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Friday, March 04, 2005
Need a good book ... or four? I've just finished the Cork O'Connor series of murder mysteries by William Kent Kreuger. I am the slowest reader on earth, yet the stories had me buzzing through in a relatively short time. After four books, I've only got three complaints:
1) the rare but gooey marital bliss, which will be rectified in Mercy Falls due out this August,
2) putting a child in harms way, which, as a mother, can be jolting to read,
3) the very rare slight to Republicans. I have no problem when the characters express these views; its when Kreuger slips in his own views that bother me. But, hey, we conservatives are used to this. Don’t allow these few slips keep you from enjoying some good reading.
Here's the synopsis of the first book:
William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
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 Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
What are you reading?