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Iron Lake Audiobook

Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.

©1998 William Kent Krueger (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Krueger makes Cork a real person beneath his genre garments, mostly by showing him dealing with the needs of his two very different teenage daughters. And the author's deft eye for the details of everyday life brings the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sara 12-06-16
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    "A Frozen Minnesota Thriller"

    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 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.

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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-20-17
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "My new favorite series"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. It’s a bit like Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire books in that it features a (former) sheriff in the American West, strong female and Indian characters, and a tiny dash of mysticism. This is less funny but more thrilling — and it has inspired me to set aside the Longmire books for now to read these instead. What put it over the top for me was the way it still thrilled and kept you guessing long after you thought the mystery was solved. Bechdel test: Pass. Grade: A-

    The narration is perfect.

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    Maid in NM 10-04-17
    Maid in NM 10-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow! "

    Well worth the read! Grips you from the start and doesn't let go. Excellent book.

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    Peggy 09-22-17
    Peggy 09-22-17
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    "Love this "

    What a great book. It pulled me in and I couldn't stop listening. Very well narrated

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    shawn 06-06-17
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    "Not Ordinary Grace"

    I was expecting this to be like Kent's novel, Ordinary Grace, which I loved. I got half way through Iron Lake and abandoned it. It wasn't an innocent, uplifting story like Ordinary Grace... didn't pull at my heart strings. Just Meh.....

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    Ursula Ingram 03-11-17
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    "A good read!"

    Enjoyable, exciting, mysterious and sometimes a bit whimsical. I enjoyed the storyline, although it was a little predictable in parts. The characters are well developed. I'll be enjoying the second book in the series soon.

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    j 01-02-17
    j 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the characters and the reader"

    Awesome book, have listened to others in the series and had to go back to start from the beginning.. Highly recommend this author

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    Angie 12-07-16
    Angie 12-07-16
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    "GOT ME HOOKED!"
    If you could sum up Iron Lake in three words, what would they be?

    I Loved It


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, even though I couldn't I wanted to!


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to it again and again. Cannot wait to hear more of this series! Absolutely hooked on this series!

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    Rusty 10-29-16
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    "Engrossing Mystery, Mediocre Characters"

    I enjoyed Iron Lake when it was first published (almost 20 years ago), and was curious if my reaction would be different now that I have more life experience. Well, the older, wiser me still enjoyed the rural setting, Native American themes and suspense but thought the main characters should have been more believable and engaging.

    First, the marital background of Cork (40ish ex-sheriff) and his estranged wife Jo (attorney) was never really explained. After more than 15 years of marriage and 3 children, both Cork & Jo suddenly started having affairs without considering the impact on their children or careers. I couldn't relate to either spouse for most of the book.

    Second, Cork and Jo acted too stupid for supposedly being experienced professionals. Cork allowed a 10 year old Native boy to be blackmailed by the FBI into leading an expedition into the wilderness. Alarm bells anyone? You would think that a lawyer and former cop would be more suspicious & cautious rather than naïve & trusting of strangers,

    Since Iron Lake is the first in a long series, I will probably continue with the next few books to see if the main characters become more developed and likable. The narrator was excellent and the author showed potential.


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    AlinaBlina 10-12-16
    AlinaBlina 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lacks wisdom and depth"

    I listened to Manitou Canyon first and loved it. While Iron Lake was still a good, gripping listen, it felt a lot less mature and it's obvious that the author wrote this one earlier in his career. There are several love making scenes which feel cheap and B-movie-esque. Could do without those. Certain characters feel like bland stereotypes of people, especially Molly. Cork is too Indiana Jones somehow, too. The novel is entertaining but in a more superficial sort of way.

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