• Lightning Strike

  • Cork O'Connor Mysteries, Book 18
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the instant New York Times best seller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O’Connor series - a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.

Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota’s Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to 12-year-old Cork O’Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself.

Cork’s father, Liam O’Connor, is Aurora’s sheriff, and it is his job to confirm that the man’s death was the result of suicide, as all the evidence suggests. In the shadow of his father’s official investigation, Cork begins to look for answers on his own. Together, father and son face the ultimate test of choosing between what their heads tell them is true and what their hearts know is right.

In this masterful story of a young man and a town on the cusp of change, beloved novelist William Kent Krueger shows that some mysteries can be solved even as others surpass our understanding. 

©2021 William Kent Krueger (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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I've read all the Cork O'Connor books and enjoyed them for the Native American lore and wisdom woven all through some excellent stories. This one affected me on a deeper emotional level, maybe because it was a coming of age story about young Cork and his friends.

Highly recommend.

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another great story.

I pre-ordered this book because I had no doubt it would be another great story.

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One of the best

I have loved this whole series. This book sets the series up but also is standalone. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. The understanding of human nature and relationships is breathtaking

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Outstanding series

I'm sad that this series of books has come to an end ! I absolutely love them ! One of the best audio book series I've purchased.

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great, great book!

Loved every minute of it! Absolutely mesmerizing - explained so much about Cork's early life!

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I lived every moment of the story.

it was a very real story. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath with tension. good good story

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Is the best of the bunch

Tells us where Cork comes from. A guide for manhood, And for what what is thought of as adulthood .

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Intriguing and Eye Opening

Was surprised at who did it. Knew Indians were mistreated, but didn't realize to the extent.

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Great prequel

I have read a lot of this series. The performance is a well known to me as the characters. I would receive men’s this book to anyone

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Beauty of Indian knowledge mixed with the white views.

Beautifully done sharing of different ways of looking at a situation. Another wonderful book of his that I have enjoyed and learned from, as I always do with his books. Thank you. Looking forward to my next read with him.

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