Iron Lake: a Cork O’Connor mystery by William Kent Krueger

This is the first of a series featuring ex-Sheriff “Cork” O’Connor, set in a very small town in rural Minnesota near the border with Canada. The brutal murder of the town’s influential Judge leads Cork, called upon by the mother of a youth who disappearance coincides with the death of the Judge, into a series of adventures in the frozen north. The cast is enriched by the local Ojibwe Indian tribe, with whom Cork shares a bloodline, as he simultaneously juggles the investigation and his own personal challenges involving the on-again off-again relationships with his wife and children, from whom he has separated. An absorbing read; briskly paced with a cast of interesting characters. Makes me look forward to further adventures with this character.

Reviewed by Susan


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