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Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger
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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 deadly mythical beast, the Windigo. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t explain 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, takes on the case.

This was an interesting story about young teenaged Native American girls who run away from a bad home life but get caught up in sex trafficking. I like the Cork O’Connor character but I didn’t like his adult daughter who insisted on being part of the investigation. Cork’s daughter didn’t have any experience but did risky things that caused her father problems and annoyed me. The story kept my interested throughout and overall I liked it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Apr 26, 2018 |
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 deadly 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 explain how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, private investigator Cork O’Connor takes on the case.

This was another excellent read from William Kent Krueger. I have read all his books before this one and he does not disappoint. His books are always riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. This one was about young Ojibwe girls and prostitution. We get a lot of information about the history and culture of the Ojibwe Indians and why these girls would turn to prostitution. Krueger's excellent writing makes for a realistic story and a hard to put down book. I look forward to the next book and I would highly recommend this series to those who like mystery in the wilderness and Indian history. ( )
  EadieB | Feb 24, 2018 |
After the body of a young Indian girl washes up on Windigo Island, Cork is asked by the mother of another girl who has disappeared to help find her. Cork and his daughter Jenny are lead into an investigation of the trafficking and sexploitation of teenage runaway girls and the conditions that make them run away; abuse, alcoholism, prejudice, lack of job opportunities. They soon find that they must do battle with a man called Windigo, the name of a mythic Ojibwe monster. Cork’s anger pushes him to a murderous confrontation that frightens his daughter and causes her to question what kind of man he is. ( )
  jwrudn | Dec 24, 2017 |
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 deadly mythical beast, the Windigo. But as soon as Cork O'Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, starts asking questions about the girl and her missing fifteen-year-old friend, Mariah, no one will talk. Holding tight to his vow to find Mariah for her desperate family, Cork makes his way to the old port city of Duluth - a modern-day sex trafficking center. With only the barest hope of saving her from men whose darkness rivals that of the legendary Windigo, Cork prepares for an epic battle that will determine whether fear, or love, will truly conquer all. ( )
  jepeters333 | Jul 4, 2017 |
As suspenseful a mystery as it is, Windigo Island is more a story about the horrific social issue of human trafficking, particularly of native American girls and young women. It seems very factual and well researched with all the statistics, examples of historic exploitation, and inclusion of organizations that help victims. I’d only read the first book of this series (Iron Lake) before this one but there was enough back story that I didn’t feel lost and I thought the author’s portrayal of female characters had greatly improved.

I received this book for free through the Goodreads First Read program. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147674923X, Hardcover)

Cork O’Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger.

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:19 -0400)

When the body of a year-missing Ojibwa girl washes up on a Lake Superior island, rekindling Native American superstitions about mythical monsters, Cork O'Connor struggles to obtain information from reluctant witnesses to a brutal sex-trafficking operation. "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" --… (more)

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