If you enjoy Craig Johnson, then William Kent Krueger is right up you alley. Both write the cold backcountry police procedural with folklore and the surrounding environment being as essential a character as anyone else mentioned in the storyline.
Cork OConnor and his attorney wife Jo are in the middle of a separation due to his downward spiral after losing an election to maintain his position as sheriff. Now out of the house and trying to keep an old run down seasonal restaurant afloat, Cork receives a call from a friend that is panicked over her missing son. Of course, there is more to the story, since Pauls last newspaper delivery was to the local judges home and now the judge has been found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Everyone but Cork is in a hurry to close this case, but there is something nagging at Cork. This suicide is tied up too neat and clean and that is just something that does not settle right with the ex-Sheriff in him.
Then one night it all comes to a boiling point. A Windigo is calling out names, ambitions fuel murder, secrets that should stay hidden are photographed for all to see and Cork is right there in the middle with an unlikely ally and a future that will undoubtedly be even more complicated then what he was bargaining for.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. There were a couple of loose ends left dangling and I am glad that Krueger did not wrap everything up in a neat little bow. This is a book that you have to let sit with you for a little while. You have to let the relationships float around in your brain and wonder aloud, what if or what about, before you can put the whole story to rest.
Well I think I just found my new favorite author. Chilling run and the plot and pace quickens as you rush to the end of the book! Amazing first book for author William Kent Krueger, you would have thought he had been writing for years! I like the style as he writes-throw in some Indian folklore from MN tribes as he refers to the Windigo-it sends shivers up your back on a cold night like Stephen King might, tangled mystery that makes you want to know who done it-with quirky characters like one of my other favorites Jonathan Kellerman, and a with a style and flair I can't compare to any others. Looking for a new favorite author I think I just found him for you. Kudo's to William Kent Krueger, I can't wait to read the next in the series as I love your main character Cork O'Connor, former sheriff of Aurora, he has flaws, faults, and hidden skeletons in his closet, but throughout the book I found myself liking him and rooting for him right to the very end!!!!
This is the first book in the Cork O'Connor series and it fills in all the details of Cork's life in Aurora. What wonderful descriptions he gives of the area and people that set the stage for a suspenseful mystery. what a great start and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
In this first of a series, Chicago cop Cork O'Connor and his lawyer-wife Jo have moved back to his northern Minnesota hometown of Aurora to improve their quality of life. It didnt work. They split and Jo is working for Indian tribal rights while Cork is running a diner and gift shop, sleeping with the hired help, and wanting to get back with his wife and daughters. A former judge apparently commits suicide, an Indian newsboy disappears, and Cork is drawn into the mystery in conflict with the newly elected sheriff, wife Jo and her lover (the judges son), as well as local tribal leaders. Theres plenty of plot and this appears to be a solid basis for the series.
Excellent book! I've read all his books and each one is a page-turner. Minnesota author and his books are set in Minnesota. If you are from MN you will recognize many names and places. Also a lot of Native American perspective.
This book is the first in the series. A friend of mine gave me book 7 so I thought I'd start with book 1. I'm enjoying reading this series so far. The main character is interesting to me since he is 1/2 Irish and 1/2 Native American. I learned a few things from this book also.
Very engaging mystery, the vivid sense of the northern Minnesota setting being the strongest thing about it, and there also some very tense and exciting parts including the climax. First in a series featuring Cork O'Connor. I recommend it although I couldn't really get into the 2nd one and didn't finish it. Perhaps the rest ofthe series will be as good as this first one.
The mystery in this book is not particularly surprising, but there is a great sense of place and a foreboding atmosphere. Cork's resentment over losing the sheriff's office, his guilt about his marriage, his love for his children all come through very clearly. I thought Krueger's story of why Cork was recalled was too easy on the character; if that scene were in the news today I don't think public sentiment would swing away from the sheriff, and I don't see a current lawman having so much guilt over it. IMO anyway. I liked how Cork inserted himself into the murder investigations and charged right along as though he were still the sheriff; that the current sheriff let him do it was also interesting. A welcome departure from the mystery stereotype is that Cork does not become a suspect himself, although it's thrown out there, nothing comes of it.
All in all, while the mystery itself and some of the characters were a bit stereotypical, the scene-setting and character building are excellent. I finished the book in about 5 hours without effort, so it zooms right along. Very easy to see why this has become a successful series.
Just discovered this series, read this first book in the series and love it. Krueger can make you feel how cold it is by his discriptions of the weather and how warm the homes are. The characters are well drawn and flawed - just like real life. Am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Really good read. At first, I was a bit overwhelmed with so many characters and situations, but about 10 chapters in, that confusion was eliminated.
This book encompasses a lot of things, The Windigo legend, an Indian Reservation and a casino, politics and cops, white man against Indian, infidelity, blackmail and a beautiful snowy Minnesota setting. Once you get into it, its a great read!