When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, her father, vows revenge. The newest book in william kent krueger's award-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic private investigator caught in the middle of a racial gang war that's turning picturesque Tamarack County, Minnesota, into a bloody battlefield.
As the unspeakable unfolds in the remote and beautiful place he calls home, Cork is forced to confront the horrific truth: Violence is a beast that cannot be contained. When the head of the red boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, white against red.
In red knife, krueger gives his readers a vivid picture of racial conflict in small-town America, husbands and wives, as well as a sensitive look at the secrets we keep from even those closest to us and the destructive nature of all that is left unsaid between fathers and sons, friends and lovers. A former sheriff, cork has lived, fought, and nearly died to keep the small-town streets and his family safe from harm.
His target is the red boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. Both sides look to cork O'Connor, a man of mixed heritage, to uncover the truth behind the murders. He knows that violence is never a virtue, but he believes that it's sometimes a necessary response to the evil that men do.
Racing to find answers before the bloodshed spreads, Cork himself becomes involved in the darkest of deeds.
Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 7
The past and present collide along the rocky shores of Thunder Bay, where a father's unconditional love is tested by a son's deeply felt resentment, and where jealousy and revenge remain the code among men. The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. When a murder attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north across the border.
Happy and content in his hometown of aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. From acclaimed author william Kent Krueger comes the seventh profound, action-packed suspense novel in his award-winning Cork O'Conner mystery series.
As cork hastens to uncover the truth and save his friend, he soon discovers that his own life is in danger and is reminded that the promises we keep - even for the best of friends - can sometimes place us in the hands of our worst enemies. But why would wellington want his father dead? this question takes cork on a journey through time as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventure in the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, far outside his culture, led him into a trap of treachery, where his love for a beautiful woman, greed, and murder.
But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when henry meloux, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago? With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, Ontario.
Heaven's Keep: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 9
Months after the tragedy, two women show up on Cork’s doorstep with evidence that the pilot of Jo’s plane was not the man he claimed to be. Intrepid hero cork o’connor faces the most harrowing mission of his life when a charter plane carrying his wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies.
. It may not be definitive proof, but it’s a ray of light in the darkness. Agreeing to investigate, who have much to lose if the truth is known, the open hostility of the Northern Arapaho, Cork travels to Wyoming, where he battles the interference of local law enforcement who may be on the take, and the continuing attempts on his life by assassins who shadow his every move.
At the center of all the danger and deception lies the possibility that Jo’s disappearance was not the end of her, that somewhere along the labyrinthine path of his search, maybe even in the broad shadow of Heaven’s Keep itself, Cork will find her alive and waiting for him.
Copper River: A Cork O'Connor Mystery Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 6
Though jewell, keeps cork at arm's length, a bitter widow whose husband may have been killed by cops, Ren, her fourteen-year-old son, is looking for a friend. All small towns have buried secrets but, as Cork soon learns, this one has more than its share. 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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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. Recklessly, charlie, he turns from his own worries and focuses on tracking the conspiracy of killers before Ren and his best friend, fall victim.
But being a father figure to Ren will prove more difficult than Cork could possibly imagine. 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.
Vermilion Drift: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 10
As cork searches for answers, he must dig into his own past and that of his father, a well-respected man who harbored a ghastly truth. Vermilion drift is a powerful novel, filled with all the mystery and suspense for which Krueger has won so many awards. New threats surface, and unless Cork can unravel the tangled thread of clues quickly, more death is sure to come.
Five appear to be nearly half a century old—connected to what the media once dubbed "The Vanishings, " a series of unsolved disappearances in the summer of 1964, when Cork’s father was sheriff in Tamarack County. Deep in the mine during his first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims.
What’s worse, two of the bodies—including the most recent victim—were killed using Cork’s own gun, one handed down to him from his father. When the department of energy puts an underground iron mine on its short list of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork is hired as a security consultant.
But the sixth has been dead less than a week. A poignant portrayal of the complexities of family life, it’s also a sobering reminder that even those closest to our hearts can house the darkest—and deadliest—of secrets. Time is running out, however. Some nights, corcoran O’Connor dreams his father’s death.
William kent krueger’s gripping tale of suspense begins with a recurring nightmare, a gun, and a wound in the earth so deep and horrific that it has a name: Vermilion Drift.
Mercy Falls: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 5
He has little time to worry about his own precarious situation, however. But somewhere, lie the answers, hidden beneath the turbulent depths of Mercy Falls, and Cork is determined to find them. Murder, sex, greed, and jealousy all play a part in the maze of danger and intrigue Cork is caught in. The victim is eddie jacoby, a Chicago businessman involved in negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino.
