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Trickster's Point: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series) Hardcover – August 21, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 257 customer reviews
Book 12 of 14 in the Cork O'Connor Mystery Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Krueger’s intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and respect for Native American life, ancient and modern, provide an intricate setting for this gem of a mystery." —Publisher's Weekly

“William Kent Krueger can tell a story with the best of them. And he just keeps getting better.” (ReviewingtheEvidence.com)

“In addition to having a plot as cunningly treacherous as Trickster’s Point itself, Krueger’s latest mystery has that elegiac tone that’s perfectly suited to O’Connor’s character and to the harsh landscape where he lives and works.” (Booklist)

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of ten Cork O’Connor novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Vermilion Drift and Northwest Angle. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit WilliamKentKrueger.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Cork O'Connor Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451645678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451645675
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.williamkentkrueger.com.

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Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger
Atria Books, 2012
Review by Ed Shannon

Perhaps joy and hope are strange words to describe a murder mystery; but with a writer of William Kent Krueger's skill, suspense and mystery rise above normal descriptors.

The newest novel in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, Trickster's Point, is not only tightly crafted and plotted but also a joy to read. Set in the beauty of Northern Minnesota, the novel begins with O'Connor being interrogated about the death of Jubal Little, the odds on favorite to win Minnesota's election for Governor. The initial evidence points to Cork and drives him to clear himself and search for the murderer of his childhood friend. Filled with credible suspects and motives, the novel follows Cork as the past and present flow together in a mystery that continually surprises and examines the nature of love and friendship, of the complexities of human nature.

An integral part of the joy in this novel, as well as the entire series, is the manner in which Krueger combines a taut mystery and Native American culture with the humanity of his main character, Cork O'Connor. Cork is flawed but also much more. He is named Ogichidaa, one who stands between--between his people and evil. Cork rises above tragedy and danger in a search for truth; but truth is not always justice, justice not always truth. He must strive to balance his Shinnob heritage and his law enforcement background as he faces the darkness of human nature while protecting his people, friends, and family. This conflict as well as the central murder mystery make Cork O'Connor one of the most intriguing protagonists in the entire suspense genre.
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I have enjoyed all the Cork O'Conner books but this one seemed to drag a little for me after reading about 40% of the book. I have never been a big fan of flashbacks and this book contained a great many of them. I grew weary of their individual lives and all the baggage they seem to drag around. They must all have had bent backs from the psychological weight they carried. After reading about 70% of the book, I began to get more interested in the characters again and made it to the end.
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After eagerly awaiting the release date of Trickster's Point I devoured this book, reading it all on the day it was released. Like Krueger's past mysteries, this one featured a tightly woven story of both past and present to set up the intense story of friendship, betrayal, love, deceit, and community. About the only thing I missed that was present in some earlier Krueger books was Trickster's Point doesn't focus much at all on Cork's family life. One daughter was barely present except via some electronic communication with him and his other two kids were on the sideline for this installment of the series. Still, Krueger had me guessing until the end with another great novel and I already can't wait for the next one.
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William Kent Krueger is one of those authors I have not only come to enjoy as a reader but respect as a craftsman. The way he is able to bring a storyline together full of rich characters and a plot that draws you in is nothing short of amazing. In TRICKSTER'S POINT we see him work his magic yet again.

We find our beloved main character Cork O'Connor involved in a murder investigation where HE is the suspect. And this is not just any murder, but the murder of someone who is a friend of O'Connor, someone he has a deep history with.

As the story unfolds we are able to go back into the history of O'Connor and the slain politician Jubal Little and see not only what it is that brought them together but also what threatened to tear them apart----as well as the woman at the center of it all.

There is a real message for readers of this book that I kept coming back to time and again: you can't save someone who doesn't truly want to be saved or doesn't think they need to be saved. To go down that road can lead you into a place and situation that could tear apart all that you have done and what you can become.

For O'Connor we are able to see exactly what kind of friends he had surrounded himself with, and the book allows us to take a closer look into the man he has become and how his past has affected who he has become. With any book written by Krueger you couldn't discuss it without also acknowledging the silent characters of the book that are the location and the surroundings. They also help to bring the book to life and serve as partners along the way for their human counterparts.

Trickster's Point definitely shows how events can bring out the best and worst of individuals, and once again author William Kent Krueger does it in a way that will keep you glued to the pages until the very end.
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Krueger returns with Cork O'Connor and his family. They live in Aurora, Minnestota - a small town abutting the reservation. Cork is part Shinnob and walks the fine line between the Indians on the rez and the whites of the town.

The story opens with the death of Jubal Little. Little was once O'Connor's best friend. Someone put an arrow through his heart, and knowing he was going to die Cork stayed with him for three hours and listened to the final words of his friend. Of course, the arrow - which turns out to be one just like Cork's handmade - puts O'Connor squarely in the middle of the investigation.

Little was about to be elected governor of Minnesota - on a platform that did not sit well with the Indians of the rez or anyone who loved the great Northwoods. A number of people, both from the past and present, have motive to want him dead. But who has motive to want him dead and Cork convicted of the killing? As former sheriff of the town Cork understands the necessity of the thorough investigation, but human nature makes him push back against the suspician.

Krueger's books are like being enveloped in a warm blanket. His description of northern Minnesota and the natural beauty of the land is woven masterfully throughout the book. The familiar cast of O'Connor's family and friends are like literary comfort food. The mystery keeps you turning the pages, but the physical beauty of the area and the spiritual nature of the Shinnobs reel you in as well. Krueger masterfully weaves the present and the past - finding Little's killer is presented against the circumstances that make O'Connor and Little friends so long ago.

A great series, highly recommend.
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