Copper River

Narrated by: David Chandler
Series: Cork O'Connor, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,148 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Part Irish, part Native-American, Sheriff Cork O'Connor serves the remote territory of Tamarack County, Minnesota. But big trouble is brewing: a powerful man believes O'Connor killed his son. Now there's a price on the sheriff's head and a bullet in his leg. He finds refuge with his cousin, Jewell, and her teenage son, Ren, in their tiny Michigan town. But when Ren and his friends are threatened, O'Connor must risk his cover to find out why.

Copper River opens with a terrifying scene that sets the tone for the suspense that grows stronger with each succeeding chapter. The narrator's taut performance underscores O'Connor's vulnerability and his vigilance.

Author William Kent Krueger has won two Anthony Awards for his gripping Cork O'Connor mysteries. Set in remote areas of the northwest, each book in the series launches the Minnesota lawman into challenges that push his endurance to new limits.

©2006 William Kent Krueger (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"Krueger has moved to the head of the crime fiction class." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Minnesota has a become a hotbed of hard-boiled crime fiction, and the Cork O'Connor novels are among the best." (Booklist)

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Cork is on the run for his life!

I've been reading the Cork O'Connor series and I just can't get enough! Many of the books in the series could function as a stand-alone, but I would definitely read/listen to the book before this one as this is a continuation of that story. In the book before this, a powerful-and rich man loses a family member and now is looking to get revenge by taking Cork's life (and/or possibly Cork's son's (Stevie) life). Cork is injured, bu gets away and finds refuge with a cousin near "Copper River" in Minnesota up in the wilderness. We don't just get the benefit of another story involving our "hero" of the series, but also the enjoyment of a different location and some new characters including his long-lost family which includes a single mother and her young son, as well as a character who is a female-version of Cork. Cork must rebuild a relationship with his cousin, act as a father-figure to her son as well as try to get himself and his family out of the mess that was created from the book before. Think he can do it? How can he do it plus deal with all the matters that are occurring in his new location? The best way to find out is to read/listen to this book! What are you waiting for?!?!

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Great location, lots of local color, and all that could be done is a pervert book

This book started out fairly well, but it became a book about men that sexually abuse children. And then kill them. I am not a fan of stories about sexually abused children...or the mindless murder of children. Surely today's authors can experience success without exploiting children

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Great Series...

I am flying through this series. There is always a mystery within a mystery, complex and interesting. I pride myself on figuring out the "who done it" in movies, as well as books. These books keep me guessing and that is a good thing. Plus, the characters are becoming very important to me as they develop. Can't say enough good things!

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Great Book

Well William Kent Krueger did it agan with this great mistery. If you like misterys then you will like this one.

Roger

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Absolutely wonderful series!

Have listened to the first five books and they are wonderful. If you want a good clean language not a lot of sex, but just a all together great book this is a series for you. I intend to listen to all 17 and then I am going to listen to others by this author ! Haven't found something I have enjoyed this much in a long time.

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Solving Murders on the Run

Cork is on the run with a price on his head, suspected of murder himself . . . so he runs to his cousin, Jewell, in Michigan . . . where he finds little solace. The mystery continues to unfold, and its as good a story as the first books in the series.

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Best yet in the series

Thank goodness this book brought closure to the previous book in the series. And the introduction of wonderful and rich new characters was a delight. Couldn’t put this complex and well spun tale down. Highly recommend as a favorite

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good but not what I thought it would be

At the end of the last book, 'Mercy Falls', Cork has been accused by a Chicago mobster of killing his sons and a bounty has been put on his head, he's been shot, and he's on the lam to hide. I anticipated this book would be a continuation of the last with Cork being hunted with every stone being turned over to find him and him striving to avoid being killed.

And, while he was hiding at a cousin's on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan he finds himself drawn into a mystery of a local nature but you aren't really sure where the bounty hunters are or if they are maybe part of what's going on. The mob has a big reach and you are expecting them to pop up at any minute. In the end the local mystery and the mob hit both get cleared up but the bulk of the story is the setting and the local mystery.

Still it was another good story in the series. If you are a fan of the series you want to just keep moving on through the series, just like me.

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OUTSTANDING! All Around!

This wonderfully suspenseful, flirty, teasing story between Cork and his delightful assistant was refreshing. Cork remains a faithful family man while away from his wife and children without losing the ability to accept and respect a lovely "Jason Bourne"-type-abilities partner. This story was different. The loving and altruistic focus on a much neglected segment of our society was delightful. WKK portrayed youth truthfully while emphasizing their intelligence, resourcefulness and loyalty with great respect. I love all the mysteries so far, but I'd have to say this is one of my favorites.

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Beautifully Written Mystery

One of the things I love about this series is how well it is written. Krueger captures the visual beauty and menace of the North with its stunning vistas, quick change weather, and treacherous waters. Chandler's narrative is pitch perfect as it pulls in the accents and pacing of this area. The character complexity and developing narratives plus the deep humanity makes this a pleasure to read.

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