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Iron Lake

Iron Lake

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Cork O'Connor has lost both his wife and his job as sheriff and falls into a profound emotional isolation. As a wild blizzard buries his lakeside town, a despised though influential resident is found dead, and a young Ojibwe Indian boy seems to have left home in a hurry. Cork has never taken Indian legends to heart, but when an old sage warns him that a cruel spirit with a heart of ice is near, all that changes.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2019.
Edition: Atria Paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781982117504
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KRUEGER
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 21 cm.


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Nov 24, 2020

I've read quite a few of his books in order and he draws things out too much. What isn't made evident is that each book seems to introduce Catholicism more and more deeply. I don't mind a little organized religion if it's germane to the plot, but this isn't true with this author. His books seem to unnecessarily wrap the characters around religion. It feels quite bait and switch. If I wanted books on religion, I'd get them. Finally, organized religion did no favors for Native Americans by helping to strip them of their language and culture. This fact is in conflict with the Native American theme of the series.

Nov 11, 2019

Well written with a Minnesota touch (location).
The first of a series. I read one other (with AZ as the location) which was good.
After reading this one, which was good but way too long drawn-out ending, I probably won't read any more in this series.

Sep 19, 2019

Where is the mystery? Could it be I have to struggle through 330 pages to find maybe 50 pages of something vaguely similar to a mystery? The rest seems to be filled with passive-aggressive behavior among locals and soft-core romance, which seems unrelated to any mystery. I don't know cause I still haven't figured out what the mystery is...

Aug 05, 2019

Lots of moving parts in this story. I enjoyed the mystery of it and its action moments. I tend to read in bursts of time so it got a little confusing to me at some points. I loved the setting and the cultural implications.

Jan 19, 2019

I loved the atmosphere of this book. I live where the winters are freezing and snowy (thankfully not THAT freezing and snowy), and Krueger nailed it!

Chicago cop Cork O'Connor and his wife, Jo (a lawyer) moved back to his northern hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, to improve their quality of life, but failed rather spectacularly. Cork became the sheriff but was recalled after a deadly incident. Then his marriage broke up, with Jo becoming a successful advocate for tribal rights, and with Cork reduced to living in, and running a seasonal food stand out of a Quonset. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, he straddles the line between the white townspeople and the Native Americans who reside on the tribal lands. The book starts as a judge has died violently and a Boy Scout newspaper carrier has vanished mysteriously. The road to the resolution of these issues is a rocky one, filled with Native American mysticism.

I liked this book very much and am eager to read the next of the series!

Jan 06, 2019

1st book in a 17 book series. The outdoor setting appealed to me. Seemed like it might be similar to the Mike Bowditch series. However as I was reading it, I found there were a lot of similarities to the Longmire TV series which I loved. The main character, Cork, is the ex-sheriff of a northern Minnesota town. He’s half Indian and is able to walk the line between the white population and the people of the nearby Indian reservation. He’s a flawed but honorable character who can’t quite get over the fact that he’s not sheriff anymore and works on solving a local mystery. I enjoyed the Indian folklore and customs sprinkled here and there. The brutal winter setting made it a great January read. I liked it enough to move onto book 2.

Jan 06, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, and as an introduction to a series it is a stunning debut. It's hard to put one's finger on, but the actions of the characters are completely believable and natural and consistent with their words. I also like the way that we are introduced to the Ojibwe culture, and the author's descriptions of the raw, powerful landscape of northern Minnesota in winter give the book a definite sense of place. It was literally a book I couldn't put down, and I found myself reading it in short snatches throughout a couple day period. Well done, Mr. Krueger!

Nov 19, 2017

"Ordinary Grace" is one of my favorite books ever, so I had to try the Cork O'Connor series. I really like Cork. He is flawed, but real. This action packed, intricate plot kept me guessing until almost the very end. After seeing Krueger give a presentation about a month ago, I have a new appreciation for the tightrope Cork walks as he helps keep law and order (somewhat unofficially, for now) in a town which is so close to an Indian reservation. Well done! Will look forward to getting to know Cork better in the rest of the series.

Sep 19, 2017

I read Ordinary Grace and LOVED it. I thought, I have to check out more books by this author. So I read this one and was so disappointed. Not the same quality writing, was a little boring, and just didn't seem to have the same quality character development.

May 13, 2016

I've heard of Kent Krueger and his writing for years. I read 'Ordinary Grace' last year, but will now spend some time with Cork O'Conner. Very impressed with Krueger's debut effort.

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