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Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
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Iron Lake (1999)

by William Kent Krueger

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William Kent Krueger writes beautifully. This novel is no exception. Iron Lake gives us a look at corruption and secrets in an area of Aurora, MN called Iron Lake. The story weaves love, loss, politics, and scandal together with the struggle between the white people and those on the Ojibwe reservation. This is a mystery of a suspicious suicide and the town's cover-up.

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  rmarcin | Mar 26, 2019 |
This is a very good start with what looks to be a good series. Cork O'Connor is an intriguing protagonist. He is half-Irish (as evidenced by his name) and
half-Anishinaabe He lives in Aurora, Minnesota, and even though it's a small town, a lot seems to be happening there. Cork is on a downward slide in his life. He is the ex-sheriff for the County who left under a cloud. His marriage is breaking up, and he doesn't get to see his children as much as he'd like. Then things start happening. Bodies are piling up, people are missing, and there is a rank odour of corruption and dishonesty in the region. Cork is drawn into the fray and begins a hard fight for his life and the lives of the people that he loves. The characters are very real and complex. The plot is a good one that keeps you reading on, and the descriptions of the scenery around Aurora are breathtaking. It is mid-December when the book opens, and Aurora is in the grip of a snowy and very cold winter. Loved the book, and look forward to others in the series. ( )
  Romonko | Mar 21, 2019 |
William Kent Krueger writes beautifully. This novel is no exception. Iron Lake gives us a look at corruption and secrets in an area of Aurora, MN called Iron Lake. The story weaves love, loss, politics, and scandal together with the struggle between the white people and those on the Ojibwe reservation. This is a mystery of a suspicious suicide and the town's cover-up.

#IronLake #WilliamKentKrueger ( )
  rmarcin | Mar 8, 2019 |
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  ebethe | Dec 18, 2018 |
From the book jacket: 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 found dead of a gunshot wound and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.

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This is book one in a series that has become immensely popular and catapulted William Kent Krueger onto a list of the best mystery / thriller writers. The plot is satisfyingly complex, with many suspects, unclear motives, uncertain crimes (Accident? Suicide? Murder?), and more twists and turns than the most fiendish roller coaster.

Holding it together is Cork O’Connor. This is a complicated man; generally, a good guy with a strong moral compass and guiding sense of justice, he is not without flaws and makes his share of personal mistakes. Yet he is uniquely able to investigate both in town and on the reservation, giving him clues and information that is often withheld from “outsiders.”

I’ve had this series on my tbr for ages and regret that I waited so long to begin. I’ll be reading more of this series. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 30, 2018 |
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Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota - population 3,752. 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, he's found that there's not much left in life that can shock him. But when the town's judge, Robert Parrant, is brutally murdered, and Eagle Scout Paul LeBeau is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption and scandal.
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Short story specialist William Kent Krueger brings a fresh take on some familiar elements and a strong sense of atmosphere to his first mystery. Chicago cop Cork O'Connor and his lawyer-wife Jo moved back to his northern Minnesota hometown of Aurora to improve their quality of life, but it hasn't worked. Cork became the local sheriff, but lost an election after a disagreement between local Indians and whites over fishing rights turned deadly. Then his marriage broke up, with Jo becoming a successful advocate for tribal rights and Cork reduced to running a scruffy restaurant and gift shop. As the book starts, Cork is feeling guilty about sleeping with a warm-hearted waitress and still hoping to get back with Jo and their three children. Drawn into the disappearance of an Indian newsboy, which coincides with the apparent suicide of a former judge, O'Connor clashes with a newly elected senator--the judge's son and Jo's lover--as well as with the town's new sheriff and some tribal leaders getting rich on gambling concessions. Krueger quickly makes Cork a real person beneath his genre garments, mostly by showing him trying to deal with the needs of his two very different teenage daughters. And the author's deft eye for the details of everyday life brings the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life. --Dick Adler

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A hated judge is found dead in suspicious circumstances in a town in Minnesota with an Indian casino and a young Ojibwa Indian leaves home in a hurry. Former sheriff Cork O'Connor investigates if there is a connection.

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