Iron Lake

Iron Lake

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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.
ISBN: 9780671016975
0671016970

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ValinOR14
Jan 19, 2019

I loved the atmosphere of this book. I live where the winters are freezing and snowy (thankfully not THAT freezing and snowy), and Krueger nailed it!

Chicago cop Cork O'Connor and his wife, Jo (a lawyer) moved back to his northern hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, to improve their quality of life, but failed rather spectacularly. Cork became the sheriff but was recalled after a deadly incident. Then his marriage broke up, with Jo becoming a successful advocate for tribal rights, and with Cork reduced to living in, and running a seasonal food stand out of a Quonset. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, he straddles the line between the white townspeople and the Native Americans who reside on the tribal lands. The book starts as a judge has died violently and a Boy Scout newspaper carrier has vanished mysteriously. The road to the resolution of these issues is a rocky one, filled with Native American mysticism.

I liked this book very much and am eager to read the next of the series!

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Reads_A_Lot
Jan 06, 2019

1st book in a 17 book series. The outdoor setting appealed to me. Seemed like it might be similar to the Mike Bowditch series. However as I was reading it, I found there were a lot of similarities to the Longmire TV series which I loved. The main character, Cork, is the ex-sheriff of a northern Minnesota town. He’s half Indian and is able to walk the line between the white population and the people of the nearby Indian reservation. He’s a flawed but honorable character who can’t quite get over the fact that he’s not sheriff anymore and works on solving a local mystery. I enjoyed the Indian folklore and customs sprinkled here and there. The brutal winter setting made it a great January read. I liked it enough to move onto book 2.

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kliebezeit
Jan 06, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, and as an introduction to a series it is a stunning debut. It's hard to put one's finger on, but the actions of the characters are completely believable and natural and consistent with their words. I also like the way that we are introduced to the Ojibwe culture, and the author's descriptions of the raw, powerful landscape of northern Minnesota in winter give the book a definite sense of place. It was literally a book I couldn't put down, and I found myself reading it in short snatches throughout a couple day period. Well done, Mr. Krueger!

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darladoodles
Nov 19, 2017

"Ordinary Grace" is one of my favorite books ever, so I had to try the Cork O'Connor series. I really like Cork. He is flawed, but real. This action packed, intricate plot kept me guessing until almost the very end. After seeing Krueger give a presentation about a month ago, I have a new appreciation for the tightrope Cork walks as he helps keep law and order (somewhat unofficially, for now) in a town which is so close to an Indian reservation. Well done! Will look forward to getting to know Cork better in the rest of the series.

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cmfrakes
Sep 19, 2017

I read Ordinary Grace and LOVED it. I thought, I have to check out more books by this author. So I read this one and was so disappointed. Not the same quality writing, was a little boring, and just didn't seem to have the same quality character development.

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EmilyEm
May 13, 2016

I've heard of Kent Krueger and his writing for years. I read 'Ordinary Grace' last year, but will now spend some time with Cork O'Conner. Very impressed with Krueger's debut effort.

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ilovewhippets
May 11, 2016

I enjoy reading about the other cultures. I didn't care for this author's writing style, though.

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avratt
Sep 04, 2015

Too much soap opera interfering with the crime/mystery. It has all the elements I typically enjoy, but in this case it was just to jumbled and distracting.

LaughingOne Aug 31, 2013

I liked this first book in a series. The protagonist, Cork O'Connor, is part Irish and part Anishinaabe Native American, and he is an ex-sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. While I am fairly certain that the author, William Kent Krueger, is not Native American himself, in the Acknowledgments section of his novel, he gives credit to some Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people, Barbara Briseno and Alex Ghebregzi, as well as some ethnographers of Ojibwe culture. I believe he has done a pretty good job as his descriptions of the people and culture correlate well with my own experiences growing up in the American Southwest with Navajo and Pueblo neighbours. The story itself is complex, fast-paced, and full of surprises. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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c210flyer
Feb 17, 2012

Krueger is pretty consistently good. I liked this one. 7 of 10 for me.

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