The sixth novel in William Kent Krueger's award-winning suspense series finds Cork O'Connor running for his life -- straight into a murderous conspiracy involving teenage runaways.
In well-crafted settings that are beautiful and unforgiving, with unforgettable characters and jaw-dropping surprises, William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor thrillers have drawn a flood of awards and praise. The latest in the series finds the sheriff running for his life from professional hit men who have already put a bullet through his leg. Desperate, he finds sanctuary outside a small town called Bodine on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in an old resort owned by his cousin, Jewell DuBois. Though Jewell, a bitter widow whose husband may have been killed by cops, keeps Cork at arm's length, her fourteen-year-old son, Ren, is looking for a friend. But being a father figure to Ren will prove more difficult than Cork could possibly imagine.
When the body of a young girl surfaces along the banks of the Copper River and another teenager vanishes, Cork must choose between helping to solve these deadly mysteries and thwarting the hit men who draw closer to him with every hour. Recklessly, he turns from his own worries and focuses on tracking the conspiracy of killers before Ren and his best friend, Charlie, fall victim. It's an error -- one a good man might make -- but as the contract killers who are hunting him close in, Cork realizes too late that it may be the last mistake he'll ever make.
The trail left by the dead girl eventually leads to a shelter for homeless youth and into the grim reality of children lost and abandoned, who become easy prey for the perverted appetites of human predators. All small towns have buried secrets but, as Cork soon learns, this one has more than its share.
Topics: Series, Minnesota, Michigan, Murder, Runaways, Assassins, Police, and Suspenseful
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William Kent Kreuger's mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor seemed, in my mind, to start out relatively slowly. I felt that it wasn't until his fourth or fifth book that he really hit his stride. I'm very thankful that I had bought up his complete series before beginning to read them (based on an enthusiastic review I read of a later book).. otherwise I might have given up on the series early on and missed some really great stories. And in hindsight even the early books have a great deal to offer. The novels are set in rural, northern Minnesota for the most part with the action shifting to The U.P. of Michigan in one story and to Wyoming in another. Mr. Kreuger gives Cork O'Connor a family life that is anything but 'storybook'. From one end to the other this is a loving, but modern family, with real life modern problems that they do manage to get resolved. Fairly early in the series, the stories begin increasingly encompassing Cork's and his family's Native American connection to good advantage!This is a very good and satisfying series which I gobbled up faster and faster towards the end. Now I have to sit and eagerly await the next Cork O'Connor adventure. This is a series where the books could be read as stand alones, but for maximum enjoyment I would strongly recommend reading them in the order that they were written.more
The resolution of the mystery begun in the previous book in the series - Mercy Falls - was anticlimactic, to say the least. The primary mystery was good, but I missed Cork's family. Two very strong teenage characters, Ren and Charlie, were introduced, and it would be nice to "see" them again in the series.more
A terrific mystery! The history of the area of the setting of Krueger's books make his writings an exceptionally good read. This story involves Cork OConner and his cousin Jewell DuBois. The setting is the Copper River area of the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan. The twists and turns of this story are so intriguing. The reader is compelled to devour the book.more
Part Irish, part Native-American, Sheriff Cork O'Connor serves the remote territory of Tamarack Couunty, Minnesota. But big trouble is brewing: a powerful man believer O'Conor killed his son. Now there's a price on the sheriff's head, and a bullet in his leg. He finds refuge with his cousin Jewell and her teenage son Ren in their tiny Michigan town. But when Ren and his friends are threatened, O'Connor must rick his cover to find out why.more
This was another wonderful Cork O'Connor mystery! The novel kept me in suspense the whole way through and I loved every minute of it, but the only downfall I can find with it - is that I didn't like how it was just a continuation of the cliff-hanger from the previous book and hand only slight deviations from it. I loved how the other novels were entities upon themselves, but with this one you needed to read the previous one to understand fully and not so much with the others. I loved it none-the-less and can't wait to get my hands on the next one in the series!more
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