BOOKS

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Windigo Island by William Kent KruegerWINDIGO ISLAND
Atria Books Hardcover 2014, ISBN 978-1476749235
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When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case.

But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody’s talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. In Duluth, Minnesota, he learns from an Ojibwe social worker that both Duluth and the Twin Cities are among the most active areas in the US for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Cork realizes he’s not only up against those who control the lucrative sex enterprise—he must also battle government agencies more than willing to look the other way.

Yet Cork holds tight to his purpose—Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl at the heart of this grotesque web, who is still missing and whose family is desperate to get her back. With only the barest hope of saving her, Cork prepares to battle men whose evil rivals that of the bloodthirsty Windigo and who are as powerful, elusive, and vengeful as the dark spirit Michi Peshu.

Praise for Windigo Island:

"Edgar winner Krueger highlights the vulnerability of Native American youth in his excellent 14th Cork O'Connor novel... Krueger paints a vivid picture of the sordid cycle of poverty, abuse, alcoholism, and runaway (or throwaway) children on the reservation, and reminds us of the evil of men all too willing to exploit the innocent."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Krueger’s latest in the Cork O’Connor series set around Lake Superior and northern Minnesota is a punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction… Krueger has written an investigative novel as blistering and crucial in its indictments of contemporary evil as The Jungle."
Booklist (starred review)

 

Tamarack County by William Kent KruegerTAMARACK COUNTY
Atria Books Hardcover 2013, ISBN 978-1451645750
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2014, ISBN 978-1451645774
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As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road in Tamarack County. After days of fruitless effort, the search-and-rescue team has little hope that she’ll be found alive, if at all. Cork O’Connor, former sheriff and now private investigator, is part of that team.

Early on, Cork notices small things about the woman’s disappearance that disturb him. But when the beloved pet dog of a friend is brutally killed and beheaded, he begins to see a startling pattern in these and other recent dark occurrences in the area. After his own son comes close to peril, Cork understands that someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old, for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison.

With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere behind the blind of all that darkness and drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work. And Cork has only hours to stop it before his family and his friends pay the ultimate price for the sins of others.

Praise for Tamarack County:

"…a winter’s tale that will both break and warm the reader’s heart."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Award Nominations:
The Minnesota Book Award (WINNER!)
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) (WINNER!)

 

Ordinary Grace by William Kent KruegerORDINARY GRACE
Atria Books Hardcover 2013, ISBN 978-1451645828
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2014, ISBN 978-1451645859
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A New York Times Bestseller

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"That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word."

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

Praise for Ordinary Grace:

"A novel that transforms narrator and reader alike."
Kirkus (starred review)

"…elegiac, evocative… a resonant tale of fury, guilt, and redemption."
Publishers Weekly

"Pitch-perfect... I loved this book."
—Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, Shutter Island, The Given Day

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Award Nominations:
Edgar® Award for Best Novel (WINNER!)
Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for Best Fiction (WINNER!)
Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller
Dilys Award (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association) (WINNER!)
Left Coast Crime "Squid" Award for Best Mystery Set Within the United States (WINNER!)
Barry Award for Best Novel (WINNER!)
Anthony Award for Best Novel (WINNER!)
Macavity Award for Best Novel (WINNER!)

 

Trickster's Point by William Kent KruegerTRICKSTER'S POINT
Atria Books Hardcover 2012, ISBN 978-1451645675
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2013, ISBN 978-1451645712
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A New York Times Bestseller

Cork O'Connor is sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster's Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. Beside him is the first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little, who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bow hunting, this is no accident. The arrow in the governor's heart belongs to Cork.

When he becomes the primary suspect in the murder, Cork understands full well that he's been set up. As he works to clear his name and track the real killer, he recalls his long, complex relationship with Jubal, the Native kid who aspired to be a populist politician and grew to become a cunning man capable of treachery and murder. As Cork looks deeply into his own past, he comes face to face with the many motives, good and ill, that lead men and women into the difficult, sometimes deadly, political arena.

With crisp writing filled with the twists and turns his fans have come to expect, Krueger delivers another knockout novel of suspense.

Praise for Trickster's Point:

"Krueger’s intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and respect for Native American life, ancient and modern, provide an intricate setting for this gem of a mystery."
Publishers Weekly

"In addition to having a plot as cunningly treacherous as Trickster's Point itself, Krueger's latest mystery has that elegiac tone that's perfectly suited to O'Connor's character and to the harsh landscape where he lives and works."
Booklist

Award Nominations:
Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for Best Fiction

 

Northwest Angle by William Kent KruegerNORTHWEST ANGLE
Atria Books Hardcover 2011, ISBN 978-1439153956
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2012, ISBN 978-1439153963
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A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Next Pick
A Heartland Bestseller

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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. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.

