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Audio CD ✓ Iron Lake eBook Ú

Iron Lake ❰EPUB❯ ✺ Iron Lake Author William Kent Krueger – 11 discs 115 hoursEx Sheriff Cork O'Connor takes on a murder investigation that grows icier than a Minnesota lake on a winter midnight The new Sheriff is destroying evidence and a para military group discs hoursEx Sheriff Cork O'Connor takes on a murder investigation that grows icier than a Minnesota lake on a winter midnight The new Sheriff is destroying evidence and a para military group orders Cork to forget the case There's a small town secret with big time implications just below the icy surface and Cork has turned up the heat to defrost.

About the Author: William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities After that he logged timber worked construction tried his hand at freelance journalism and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota He currently makes his living as a full time author He’s been married for.

10 thoughts on “Iron Lake

  1. Annet Annet says:

    So it took me some time to start on the Cork O'Connor series of William Kent Krueger had this book on my shelves for years I know this author of Ordinary Grace a book I found beautiful And several of us are awaiting the seuel This Tender Land available here beginning Sept I like the main character Cork O'Connor ex sheriff with a history rugged and emotional and the lovely writing of Krueger as well as the snowy wilderness setting I'm 'a bit behind' on this series this book from 1998 and as I believe it I have a good 16 books to go I am going to love this series I think Great book excellent writing beautiful nature interesting Indian features great characters Yes four stars

  2. Mary Beth Mary Beth says:

    35 stars I think that I am going to love this series This is the first book and I did enjoy it I did find it very slow in the beginning I think the books will be getting better and better I will be reading the second book next month Cork O'Connor is my kind of detective In this introduction to his character we see a disgraced sheriff whose marriage is on the rocks who adores his children and who suspects that an apparent suicide of a local magistrate is really a murder He has no jurisdicational authority to investigate but pushes ahead anyway So far that sounds like a straight forward police storyWhat sets the book apart is the setting and the people O'Connor is half Irish Caucasian and half Anishinaabe Indian who owns land on the reservation in up north Minnesota and who is trusted by the tribal council whose members are wary of talking to the local sheriff about the whereabouts of a missing Indian boy Cork sets out to find the missing teen and tries at the same time to revive his all but over marriage by disentangling himself from his affair with a local diner waitress As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead set on stopping his investigation in its tracks But even freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all a small town secret that hits painfully close to homeKrueger uses Anishinaabe folklore outstanding plotting and a spectacular setting to weave his story I read this during one of the coldest weeks of the year here in Ohio It was easy for me to visualize the frozen lake the treks through the drifts the ice buried vehicles But it was just as easy for me to close my eyes and visualize the black bears the blizzards and the tribe's traditional buildings and transportation

  3. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    A very interesting introduction to a new to me author and series I really enjoyed the setting with the cold the snow snowmobiles skis and driving on the frozen lake An alien way of life to me as a resident of a very temperate part of AustraliaThe story was excellent and the body count was huge Actually the author maybe overdid that part of it but once I suspended belief I found it all very entertaining I liked Cork O'Connor straight away and was rather disappointed by the ending when he loses something important to him I am looking forward to seeing his character develop over the rest of the series

  4. Thomas Thomas says:

    35This is book 1 in the series The series was recommended to me by GR friend Skye and I am glad that she did I enjoyed reading this book Corcoran Cork O'Connor is part Irish American and part Anishinaabe Indian He is now the ex Sheriff of Tamarack County northern Minnesota He was voted out in a recall election A friend Darla LeBeau calls him and asks him to look for her son Paul who has not returned from his paper route Cork goes to Darla's house and gets a copy of his customer list He goes to the last customer on the list ex Judge Robert Parrant one the architects of Cork's recall election Cork finds the Judge's body The Sheriff Wally Schanno and the coroner classify the death as suicide But Cork suspects otherwise and starts digging More people are killed and Cork is attacked and beaten Cork gets help from Anishinaabe friends and a deputy who owes him a favor in his investigation Cork is also dealing with the breakup of his marriage The suspense builds and Cork does solve the case with very little help from SchannoOne thing bothered me Cork has been without a job for a year or so and doesn't have any income Yet he is able to investigate and support himself without any incomeThis was a library book and I plan to read of the series

