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THREE STARS' WORTH OF GOOD,
This review is from: Northwest Angle: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series) (Hardcover)
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I've read most of William Kent Krueger's books and enjoyed them for the most part, although I found the early ones more intense. This book starts out well and then just at an exciting moment completely shifts direction, and not successfully. From that point on (post-rescue) the action becomes rather predictable. There is a truly jarring moment, for me, when Cork's daughter Jenny uses her breast to silence the baby who is central to the plot and--because this was written by a man--she has absolutely no reaction to the unprecedented experience/sensation. All her focus is outward. But even in a desperate situation, that experience would've generated a response. It might seem a minor point but this lack of emotion flows throughout the narrative and reduces the tension, making the book a bit limp. There's a fair amount of thinking about emotion but not a lot of display. And more show of feeling would've elevated the book well beyond the norm. It's an entertaining novel, one that holds the reader's interest. But it doesn't rise very far beyond its predictability.