A stunning new suspense novel in william Kent Krueger's prize-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic detective steeped in his most dangerous case to date. Lured to the nearby ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine domestic disturbance call, Cork finds himself the target of a sniper's deadly fire.
Back on the beat as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor has already seen his beautiful Northwoods jurisdiction through an eventful summer. But once cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, he begins to suspect that the events in Aurora have a darker, Jo, more personal motive than he could ever have imagined.
Soon after the shooting, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family insists on hiring a beautiful private investigator named Dina Willner to consult on the case. With his life at stake and the safety of his family in question, Cork must squelch the growing suspicion that another man desperately wants his wife, and at the same time resist the passion heating up between himself and Dina.
Now cork must deal with a high-profile murder contaminated with the blood of the rich and powerful.
Northwest Angle: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 11
Part adventure, northwest angle is a dynamic addition to William Kent Krueger’s critically acclaimed, and all knockout thriller” Booklist, part mystery, award-winning series. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil.
She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Amid the wreckage, cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. Underneath the debris, hungry and dehydrated, they find a baby boy, but still very much alive. During a houseboat vacation on the remote lake of the Woods, stranding Cork and his daughter, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.
Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.
Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.
Trickster's Point: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 12
As he works to clear his name and track the real killer, complex relationship with the tough kid who would grow up to become a professional football player, a populist politician, he remembers his long, and the lover of the first woman to whom Cork ever gave his heart. Jubal was known by many for his passion, his loyalty, and his ambition.
Full of nail-biting suspense, both good and ill, a town blessed with natural beauty yet plagued by small-town feuds and heated racial tension, plus a fascinating look into Cork’s teenage years in Aurora, sometimes deadly, Trickster’s Point is a thrilling exploration of the motives, that lead men and women into the difficult, political arena.
Although the men have been bowhunting, a long-standing tradition among these two friends, this is no hunting accident. With him is jubal little, who is favored to become the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, and who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Only cork knows that he was capable of murder.
The arrow turns out to be one of Cork’s, and he becomes the primary suspect in the murder. The dying don’t easily become the dead. The next novel in william kent krueger’s new york times bestselling series finds Cork O’Connor sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness.
He understands full well that he’s been set up.
Blood Hollow: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 4
Tough-as-nails former small-town sheriff cork o'connor is forced into the center of an eerie mystery with a shocking twist in this "vivid and realistic" Booklist Anthony Award-winning novel from critically acclaimed author William Kent Krueger. When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered on a hillside four months after her disappearance on New Year's Eve, all evidence points to her boyfriend, local bad boy Solemn Winter Moon.
In an uphill battle to clear Solemn's name, Cork encounters no shortage of adversity. What cork isn't prepared for is the emergence of a long-held resentment from his own childhood. And that's when the miracles start happening. And when solemn reappears, claiming to have seen a vision of Jesus Christ in Blood Hollow, the mystery becomes thornier than Cork could ever have anticipated.
Some -- like bigotry and bureaucracy -- he knows all too well. Despite solemn's self-incriminating decision to go into hiding, Cork O'Connor, Aurora, Minnesota's former sheriff, isn't about to hang the crime on a kid he's convinced is innocent.
Tamarack County: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 13
Somewhere behind the blind of all that darkness and drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work. After days of fruitless searching, there is little hope that she’ll be found alive, if she’s found at all. With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County.
Cork remembers the case only too well. At its center is a murder more than twenty years old, for which an innocent man may have been convicted. And after his own son is brutally attacked and nearly killed, Cork understands that someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. When the beloved pet dog of a friend is brutally killed and beheaded, he begins to see a startling pattern in these and other recent dark occurrences in the area.
And cork has only hours to stop it before his family and friends pay the ultimate price for the sins of others. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison. Cork o’conner returns for “hold-your-breath suspense” Booklist, starred review in the thirteenth novel in the New York Times bestselling mystery series.
During a blizzard one bitter winter night, just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural county road in Tamarack County. Cork o’connor, the ex-sheriff of Tamarack County, notices small things about the woman’s disappearance that disturb him.
Windigo Island: A Novel Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 14
He learns that the old port city of Duluth is a modern-day center for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. With only the barest hope of saving her from men whose darkness rivals that of the legendary Windigo, Cork prepares for an epic battle that will determine whether it will be fear, or love, that truly conquers all.
Cork o’connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger. When the body of a teenage ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a deadly mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu.
. Such stories have been told by the ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t explain how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. But on the bad Bluff reservation, nobody’s talking. Yet cork holds tight to his higher purpose—his vow to find Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl whose family is desperate to get her back.
As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Still, cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. At the request of the arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, takes on the case.