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Praise for Northwest Angle:

"William Kent Krueger can't write a bad book. Northwest Angle is one of his best. A complex crime novel that contains meditations on the difficulties of loving and the paths we take to reach God, this Cork O'Connor novel has everything you want in a great read: depth, action, and credibility."
—Charlaine Harris, NYT bestselling author

"…part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller… Catch-your-breath suspense throughout."
Booklist

"Solid storytelling and intriguing characterizations combine for a sobering look at the power of family and faith and Native American culture. Krueger never writes the same book twice as each installment finds him delving deeper into Cork's psyche."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"...well-written and suspenseful."
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"...what began as a beautifully written thriller is transformed into a tale of selfless love, redemption and hope, without losing an iota of the suspense promised at its inception."
BookReporter

Award Nominations:
The Minnesota Book Award
The 2012 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award

 

Vermilion Drift by William Kent KruegerVERMILION DRIFT
Atria Books Hardcover 2010, ISBN 978-1439153840
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2011, ISBN 978-1439153871
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When the Department of Energy puts an underground iron mine on its short list of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork is hired as a security consultant. Deep in the mine during his first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims. Five appear to be nearly half a century old—connected to what the media once 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...

Praise for Vermilion Drift:

"Krueger’s superlative 10th novel… succeeds on every level and ought to attract the author a deservedly wide readership."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Krueger fans will find a feast in between these covers, and for those who have yet to sample his fine and evocative writing, the book offers a complex yet completely believable plot, all tied up in words sharpened by one of the modern masters of the craft."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Well written and a suspenseful tale... with good dialogue, a captivating and shocking story, and some twists to keep you glued to the pages. Highly recommended."
Romantic Times Review

"Krueger has written a deceptively intricate novel of suspense and mystery that transcends the mystery genre."
—Margaret Coel, NYT bestselling author of The Spider's Web

Award Nominations:
The Minnesota Book Award
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA)

 

Heaven's Keep by William Kent KruegerHEAVEN'S KEEP
Atria Books Hardcover 2009, ISBN 978-1416556763
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2010, ISBN 978-1416556770
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When the charter plane carrying Jo O'Connor goes down in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains during an early winter snowstorm, Cork rushes to join the search and rescue effort. He's soon drawn into a dangerous web of deceit and corruption that takes him to the rugged, isolated outback of Wyoming and forces him into deadly confrontations with law officers on the take, Indians with expensive secrets to hide, and cold-blooded hit men with a contract to fulfill. In the midst of the danger and deception lies the hope that Jo's disappearance was not the last of her, and that somewhere along the labyrinthine path of his search, perhaps in the dark shadow of the mountainous and formidable Heaven's Keep itself, Cork will find her alive and waiting for him...

Praise for Heaven's Keep:

"One of today's automatic buy-today-read-tonight series... thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless. Krueger hits the sweet spot every time."
—Lee Child, bestselling author of Gone Tomorrow

"A powerful crime writer at the top of his game."
—David Morrell, bestselling author of The Shimmer

"There's a reason why William Kent Krueger is known as a writer's writer. His stories are works of art, literary wonders that beautifully capture a sense of place while they deliver a powerful emotional punch."
—Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of The Keepsake


Red Knife by William Kent KruegerRED KNIFE
Atria Books Hardcover 2008, ISBN 978-1416556749
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN 978-1416556756

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Caught in a battle between a gang of Ojibwe youths called the Red Boyz, and angry whites led by a man bent on revenge, Cork O’Connor fights desperately to restore peace to Tamarack County. But drawn into committing the darkest of deeds himself, Cork is forced to confront an awful truth: Violence is a hunger in every human heart...

Praise for Red Knife:

"Cork O'Connor... is one of those hometown heroes you rarely see... anymore—someone so decent and true, he might restore his town's battered faith in the old values."
New York Times

"Racial tensions fuel Krueger's outstanding ninth Cork O'Connor mystery, which delivers everything its predecessors like Thunder Bay have promised—and more."
Publishers Weekly

"The Cork O'Connor mysteries are known for their rich characterizations and their complex stories with deep moral and emotional cores. This one is no exception... If you don’t know Cork O'Connor, get to know him now."
Booklist

Award Nominations:
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA)
Anthony Award

 

Thunder Bay by William Kent KruegerTHUNDER BAY
Atria Books Hardcover 2007, ISBN 0-7432-7841-0
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN 978-1439157824

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The promise, as I remember it, happened this way.

