Cork O'Connor

16 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 10,994 ratings

Iron Lake 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Iron Lake

    • Cork O'Connor, Book 1
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,115
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,873
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,870

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good start to a mystery series

    • By L. O. Pardue on 11-17-11

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Boundary Waters

    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

    Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Somewhat of a disappointment

    • By Atticus on 07-10-15

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 3

    • Purgatory Ridge

    • A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 3
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 732

    William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale which has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the case after a heated town debate turns deadly. The local Anishinaabe Indian tribe is furious to discover that Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is after a grove of trees sacred to tribal lore. So when the mill gets bombed, killing a man, the tribe is blamed. But O’Connor has a different theory.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If you like Longmire...

    • By Kitty on 08-29-13

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

    • Blood Hollow

    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 748
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 626
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628

    After 17-year-old Charlotte Kane, the beautiful, brilliant, and brooding daughter of a rich widower, disappears on a drunken New Years' Eve snowmobile ride, a raging blizzard soon snuffs out all search efforts. When her body is found during the spring thaw four months later, preliminary evidence implicates her ex-boyfriend: Ojibwe bad-boy Solemn Winter Moon. But then a second Charlotte Kane turns up dead, and Cork isn't sure of anything any more.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Minnesota Mysteries Evolve

    • By Sara on 01-12-17

    Regular price: $36.37

  • Book 5

    • Mercy Falls

    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 498

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Giving Up

    • By Sara on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $32.87

  • Book 6

    • Copper River

    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 670
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 546
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 547

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great location, lots of local color, and all that could be done is a pervert book

    • By Allen Anthony on 01-17-16

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 7

    • Thunder Bay

    • A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 590
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 525
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 526

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Needs another narrator

    • By Patti on 03-27-13

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 8

    • Red Knife

    • Cork O'Connor, Book 8
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 486
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 426
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424

    When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • BAD CHOICE AS NARRATOR

    • By FRITZ STOOP on 01-10-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 9

    • Heaven's Keep

    • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 523

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best so far!

    • By John Morgan on 10-21-16

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 10

    • Vermilion Drift

    • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 477
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 402

    His first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room with the remains of six murder victims inside. Five appear to be nearly half a century old - connected to what the media had dubbed “The Vanishings,” a series of unsolved disappearances in the summer of 1964, when Cork’s father was sheriff in Tamarack County. But the sixth has been dead less than a week. What’s worse, two of the bodies - including the most recent victim - were killed using Cork’s own gun, one handed down to him from his father.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Cork O'Connor Mystery!!

    • By stone artist on 09-24-12

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 11

    • Northwest Angle

    • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 441
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436

    During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm. Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. And from outside comes the soft wail of an infant, abandoned in the brush....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not quite as riviting as others, but...

    • By karen on 11-22-11

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 12

    • Trickster's Point

    • A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 12
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392

    New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger has won numerous accolades for his books, including the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. In Trickster’s Point, the 12th suspenseful installment in Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, Cork is framed for the murder of Minnesota’s first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little. As Cork fights to clear his name and uncover the truth, he discovers that events from his own past may hold the key to the real killer’s identity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'm Just Saying...

    • By Carole T. on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 13

    • Tamarack County

    • Cork O'Connor, Book 13
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346

    William Kent Krueger is a New York Times best-selling author whose popular Cork O’Connor mysteries display an "intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and respect for Native American life" ( Publishers Weekly). In Tamarack County, former sheriff Cork O'Connor investigates the disappearance of a retired judge’s wife - and discovers the bloody aftermath of a 20-year-old crime.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not great

    • By Rusty on 09-13-13

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 14

    • Windigo Island

    • Cork O'Connor, Book 14
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 395
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394

    The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O’Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore, and locals at the Bad Bluff reservation believe it to be the work of the mythical Windigo. But the dead girl’s friend is also missing, and sheriff-turned-PI Cork O’Connor will brave any danger to bring her home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All Saints

    • By Carole T. on 09-05-14

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 15

    • Manitou Canyon

    • Cork O'Connor Mystery Series
    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 589
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 532
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533

    Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O'Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man's family to stay on the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love Cork

    • By Alice on 09-12-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 16

    • Sulfur Springs

    • By: William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313

    On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mr. Krueger you never fail to bring great stories. Thank you

    • By Barbara on 08-28-17

    Regular price: $27.99