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Iron Lake: A Novel (Cork O'Connor) (edition 2009)

by William Kent Krueger

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Title:Iron Lake: A Novel (Cork O'Connor)
Authors:William Kent Krueger
Info:Atria Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

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The murder/suicide of a corrupt judge in far northern Aurora Minnesota sets the momentum of this well written first novel. The mysteries pile up, a whiteout type blizzard sets in, the Windigo is afoot, and a first rate story ensues.

The central character, Cork O'Conner is a straightforward man beset by complexities. He was fired from his post as sheriff and, wonder of wonders, deserved it. The usual mystery ploy is the hero was wrongfully used and was in fact a total hero, if only he had been understood. Cork is invested with real human frailties. His marriage is spiraling toward a divorce, and he can't get a handle on what to do about it. The sheriff who took his place, far from being an illiterate, crooked nincompoop, is actually a competent, honest man-much to Cork's discomfort.

The story is well paced with excellent plotting and characterization. The interplay between the characters, both verbally and emotionally, is exceptionally strong. There is a whiff of the supernatural that the author lightly touches upon and leaves to the reader whether to accept or not. 4 well earned stars. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This is the first book of the Cork O'Connor mystery series. I know that several of you are fans of this series, so when this was the Kindle Daily Deal a few weeks ago, I grabbed it. This is a strong opening to the series. Krueger wastes no time in introducing us to Cork O'Connor, former sheriff of Aurora, MN who has recently separated from his wife. Cork is part Irish, part Anishinaabe, and he understands the tensions present in the small town of Aurora. When a powerful judge is found dead by his paper boy, who then disappears, Cork is called in by the boy's mother to look into the situation. As one thread leads to another, we meet a cast of characters engaged in shadowy dealings. Even as Cork unravels one mystery, more present themselves. A strong main character, an engaging plot, and a deep sense of place - what more do you need in a mystery? ( )
  porch_reader | Feb 16, 2016 |
too many bodies, not enough subtlety ( )
  seasidereader | Apr 26, 2015 |
In this first mystery of the Cork O'Connor series, we learn some background about why he's no longer sheriff and why his marriage has fallen apart. While we care about his troubles, the action takes over after a teen boy goes missing and then a judge is found dead of apparent suicide. Cork finds himself in the middles of a chain of events with far-reaching implications, and certainly his three children, his lover, and his wife are all drastically impacted. ( )
  sleahey | Mar 30, 2015 |
Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor - part-Ojibwe, mostly Irish - is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. One winter, a young boy goes missing from his paper route, and a judge is found dead in his home. Was it suicide, or murder? Cork isn't part of this investigation, but can't help stick his nose it when the facts don't quite add up.

This first book in a long-running series is a bit uneven. I really enjoyed the descriptions of lake country in Minnesota and frigid winter. I liked many of the characters I was introduced to; they weren't perfect, but I could root for them, just like the many people in Three Pines in the Inspector Gamache series. But about halfway through the plot starting twisted and turning so much I felt somewhat strung along by the author's machinations rather than seeing a mystery unfold through the investigation. It's a first book and shows, but I would still continue reading and will recommend it to mystery fans who enjoy a strong sense of place. ( )
  bell7 | Jan 11, 2015 |
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Cork O'Connor first heard the story of the Windigo in the fall of 1965 when he hunted the big bear with Sam Winter Moon.
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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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