With these words, Cork O'Connor begins the story of a promise he will always regret.  Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, he 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?

With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. When a murder attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north across the border. But why would Wellington want his father dead? This question takes Cork on a journey through time as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventures in the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, where his love for a beautiful woman, far outside his culture, led him into a trap of treachery, greed, and murder...

Praise for Thunder Bay:

"The deftly plotted seventh Cork O'Connor novel represents a return to top form... [T]he action builds to a violent and satisfying denouement."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Thunder Bay has everything that William Kent Krueger's longtime fans have come to expect in this lovely series—and everything it needs to entice new readers into the fold. Steeped in place, sweetly melancholic in tone, it braids together multiple stories about love, loss and family. The result is a wholly satisfying novel that is over almost too soon."
—Laura Lippman, bestselling author of What the Dead Know

Award Nominations:
Dilys Award (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association) (WINNER!)
Lovey Award (Love is Murder Conference), Best PI/Police Procedural category (WINNER!)
The Minnesota Book Award (WINNER!)
Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) (WINNER!)
Anthony Award

 

Copper River by William Kent KruegerCOPPER RIVER
Atria Books Hardcover 2006, ISBN 0-743-27840-2
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN: 978-1439157817

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Copper River finds Cork O'Connor running for his life from professional hit men who have already put a bullet through his leg. Desperate, he finds sanctuary outside a small town called Bodine on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in an old resort owned by his cousin, Jewell DuBois. Though Jewell, a bitter widow whose husband may have been killed by cops, keeps Cork at arm's length, her fourteen-year-old son, Ren, is looking for a friend. But being a father figure to Ren will prove more difficult than Cork could possibly imagine...

Praise for Copper River:

"Copper River, like each of the previous entries in the Cork O'Connor series, is a riveting thriller rich in character, incident, insight, textured plotting, and evocative prose that captures the lore and rhythms of life—and the pain and sadness of death—in America's heartland. It's a novel to be savored, and one that makes the reader eager for the next installment. William Kent Krueger may just be the best pure suspense novelist working today."
—Bill Pronzini, author of the Nameless Detective series and Blue Lonesome

"This series gets darker and more elegantly written with every book. Minnesota has a become a hotbed of hard-boiled crime fiction, and the Cork O'Connor novels are among the best."
Booklist

"The locale of the story is as much of a character in the plot as the people. The beauty of the uninhabited woods and the lake—they are all part of the mysterious aura surrounding the novel. As in his previous novels, the author deftly presents the reader with wonderfully drawn, intensely believable characters. We care about them and about what happens to them... Krueger writes most extraordinary books."
Reviewing the Evidence

Award Nominations:
The Minnesota Book Award (WINNER!)
Named the Honor Book in Fiction at the 2007 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards

 

Mercy Falls by William Kent KruegerMERCY FALLS
Atria Books Hardcover 2005, ISBN 0-743-44588-0
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN 978-1439157800

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In the fifth installment of the multi-award-winning Cork O'Connor series, Sheriff Corcoran O'Connor of Tamarack County, Minnesota finds himself stalked by an unknown assailant bent on putting a bullet through his heart.  At the same time, he's trying to solve the high-profile death of a wealthy Chicago businessman found brutally murdered above the turbulent waters of Mercy Falls. When a powerful man with a mysterious attachment to O'Connor's wife arrives in town, Cork's personal life is suddenly in the crosshairs as well. Fighting for his life and for the life of his family, Cork struggles desperately to understand before it's too late how all the pieces of this deadly puzzle fit together...

Praise for Mercy Falls:

"Fast-paced action and William Kent Krueger's ability to weave multiple plot threads without a tangle make his new novel, Mercy Falls, a page-turner. Crime and complex family dynamics combine to create a novel that will keep the reader guessing through the final pages of the tale."
Denver Post

"Cork, the sharp-witted small-town sheriff, continues to be an engaging and sympathetic series anchor; likewise, Krueger's depiction of rural America and the cultural differences among its residents remains compassionate and authentic. Not just for fans of the series, the novel is a smart and satisfying mystery on its own."
Booklist

"This is a bold and inspired addition to the series, which will have readers clamoring for the next one, and frustrated with the wait."
—Once Upon A Crime Mystery Bookstore

"His life and his marriage in peril, Cork tries to save both as the plot twists and turns to a sad and calamitous resolution on Chicago's affluent North Shore. Krueger manages all this with aplomb, creating sympathetic characters, building the suspense and making it believable."
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[S]olid, action-packed procedural… another dynamic entry in this popular series."
Publishers Weekly

