William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country -- and reveals... show more
William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country -- and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal. As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 1st 1999
Publisher: Pocket Star
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Cork O'Connor (#1)
What I enjoyed most about this book was the strong sense of place and season - I could almost feel the clean cold of winter and the purging heat of the sauna - and the clarity and credibility of the various candidates for the "he did it" role. The central character, Cork O'Connor, a white skinned,...
This was the book selected by my Mystery & Suspense group for discussion this month. I’d never heard of the author or this series and my group came through yet again in selecting a really good story.Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. He’s separated from his wife, ha...
My Goodreads guy friends really liked this and while I wasn't encouraged to read it, I noticed they gave it a high rating. So I happily followed. Anything cold, freezing, snowy, well, they're just not in my sphere of knowledge. And I'm cold natured anyway so was freezing ass cold from page one to p...
Maybe a 3.5. I like the literate writing, the setting, the characters, and the Native American take on things. Not a cozy, and not a police procedural. Cork is the ex-sheriff with a huge chip on his shoulder and a talent for getting into harm's way. But he is likeable and people talk to him. He can ...
Surpisingly good book that traces murders and goings-on in a small town in upper Minnesota. I very much enjoyed the main character of Cork who was a former sheriff going through a separation and divorce from his wife. I enjoyed the character development and felt the pains and joys he went through....