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Tamarack County: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series Book 13) [Kindle Edition]

William Kent Krueger
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. After days of fruitless searching, there is little hope that she’ll be found alive, if she’s found at all.

Cork O’Connor, the ex-sheriff of Tamarack County, notices small things about the woman’s disappearance that disturb him. 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 after his own son is brutally attacked and nearly killed, Cork understands that someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At its center is a murder more than twenty years old, for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison.

With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere behind the blind of all that darkness and drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work. And Cork has only hours to stop it before his family and friends pay the ultimate price for the sins of others.

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  • Editorial Reviews

    From Booklist

    *Starred Review* If Krueger’s publisher had released just one of the scenes in this novel set in the North Woods of Minnesota, the one in which a car spins off an icy road onto the frozen surface of Iron Lake, trapping two young people inside as the ice cracks and water rushes in, the asking price of an entire novel would have been entirely justified. But this is just one of many such scenes of hold-your-breath suspense, heightened by the isolating blizzards of a Minnesota winter and the eerie presence of a stalker. In the thirteenth in Krueger’s series starring Cork O’Connor, the Tamarack County private investigator (and former sheriff) is called in to help find a misanthropic judge’s wife, who has disappeared. That incident is quickly followed by the killing of a woman friend’s dog, with additional evidence indicating that the woman is being stalked. O’Connor is able to trace the incidents to a cold case from more than 20 years before. Complicating matters, O’Connor’s son’s relationship with the embattled woman’s daughter places his son in peril. Because Krueger works in the history of his characters’ relationships in a clear and elegant way, this exceptionally scary suspense story will prove riveting for both newcomers to the series and readers who have followed Cork as he and his family have aged and grown. --Connie Fletcher


    “...a winter’s tale that will both break and warm the reader’s heart.... Krueger’s evident empathy for the Ojibwe and their traditions and values blends seamlessly with horrific violence played out against O’Connor’s struggles to heal his family’s wounds—and his own.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

    “...hold-your-breath suspense, heightened by the isolating blizzards of a Minnesota winter and the eerie presence of a stalker.... Because Krueger works in the history of his characters’ relationships in a clear and elegant way, this exceptionally scary suspense story will prove riveting for both newcomers to the series and readers who have followed Cork as he and his family have aged and grown.” (Booklist (starred review))

    “A pitch-perfect, wonderfully evocative examination of violent loss. In Frank Drum's journey away from the shores of childhood--a journey from which he can never return--we recognize the heartbreaking price of adulthood and it's 'wisdoms.' I loved this book.” (Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night and The Given Day)

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3390 KB
    • Print Length: 321 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451645759
    • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (August 20, 2013)
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00A286Z2W
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fine read from a fine man August 27, 2013
    By Maia
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    Not only is Wm. Kent Krueger a fine writer, he is also a fine man. I was especially impressed with his dedicating this book to Pat and Gary, the owners of Once Upon a Crime bookstore in Minneapolis, MN. This couple, with their small garden level independent bookstore, are the biggest supporters of crime writers around. They sponsor book signings week after week bringing interesting new authors to the attention of the crime reading public. I've met Kent Krueger there many times for book signings when his new books are launched and he always has a good word for for his fans, most of whom he recognizes on sight. Another thing I very much appreciate about Kent Krueger's writing is that he steers away from using excessive profanity, abuse of animals and humans, sexual deviancy, and other disgusting human traits. He writes a good mystery. He writes about characters who actually do populate northeastern Minnesota. Take it from me, I am one of those northeastern Minnesota natives (from Aurora actually) and I've known a few of them in my life. We are a melting pot of people of many different ethnic heritages along with our Native American brothers and sisters. Thanks again, Kent, for another fine read.
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    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tamarack August 23, 2013
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    I have read all of Krueger's provious novels and really enjoyed them all. This one was extremely well done - it had a great plot, introduced some new important characters along with the old familiar ones, had a two pronged approach to the catalysts that occured in the story, was quite exciting, and I just loved it. This author hits a home run with all of his works.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A decent read December 6, 2013
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    I am a Steve Hamilton junky and, having reached the bottom of the barrel, bit on the cross-promotion of this book. Hamburger is okay, but hard to swallow after a diet of ribeye.