Award Nominations:
Anthony Award (WINNER!)
The Minnesota Book Award
Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
The Barry Award

 

Blood Hollow by William Kent KruegerBLOOD HOLLOW
Atria Books Hardcover 2004, ISBN 0-7434-4586-4
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN 978-1439157794

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When the corpse of a teenage girl is discovered on a hillside three months after her disappearance on New Year's Eve, all evidence points to her boyfriend, Solemn Winter Moon. Despite Solemn's self-incriminating decision to go into hiding, Cork O'Connor, Aurora's part-Irish, part-Ojibwe former sheriff, isn't about to hang the crime on the kid, whom O'Connor is convinced is innocent. In an uphill battle to clear Solemn's name, Cork encounters no shortage of adversity. Some he knows all too well—small-town bigotry and bureaucracy foremost among them. What Cork isn't prepared for is the emergence of a long-held resentment hailing from his own childhood. And when Solemn reappears, claiming to have seen a vision of Jesus Christ in Blood Hollow, the mystery becomes thornier than Cork could ever have anticipated. And that's when the miracles start happening...

Praise for Blood Hollow:

"Writing as a naturalist, Krueger draws on Indian legends to communicate the mystery of the north woods; writing as a humanist, he looks to the spirits of the ancients to heal all wounds."
New York Times Book Review

"The prose in Blood Hollow is so good and the plotting so deft that readers will be hard put to stop reading once they begin. Krueger has moved to the head of the crime fiction class with this one."
Chicago Sun-Times

"[A] chilling story with a warm heart... Krueger skillfully crafts enough plot twists to keep everybody guessing through the bloody climax to the thrilling end."
Publishers Weekly

"The Corcoran O'Connor series deserves a larger audience... Krueger's dead-on depiction of a rural American town is as vivid and realistic as any in the genre."
Booklist

"Krueger is at the top of his form."
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Award Nominations:
Anthony Award (WINNER!)
The Minnesota Book Award
Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

 

The Devil's Bed by William Kent KruegerTHE DEVIL'S BED
Atria Books Hardcover 2003, ISBN 0-743-44585-8
Pocket Star Paperback 2003, ISBN 0-743-44585-6
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An escaped mental patient targets the First Lady of the United States for assassination. Although he doesn't realize it, he will be aided in his murderous plan by some of the most powerful people in the federal government. The only thing that stands between the First Lady and certain death is the Secret Service agent who loves her...

Praise for The Devil's Bed:

"William Kent Krueger's fast and furious debut thriller appears headed for bestseller stardom. Impressive characterizations and a tricky plot with many twists and turns make this another winner... Highly recommended."
—Larry Gandle, Deadly Pleasures

"Readers of Krueger's Cork O'Connor mystery series will have to postpone the pleasures of the much-anticipated fourth volume, but the wait will be well spent with this fast-paced stand-alone political thriller... Nonstop action, abundant romantic complications and a wealth of mayhem keep Krueger's plot speeding toward its suspenseful, blood-soaked climax."
Publishers Weekly

 

Purgatory Ridge by William Kent KruegerPURGATORY RIDGE
Atria Books Hardcover 2001, ISBN 0-671-04753-1
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN 978-1439157787

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An explosion at a lumber mill rips the heart right out of a beautiful summer morning and kills the traditional chief of the Iron Lake Ojibwe. Cork O'Connor, former sheriff of Tamarack County, Minnesota, finds himself caught once again in a battle between the two cultures of his heritage-White and Indian. Although a rogue environmentalist known as Eco-Warrior claims responsibility for the bombing, Cork isn't so sure, and he can't help investigating.

Many in Tamarack County blame the Ojibwe who are trying to save a stand of sacred white pines from being logged. The Ojibwe blame the greed of Karl Lindstrom, the man who owns the mill. But is there a more brutal darkness behind these events, one that Cork can't possibly imagine, a hunger for revenge that threatens more than just the peace of a small town?

As tensions mount, and Cork desperately tears at layers of deceit, he begins to understand that the real prey may be the people loves most and that their greatest enemy is time.

