In the extraordinary new Cork O’Connor thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter’s wedding.
Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy.
His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness.
As the sky darkens and the days pass, Cork’s family anxiously awaits his return. Finally certain that something has gone terribly wrong, they fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork’s campsite, they find no sign of him. They do find blood, however. A lot of it.
With an early winter storm on the horizon, it’s a race against time as Cork’s family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork’s life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others.
In Edgar-winner Krueger's uneven 15th Cork O'Connor thriller (after 2014's Windigo Island), Lindsay Harris and her brother, Trevor, hire the ex-sheriff turned PI to find their architect grandfather, John Harris, who recently vanished from Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Winter is coming, and Cork's daughter is getting married soon, but the siblings' plea is compelling and Harris was a childhood friend, so Cork accompanies Lindsay into the wilderness to see what Tamarack County Search and Rescue might have missed. When the pair fails to return, friends and family investigate. Meanwhile, Cork and Lindsay fight for their lives. Honorable and courageous yet full of self-doubt, Cork seeks not only Harris but also redemption for past failures. By contrast, most of Krueger's female characters lack depth and act only out of love for or lack of love from men. References to Ojibwe culture and an extraordinary sense of place provide color and texture, but deliberate pacing and an anticlimactic conclusion undercut an intriguing setup and the plot's inherent tension.
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And now I’m sad….
because I have to wait another year for the next installment of the Cork O’Connor saga. Very good read, didn’t disappoint.
Thanks for the ride
I've enjoyed reading this author in the past as it's usually a pleasant journey with some interesting plot twists and easy to like characters. However, the last few books started to get on my nerves because of the monotonous references to the Great Spirits, visions and other supernatural garbage. I thought I'd give him one more chance. This book seems to ONLY deal with those elements. I'm tired of Henry Meloux's world. I'm tired of Steven O'Connor's "heavy feelings". This whole book is just "tired". Thanks for your earlier works and best of luck!