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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author William Kent Krueger thrills millions with this Anthony Award-winning entry in his compelling series that already includes Anthony Award winners Iron Lake and Blood Hollow. Still troubled by an ambush that leaves his deputy lingering near death, Sheriff Cork O'Conner must investigate the mutilation murder of a Chicago businessman. Soon Cork finds himself distracted by the lovely female shadowing him and the handsome man stalking his wife.
©2005 William Kent Krueger; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC

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Giving Up

I have loved this series up until this title but this book is so violent that I can't continue listening. Only for readers not disturbed by graphic violence.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Just Keeps Getting Better

Krueger's beautiful prose gracefully elevates the suspense. Great story and character development.
Narrator is not really in the same league.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Hate a book that doesn't have a clean conclusion

Good until the end, then it leaves the listener hanging. I will have to read the next one, I suppose.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Series...

Normally, I just stick with the authors that I am familiar with and love. I am a huge fan of Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, Vince Flynn and John Grisham. In between their books, I will try a new author, however I rarely invest in a new series. I started this series a few weeks ago because nothing new from my favorite authors was available. I started from the beginning and am now on book six. Mercy Falls is book five. I am sure that I will get them all because I am now invested in Cork and his family.

Something to be said about starting a series that has so many books already published, is that you can go from one book right on to the next without that long wait in between. I as so glad that I gave this author a chance. I am surprised that more people haven't purchased these books. I love them

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 12-27-13

Cliff Hanger with Cork

My husband and I love this series by William Kent Krueger and usually "save" them for a long road trip to visit one of our kids. This one was no exception. Mercy Falls is number five in the series, and by this time we have grown to know and love the characters, the territory and the Indian legends. Cork is always the good guy, and in this book, he is once again sheriff, a job he both loves and hates. The ending is a cliff hanger . . . and my husband and I don't think we will be able to wait for our drive back home to start book six.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really - just didn't sit well with me.

Would you ever listen to anything by William Kent Krueger again?

Yes - but taking a break for now

What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

I like David Chandler - he does a great job.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Cork and his wife seemed to be acting out of character and I didn't like the segue into the changes into Rose's life, whatever. Will take a break for now and the next book is not getting good narrator reviews. Up to this book I have enjoyed the series, but something about this one didn't set right with me -

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Overall but incomplete.

Both my wife and I agree that we do not like endings which are designed to get you to the next novel. This one left us feeling incomplete.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Denise
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 11-12-17

Cliffhanger!!!

Got the next book right away and I hope they finish this story line because I identify very strongly with David Chandler and Cork!!

As always William Kent Krueger with David Chandler is wonderful. Together they make the book feel very intense and personal.

Start from book one, I think this series is best in done in order. Definitely worth a credit!!

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Enough with the family already.

Cork O'Connor is once again the sheriff of Tamarack County and when a bullet meant for him sends one of his officers to the hospital instead, Cork is determined to find the culprit, but his time is split between cases. A man working to secure a management contract with the local casino was found murdered out on lover's lane not two nights after the attack on Cork.

Two strange cases in two days. For a man who doesn't believe in coincidence, Cork can't believe these two occurrences aren't related, but he can't see how they could be either. Not until the dead man's brother comes out to Aurora to pick up the body and Cork finds out he was once engaged to his wife. The temps may be cooling off in Tamarack County, but the intrigue is just getting ready to heat up.

I like these books and am continuing through the series. The ending is what keeps this from being a five star read for me. It trails off more than it ends. Maybe I'll get closure in the next book, but I don't like that. I want things settled. I'm also tired of things happening to his family.

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Always a good read

I always enjoy listening to what happens to Corkrin O'Connor. I cannot wait until the next one!