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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 Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (sjmccreary)
    sjmccreary: similar remote locations, small towns near Indian reservations, both are cold weather settings
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Set the winter in frigid Minnesota, the author presents an authentic background for small town greed creating a murderous environment. Impassioned but often stumbling as he tries to solve the local linkages causing a rash of recent deaths, former sheriff Cork O'Connor doggedly pursues the facts while being frequently pummeled by various bad guys. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jun 24, 2014 |
This is the first in the Cork O'Connor mystery series. Mr. Krueger writes well, and the pages turn quickly. He also does a good job of characterization and description, and, most importantly, the plot is complex and hangs together. I love the Native American aspects of the book and all the lore the reader is told. O'Connor and his family are interesting, as well, and I'll probably continue with this series. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Mar 31, 2014 |
First in series. Former sheriff cork O'Connor tries to solve death of a judge in a small Minnesota town. Good characters and good story ( )
  afarrington | Mar 15, 2014 |
This is the first book in a mystery series that takes place in northern Minnesota. Former Chicago cop and former local sheriff Cork O'Connor, part Irish and part Native American, he is not coping well with his personal life. But he is able to delve into suspicious deaths and possible evil spirits. I liked the sense of place and the information about local tribes as well as the mystery and the character development. ( )
  gbelik | Dec 4, 2013 |
Cork O'Connor (great name!) is the disgraced former sheriff of a small town in Minnesota, which adjoins Iron Lake and an Ojibwe reservation. Part Ojibwe himself, Cork struggles for acceptance by the full tribe members. In spite of his "former" status, he investigates the disappearance of a teenage boy. Is it linked to the murders that keep happening?

Krueger does a nice job of pacing the revelations in his story. For a while we share Cork's puzzlement as to what is behind it all. The lake is a nice centerpiece, emphasizing the frozen state of the terrain. My primary complaint is the occasionally clunky style of writing. ( )
  Jim53 | Oct 28, 2013 |
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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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