Book Reviews of Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor, No 5)

Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor, No 5)
Mercy Falls - Cork O'Connor, No 5
Author: William Kent Krueger
ISBN-13: 9780743445894
ISBN-10: 0743445899
Publication Date: 6/27/2006
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor, No 5) on + 160 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Excellent story! The ending was definitely a surprise!
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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.
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Helpful Score: 1
I like the character of Cork O'Connor, for a sheriff, ex-sheriff, sheriff again--he can sure find a lot of problems. Good writing, just a little too long sometimes but nothing to put you off the story, highly recommend.
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I was enjoying this 4th entry in the Cork O'Connor series until the last disc. The "end" came out of nowhere and left me very dissatisfied. I have the same problem with Susan Hill's Simon Serrailer series. I think that books in a series should be able to stand on their own without leaving readers hanging at the end, I'll continue with the series, but this one was disappointing despite the appealing characters and setting.
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A great suspense read! William Kent Krueger will capture your attention and hold throughout this storyline. The ending actually segues into book No 6 in the Cork O'Connor series. Highly recommend.
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Cork O'Connor once again becomes sheriff of Tamarack County and is involved in a series of murders and attempted murders. The plot is complex and the read interesting. The reader can't help rushing to finish this read. My biggest problem is that the end left me hanging as Cork is on the run from authorities who think he is guilty. Since despise such endings this mystery became an ok or so so read for me.
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This review refers to the audio version.

#5 Cork O'Connor mystery set in northern Minnesota (and partially in Chicago in this book.) Cork, sheriff of Tamarack County, has two investigations to divide his time between. First, a sniper shoots one of his deputies--and the bullet was most likely meant for him. Although Marcia Dodds will recover, Cork feels a certain amount of guilt and wants to find out the reason for the attempted hit and who's responsible. But he also has to investigate the brutal death of Eddie Jacoby, a man from Chicago who is in town on business.

It turns out that Eddie is the half-brother of Ben Jacoby, an old flame of Jo's (Cork's wife) from college, part of a rich and powerful family who even fly in a 'security expert' to help. The threats against Cork continue, so he sends Jo and the kids to her sister Rose's in Chicago. Through a long and twisty tale, Cork, his team, Dina Willner (the security expert) chase clues and false trails in an attempt to find the bad guy.

It has been several years since I read the previous book in this series. I've tried hard to like it because the author is local and I used to live in the area the books take place in. The books have interesting stories and I do love the local flavor. Cork and his secondary characters are likable and interesting. And yet some niggling thing about these books always annoys the heck out of me. I still can't figure out what exactly bugs me, but it wasn't any different this time--even listening to the book in audio instead of reading in print didn't change things.

Part of it is the relationship between Cork and Jo, his wife. Something is just "off" there. Also, the plots seem kind of contrived. In this book--as with previous books in the series--the bad guy was very obvious to me from the time they entered the picture. A whole slew of red herrings didn't change my mind about that and I kept wanting to slap Cork upside the head for missing big clues. The plot seemed really stretched with way too many coincidences popping up.

And I absolutely HATE it when an author doesn't wrap up the story in the book at hand. Yes, there has to be some continuity from one book to the next, perhaps leaving questions about what happens to some aspect of the main character's personal life--but to totally omit a resolution to the crimes committed during the book, even if the 'answer' was known to a couple of people is just deplorable, IMO. Here's the deal: this cliffhanger, more than wanting me to go out and read the next book, makes me realize that I don't really care one way or another what happens. And whatever the mysterious "it" is that bugs me about this series, I'm going to listen to it and just stop right here. C-
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The fifth in the series featuring "Cork" O'Connor. O'Connor is back as sheriff in the small town of Aurora. On a routine domestic violence call with a deputy, the deputy is shot obviously mistaken for Cork. Other attempts on his life follow. Another murder, a client of Jo's (his wife) working on a contract on the reservation, seems unconnected at first. This story starts with a chapter titled "How It Ends". This foreshadowing, if that's what it's called, is my least favorite way to start a book. It irritates me enough that it affects how I think about the rest of the book; so I won't say anything more about it other than it also ends on something of a cliffhanger. A new reader could start here without problems, and in fact would miss some of the discrepancies I've found in the series by reading them too close together.