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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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  • Roger
  • webster, TX, United States
  • 12-19-10

Great Book

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

Roger

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynda
  • Waseca, MN, United States
  • 08-04-15

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?!?!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 12-31-13

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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  • William
  • Oakwood, GA, USA
  • 03-12-07

Great

This is one of the best I have Read

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 12-04-17

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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Don't Change the Narrator

I have listened to and enjoyed every book in this series up to this one when they changed the narrator. That's one of the most disappointing things that they do in a series, and is normally a deal killer for me.

I notice that about book 11 David Chandler is brought back as narrator, so I may just skip the ones in between.

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Best one yet!

Running from the hitmen sent after him by an angry and confused father, Cork takes a bullet in the leg. Unable to go to a hospital, he falls back on family in the form of a cousin, Jewell Dubois, who just happens to be a veterinarian. Holed up at her wilderness resort, he hopes to lay low while the police prove that he wasn't the one who killed Lou Jakobi's son.

But this is Cork O'Connor we're talking about. Ren, Jewell's son, is with a couple of friends when one of them sees a body floating down Copper River. No one else sees it and Ren is more inclined to think it was a log, but then his friend Charlie's father is found bludgeoned to death, and Charlie is missing. Two days later, his other friend, Stash, is hit by a car. Is someone coming for him next?

This takes up where the last book seemed to leave us hanging over the abyss of unfinished story land. I started this while driving out of town and as luck would have it, hadn't downloaded the second half of the book! I almost cried. Copper River is one of the best books in the series so far - I love the intensity of family and friendship this work includes. The action isn't bad either. Hopefully Jewell and Ren will return in another book.

The narrator for this series is a good fit. You really feel like it's Cork O'Connor you're listening tell the tale.