    It was entertaining enough. The plot was okay but not entirely plausible. Good usage of subplots should’ve fleshed out the characters but they somehow still seemed to be caricatures.

    The usage a clichés was a bit heavy handed. One really tainted the experience for me (spoiler alert). That was the presumed dead villain rising up to make one last lunge at the protagonist. I’ve seen that more than enough and the clumsy set-up for this one is far too obvious.

    In spite of the flaws, it moves along pretty well. I’ll give the author another try.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    For loyal William Kent Krueger readers, his latest Corcoran O'Connor novel, "Tamarack County", is an outstanding addition to this well written and well crafted series. Cork is a former sheriff turned private investigator in desolated Northern Minnesota where he raises his family, solves crimes, and proudly celebrates his Ojibwe indian background.

    Arguably the underpinnings of this fine series is the ongoing relationships Cork maintains with his children and his Ojibwe medicine man mentor, Henry Meloux. In "Tamarack County", Cork and two of his children confront the many faces and consequences of love--love for one another as well as love for a significant other. Cork is dealing with confusing emotions when he becomes increasingly involved with a new character while his current love, Rainy, is on an extended leave. His daughter Anne has left her religious order for some secretive reason and must deal with her internal conflicts as well as a strange woman who comes looking for her. And his son, Stephen, is caught up in his first heavy relationship and dealing with the ramifications of the joy and pain of first love.

    Woven within this fine character study is a white knuckle plot filled with suspense powerful enough to keep the pages turning. A series of random acts of violence, the disappearance of a former judge's wife, the killing and maiming of a beloved dog, the near death of his son, eventually point to a twenty year old cold case that resulted in an innocent man being incarcerated--a case in which Cork was the attending sheriff. But the convicted man is still in jail and apparently content being there, so who is stalking the major characters in this past case including Cork and his immediate family?
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Deep Chill September 23, 2013
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    I'm in much disagreement with 60+ reviewers herein. I found this Krueger to be overlong, too talky, and much weighted down with familial subplots that would have caused Dickens and Hardy to grimace at their depth of dreary difficulties. The basic "mystery" - which the book ignores for far too much of its length - seems interesting but turns out to be a bit too much "Oh Really?" . Certainly not dull, and Krueger is a master at evoking the effects of truly cold weather, and he has much love for the area and its Native American inhabitants. But this is nowhere near his best work. rhb
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok September 22, 2013
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    I'm sorry to say this Krueger book, having read them all is pretty ho-hum. The book was very predictable and it was hard to keep my interest up. Still love all the characters and the setting.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Latest book in the series lives up to expectations September 5, 2013
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    Cork O'Connor and his family continue in this latest edition to the series, one of the most well-written, enduring mystery series I've read. Interesting characters who grow from book to book. Well-crafted plot lines. Well worth reading, but start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great author, could not put the book down.
    Published 5 days ago by Susan Lau
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
    WKK did it again. Loves his stories. Appreciate the insights into some Native American cultures. Always good mysteries with multiple twists. Easy to read.
    Published 10 days ago by Dulcinea
    5.0 out of 5 stars William Kent Krueger does not disappoint.
    As always, William Kent Krueger does not disappoint.
    Published 15 days ago by Colleen Eberle
    1.0 out of 5 stars Thought this would be like the Parker detective novels
    Thought this would be like the Parker detective novels. Lots of killing and too many characters. One of the few books I regret buying.
    Published 21 days ago by AMBadger
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Series
    I love this series - will shortly have read them all
    Published 26 days ago by Henry A. Thiessen
    4.0 out of 5 stars the book gives you the feel of that great part of the state
    Based on events in Northern Minnesota, the book gives you the feel of that great part of the state. It also shares the culture and heritage of Native Americans. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by George AP Johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great author.
    Published 1 month ago by K. Schlavin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
    The winter setting enhanced the "scenery". Krueger's characters are interesting & the story inspires you to read on.
    Published 1 month ago by Outside C
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    His books r always good,stay up all night,read to the end good.
    Published 1 month ago by Darlene Carlson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read
    Published 1 month ago by shawn
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    More About the Author

    Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University--before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He's been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is an attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

    Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage--part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last five novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

    "Ordinary Grace," his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. "Windigo Island," number fourteen in his Cork O'Connor series, will be released in August 2014. Visit his website at

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