Praise for Purgatory Ridge:

"Suspense abounds... And all of it is written so beautifully and carried off with such integrity that there is nothing more this reader could ask from a very talented author who improves even beyond expectation with each new title."
—Russ Isabella, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"Suspenseful, compelling, and highly readable."
The Dallas Morning News

"A wonderful page-turner. It's built on a believable plot that develops carefully and comes together unexpectedly... The kind of work that is all too rare in the suspense genre, a book that combines a first-class plot with excellent writing."
The Denver Post

"Twists, turns, surprises await... I really don't think William Kent Krueger would mind one bit if I called him 'the Michael Connelly of the Midwest.'"
—Larry Gandle, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

"Krueger's page-turner opens with a bang... The plot comes full circle as credibly flawed central characters find resolution... Krueger prolongs suspense to the very end."
Publishers Weekly

"The end of this masterfully plotted novel was such a surprise that I'm still trying to figure out how Krueger did it."
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Awards:
Minnesota Book Award
Dilys Award
Northeast Minnesota Book Award

 

Boundary Waters by William Kent KruegerBOUNDARY WATERS
Atria Books Hardcover 1999, ISBN 0-671-01698-9
Atria Books Trade Paperback 2009, ISBN 978-1439157770

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: more than two million acres of forest, white-water rapids, and uncharted islands along the American/Canadian border. Somewhere in the heart of this unforgiving territory, a young woman named Shiloh, a country-western singer at the height of her career, has disappeared. Her father arrives in Aurora, Minnesota to hire former sheriff Cork O'Connor to find her. Cork joins a search party that includes an ex-con, two FBI agents, and a ten-year-old boy. But there are others on Shiloh's trail as well, men hired not just to find her, but to kill her.

As the expedition ventures deeper in the wilderness, winter falls hard, and Cork's team of searchers loses contact with civilization. Like the brutal winds of a Minnesota blizzard, death—violent and sudden—stalks them.

Praise for Boundary Waters:

"Krueger's writing, strong and bold yet with the mature mark of restraint, pulls this exciting search-and-rescue through with a hard yank."
Publishers Weekly

"In Boundary Waters, Krueger has created a fearful and scary novel of flight, hunting and betrayal, told within the framework of human compassion... It is one of those rare novels that leaves you fearful to turn the pages and yet has moments of humor that have you chuckling out loud."
—Poisoned Pen Press

"A wonderful wilderness mystery."
The Midwest Review of Books

"Cork remains a sprightly, intriguing hero in a world of wolves, portages, heavy weather, and worrisome humans..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Krueger's... a writer to watch. He has characters with depth, a style that combines realism with resonance, a great eye for setting, and he can churn out a fine plot."
Toronto Globe & Mail

"Page turning... Any reader with an affection for the Northwoods will appreciate Krueger's vivid imagery, which blends Indian culture and lore, backwoods adventuring, fish-out-of-water outsiders, and hearty local whose yokel quotient is kept refreshingly in check."
City Pages (Minneapolis)

Award Nominations:
Dilys Award
Minnesota Book Award
Northeast Minnesota Book Award

 

Iron Lake by William Kent KruegerIRON LAKE
Atria Books Hardcover, 1998 ISBN 0-671-01696-2
Atria Books Trade Paperback, 2009 ISBN 978-1439157282

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Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota (population 3,752). Embittered over losing his job as a cop and over the marital meltdown that has separated him from his wife and 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 a powerful local politician is brutally murdered the same night a young Indian boy goes missing, Cork takes on a harrowing case of corruption, conspiracy, and scandal.

As a blizzard buries Aurora and an old medicine man warns of the arrival of a blood-thirsty mythic beast called the Windigo, Cork must dig for answers hard and fast before more people, among them those he loves, will die.

Praise for Iron Lake:

"Krueger's debut offers wonderful characters and makes the woods and waters vivid, wild and menacing... [A] fast pace, punctuated with humor and surprise in a book that is sure to appeal to fans of Nevada Barr and Tony Hillerman. This is mystery as allegory..."
Booklist (starred review)

"Iron Lake is an explosive brew: one part James Ellroy, one part Stephen King, one part Jack London, and all parts terrific... A truly remarkable first novel."
—David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of Penance

"A fresh take... Krueger makes Cork a real person—and the author's eye for the details of everyday life brings the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"I can't remember reading a better first novel than this one."
Drood Review

"A wildly intelligent, all-Minnesota novel."
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"An excellent debut... Krueger knows how to write. If you have not yet read this one, grab a weekend and see for yourself."
Bookline

"Minnesotan Krueger has a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie. His characters, too, sport charm and dimension... This first-timer's stamina and self-assurance suggest that O'Connor's got staying power."
Kirkus Reviews

Awards:
Anthony Award for Best First Novel
Barry Award for Best First Novel
Minnesota Book Award
Loft-McKnight Fiction Award

 

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