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Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger

Desolation Mountain

by William Kent Krueger

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Stephen O’Connor’s vision is a frightening one of an eagle shot from the sky, an egg dropped, and horrific, menacing danger. Troubled by his inability to understand the vision, Stephen seeks out Henry Meloux, an Ojibwe elder and healer.

When a plane crash on Desolation Mountain kills a senator and her family, it’s not long before several of the first responders to the crash mysteriously vanish. Stephen joins his father, Cork O’Connor, and several others in a search for answers. Thwarted at every turn by government investigators who seem to have their own agendas . . . ones not necessarily related to discovering the truth . . . they soon discover that nothing, even Cork’s old friend Bo Thorson, is as it seems.

The seventeenth Cork O’Connor story in the series brings together many of the expected familiar characters. With its strong sense of place, its intriguing plot, and characters so real they seem ready to jump off the page, readers will find much to appreciate in this tale of intrigue and mystery. The unfolding story builds suspense; the unexpected twists keep the pages turning.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Dec 13, 2018 |
This is the 17th in this excellent series about Cork O’Conner. I have read and enjoyed them all from the beginning: Great writing, a wonderful sense of place, Native American Ojibwe culture, a bit of mysticism, evolving family dynamics, and good plots.
When a plane carrying a senator crashes on Desolation Mountain, several groups come to search for the flight recorder. Some are from the government, some are not and it is not clear who some of them are. One is Cork’s old acquaintance, Bo Thorsen. When Cork’s Ojibwe neighbors begin to disappear, Cork decides to investigate and forms an uneasy alliance with Bo. Cork’s son Stephen, who wants to become a mide, has a vision that seemed to presage the crash. With the help of Henry, a centenarian Ojibwe healer, he struggles to understand the vision in the hope that it will yield some clues about the crash.
I found the ending a little unsatisfying (although it does have an emotional kicker that is a harbinger of a good story to come) but this remains one of my favorite series. ( )
  jwrudn | Nov 17, 2018 |
This series continues to be excellent and each new installment is worth waiting for. The death of a US Senator in a plane crash on the Ojibway Reservation starts a cascade of violence with neonasties and other covert military types into causes and coverups. Lots of Cork's family involved with the excellent and very useful infusions of Ojibway spiritualism. ( )
  jamespurcell | Nov 13, 2018 |
DESOLATION MOUNTAIN by William Kent Krueger is Book 17 in Mr. Krueger’s Cork O’Connor Mystery series.
I have read every title and been impressed with each and every one. This new title is no exception.
Highlights include Visions, specifically a repeated (very troubling) vision experienced by Stephen; Ojibwe culture, customs and mythology; a plane crash with a notable US senator on board; right wing militias; a fast-paced detective story; dirty politics; friendship; family and tribal ties.
The writing is fast-paced and character-driven. There is a grand sense of place. We meet many familiar characters and a new character, Bo Thorson, is introduced.
*Note Bo was a main character in an early (stand-alone title by Mr. Krueger). He is very interesting and a conscience-driven character like Cork. I suspect (and hope) that we will see more of him.
I would heartily recommend this title. ***** ( )
  diana.hauser | Sep 7, 2018 |
Such a good series. The further adventures of Cork O'Connor and his family and friends. If you haven't read William Kent Krueger, I hope you do. This one isn't his best, perhaps, but even his "not best" is a very good read. ( )
  cmt100 | Sep 7, 2018 |
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