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William W. Miller
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat continuing character series....
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018
Just finished another good/great Cork O'Connor mystery (vol 3 in the series). And our boy Cork is almost forced into a supporting role in this one with wife Jo taking more of a central figure role. But that's fine. These stories are very much about family and that comes through the writing very nicely. Good mystery and ultimate antagonist not reveled until final few pages. Worth the read for sure. On to Volume 4. I'm sure you don't have to read these books in order but I am, and am enjoying the journey.
Began reading the first in the series now addicted. I hooked my wife and we book together. If you are a Minnesotan or familiar w/ the state you have an extra treat in hearing familiar names,customs,and institutions. This writer does his home work. I think the book was written for me/us. How did he know our interests? Native american culture and history based in reality. Writing so you feel,smell, and see what is happening with twist and turns that boggle and defy who did it. Kruger does not play fair! Better than Fargo - hear that FX.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
"Purgatory Ridge" is another engaging O'Connor sage, but not as good as the first 2. The ending is somewhat predictable, but it's still a page turner. I'll continue with this series because I like the locales and the characters. Being a big city person, it's refreshing to read books that take place in a small town where everyone practically knows everyone - and some of those people are bad.
I am reading all of his Cork O'Connor stories in order, and I absolutely love each story as much or more than the last. The only problem I have with the book is the amount of sleep I am losing. My job performance is suffering as well, but I don't care. Life is short, and I enjoy these stories so much. He constructs his characters so well, I feel like I know them. And he still surprises me throughout the plots. He is superb!
This is the third book in this series that I've read. Each one gets a little better. It's great watching (reading) an author grow. I find the "Cork O'Connor Series" entertaining and suspenseful. A quick read, but not insulting to one's intelligence. I'm sure I'll continue reading the rest of the series.
This author takes the same small town in far northern Minnesota and the same lead character, who is in or on the fringe of being sheriff all the time, and creates novel stories each time, more than a dozen of them. I always rate them 4 stars, taking one off for minor imperfections such as a few too many named characters for the average reader to remember the basic facts about each of them until they've read 3 or 4, occasional very minor slips on grammar or technical issues (though he's almost flawless on the latter and covers a dozen technical fields e.g., guns, fly fishing, mining, shipping). Unlike other top serial writers e.g., Lee Child, he has so far resisted the temptation to let a ghostwriter step into his shoes for a whole book (or to write a book that looks as if a ghostwriter did it). And his hero has enough human flaws to be more real than most serial heros. May he keep up the good work!
If you are looking for fun reading about Cork solving crimes, this dud ain't it. This book was at best disappointing. The author threw in a forest fire to jazz the plot some, but it's a stinker. Look elsewhere to entertainment.
2.0 out of 5 starsNot a lot to recommend this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2019
A fairly drawn-out & tedious read, not as good as previous offerings from this author. I found the frequent references to native American wisdom irritating & the story line implausible. In fact, the final twist was preposterous - and entirely unnecessary, adding nothing at all to the outcome.