ordinary Grace, do it now).