  5. Jonetta Jonetta says:

    This was the book selected by my Mystery Suspense group for discussion this month I’d never heard of the author or this series and my group came through yet again in selecting a really good storyCorcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora Minnesota He’s separated from his wife has three children and is secretly seeing someone His life is definitely off balance but he’s very much grounded in his Indian heritage He inadvertently stumbles upon the dead body of the most powerful man in the county and the new sheriff uickly rules it a suicide Of course Cork believes differentlyEven though he hasn’t been the sheriff for at least six months the town still sees that as Cork’s identity and allows his intrusion in the case The tension between the Indian community and whites is a constant and Cork’s mixed race gives him the ability to operate in both worlds He bears the Irish physical characteristics and the instincts and temperament of the AnishinaabeThe story is rich in Indian lore and mysticism adding another element of mystery to the already complicated case Cork’s personal issues don’t help matters either and he’s by no means the perfect hero even though he’s well meaning and pretty honorable I liked him uite a lot with all of his flaws and self torture because at his center he wants to do the right thing and be a good father to his children He’s proud of his Indian heritage but walks a fine line between both racesSolving the case was a major challenge as there were many potential suspects and motives were rampant While this case was solved there is much unresolved in Cork’s life and I’m dying to start the next book I really enjoyed the story and how the Indian culture was interwoven throughout It was pretty fascinating and I got my mystery on top of it all

  6. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I've been meaning to start this series for some time and am glad that I finally have as this first in the series was very enjoyable and the rest of the series looks promisingCork O'Connor is a very interesting main character Part Irish American and part Anishinaabe Indian he lives in a small town in Minnesota but is also respected by the native Americans who live on the reservation He lost his job as Sheriff six months ago when an unfortunate event left two men dead one of them shot by Cork His marriage has also failed and he is living apart from his family lawyer wife Jo and his three children and has recently started seeing a lovely waitress Molly NurmiWhen judge Robert Parrant is found dead in his study the new Sheriff Wally Schanno appears to accept that his death was a result of suicide but Cork is sure he has been murdered and can't help but look into the case What he finds leads him to uncover a major fraud involving corruption blackmail and secret files and photos Along the way there are murders and Cork himself is given some warnings to back off by some nasty charactersAlthough the plot is uite complex and multilayered it was well written and easy to follow The Minnesota winter was very much a feature of this novel with heavy snowfalls freezing conditions and a partially frozen lake hampering everyone's movements and adding to the darkness of the plot I'm now looking forward to reading the next book in the series to find out what happens next for Cork and his family

  7. Ingrid Ingrid says:

    I loved the atmosphere in the book and I liked Cork O'Connor as a character It means I have a new series to look forward to

  8. Algernon (Darth Anyan) Algernon (Darth Anyan) says:

    A good crime novel is not simply an intellectual exercise to determine whodunit or just a way to experience danger at a remote from the safety of your favorite armchair What I am often looking for is to explore the way people deal with extreme situations and the way their environment urban jungle or out of the woods small community is shaping their personality In this first installment of a new series the man who is both caught in a web of deceit and the product of his upbringing in Tamarack County Minnesota is Corcoran ‘Cork’ O’Connor Half Irish half Anishinaabe Indian Cork is the former Sheriff of smalltown Aurora Minnesota He’s got problems enough in his own life mostly depression in the aftermath of a fatal conflict between white supremacists and Native Indians that not only cost him his job but also broke his marriage yet he is still ready and willing to help a neighbour whose teenage son goes missing in a snowstorm This freelance investigation leads Cork to the site of a suspect suicide the wealthiest and most influential man in town Judge Parrant has just blown his brains with a shotgun on the night of the storm The bodycount will soon increase as the death of the ruthless Parrant is bringing out in the open many unpleasant truths about the Tamarack County inhabitants both in the town of Aurora and in the Indian Reservation Greed corruption politics racism adultery graft and incompetence are all on the menu as Cork gets dragged in deeper and deeper into the criminal underworld with both his and his loved ones lives put in perilKrueger is excellent in keeping control of this complex plot and admirable in his action set pieces most of them involving chases over ice in SUV’s snowbikes or skis but I have read a ton of competently written murder thrillers What really sets this new series apart is the attention to detail that gives authenticity to the people and to their frozen environment Krueger has also found a good balance between keeping a fast pace for the action and building up convincing and fallible characters The dynamic between Cork and his enstranged wife and children the dividing of his loyalties between his white and his redskin heritage the difficulties of reaching out to his children and the tentative attempts to restart his life after wallowing for years in guilt and misery are all reasons to consider Corcoran O’Connor a strong enough personality to carry on his shoulders a multi volume series The same can be said for Aurora and the Tamarack County whose oddball inhabitants still hide a lot of secrets behind their closed doorsBy mentioning the frozen county the small town crime spree the lone wolf Sheriff with family troubles and the Native American angle I suppose it is obvious there are similarities between this series and the Walt Longmire books by Craig Johnson The best example I can give is that both writers are using a supernatural occurence to add spice and mystery to the proceedings Longmire communicates with the ghosts of ancient Crow and Cheyenne Indians Cork is chased by a creature of myth that may or may not be just an expression of him fighting his inner demons “You don’t know about the Windigo? You’ve lived in this country all your life and you don’t know about the Windigo? He shook his head as if that were a dreadful thing” I have greatly enjoyed the Longmire adventures in Wyoming and look forward to going back to Absaroka County in 2016 but right now I believe Krueger makes a stronger argument for staying in Tamarack CountyHere are a couple of uotes that I believe illustrate the appeal The first is about the cross cultural approach and the native animist worldview Traditionally the Anishinaabe were a uiet people Before the whites came they lived in the silence of great woods and often than not the voices they heard were not human The wind spoke The water sang All sounds had purpose When an Anishinaabe approached the wigwam of another he respectfully made noise to announce his coming Thunder therefore was the respectful way of the storm in announcing its approach Spirit and purpose in all things For all creation respect The second is about the importance of the private life of the actors in any criminal investigation It was time for Cork to return to the bed in the guest room But he lingered beside this son who trusted him lay awake knowing there were monsters in the wind outside that his son’s fear was not unjustified and that Stevie would have to face them alone someday There were people out there so cruel they would wound him for the pleasure of it dreadful circumstances no man in his worst imaginings could conjure disappointments so overwhelming they would crush his dreams like eggshells For a child like Stevie a child of special graces there would be such pain that Cork nearly wept in anticipation of it Against those monsters a father was powerless But against the simple terrors of the night he would do his best As for why I didn’t splurge on all five stars view spoiler I have very few pet peeves when it comes to books I would actually read anything that falls into my hands but I really don’t like it when a writer kills off a character that he spent almost the whole book developing in a way that makes the reader care about his or her fate I can understand with the analytic part of my mind why Molly the illicit new girlfriend of Cork had to die but with my empathy neurons I rebel at the blatant manipulation of my emotions Add to this the Hollywood style and predictable ending and I will say there is room for improvement in the future episodes hide spoiler

