Detective Cork O’Connor Series,
William Kent Krueger
Atria Books / Simon &
2011 / ISBN 9781439153956
License Investigator / Cork O Connor / Minnesota / Contemporary
by L J Roberts
He woke long before it was necessary, had wakened in this way
for weeks, troubled and afraid.
and PI Cork O Connor and his family are vacationing on a houseboat
in a remote part of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota. Cork and his daughter,
Jenny, off in an outboard, run for shelter as a deadly storm rages
through. Cork is knocked overboard but Jenny makes it to an island
where she finds a cabin containing the tortured and murdered young
woman and the baby she d desperately hidden. Now the murderer is
after them, desperate to regain the child.
an author who excels at captivating you with his opening paragraph
and not letting you go. He violates the rule of not opening with
the weather; making is powerfully effective. His descriptions first
placate, then terrify the reader with a very good escalation of
terror and the desperation one would feel from the uncertainty of
the situation. He also knows how to create a sense of menace and
convey raw emotion.
Krueger s character-creation is excellent. You want to be part of
Cork's family, but although they are far from perfect, they are
real. This book does play heavily on the themes of religion, spirituality
and faith; Christianity versus Christianity distorted and Indian
spiritualism, but looking at them in ways that are honest and true,
allowing for doubt, and not being preachy.
The plot was well-developed with some very good twists; yet there
were elements that were predictable. Although Northwest Angle
was a better than a good read, it would be nice to see Krueger
focus less on family in future books.