  9. James Thane James Thane says:

    After working a number of years as a Chicago cop Corcoran Cork O'Connor moves his wife and children back to Auora Minnesota his tiny home town in the northern part of the state His objective is to provide his family with a better uality of life but those dreams go up in smoke very early on both in his professional and personal livesAurora borders the Anishinaabe Indian reservation which is enjoying a newfound prosperity as a result of the casino that has just been built on the reservation and which is practically minting money O'Connor is part Anishinaabe himself and would seem to be the ideal bridge between the two societies But when things take a decidedly bad turn O'Connor is forced to stand in a recall election and is booted out of office As the book opens he's reduced to eking out a living running a seasonal hamburger stand Meanwhile his wife has become a very successful attorney and the two are now estrangedWhen the town's most prominent citizen a political boss named Judge Parrant is found dead from a shotgun blast the new sheriff declares it a suicide but O'Connor isn't so sure On the same evening that the judge dies a young Indian boy goes missing from his paper route in a huge blizzard Is there a possible connection between the two events?Though no longer having any legal authority to do so O'Connor begins investigating both developments This will inevitably get him in hot water with a lot of people and in the meantime his family situation continues to deteriorate O'Connor is also feeling guilty because in the wake of the separation from his wife he has secretly begun seeing a beautiful waitress with a hot sauna and a bad reputationThe strength of the book lies principally in Krueger's description of the brutal winter landscape in which the story plays out He's also carefully researched this history of the Anishinaabe and describes their culture and society sympathetically and knowledgeably It's a complex story with lots of twists and turns and a reader would be well advised to have a hot toddy or two close at hand as a remedy for the freezing Minnesota winterIf I have a concern about the book it lies principally with the whole idea of Cork O'Connor conducting this investigation with no legal authority to do so This involves him meddling in crime scenes and breaking and entering into several buildings in search of evidence legal niceties be damned The new sheriff is something of a Casper Miluetoast who occasionally warns O'Connor off but who at other times works with him It's hard to imaging this scenario ever playing out in real life and virtually all of the evidence that O'Connor gathers would be inadmissible in any court given that it was obtained illegally and without the benefit of warrants proper chain of custody and other such minor matters But if one can suspend disbelief long enough to overlook these issues this is a very solid start to the Cork O'Connor series

  10. David Putnam David Putnam says:

    Read it when it came out Liked it a great deal Good character development Story did unravel a little slowly Ordinary Grace by this author is in my favorites and I highly recommend Ordinary GraceDavid Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series

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