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ISBN13: 9781439153956
ISBN10: 1439153957
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With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.

Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.

“Part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller” (Booklist ), Northwest Angle is a dynamic addition to William Kent Krueger’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series.

Review:

"In Krueger's superb 11th novel featuring Cork O'Conner (after Vermilion Drift), the PI and his grown daughter, Jenny, get stranded by a gale on an island in Minnesota's Northwest Angle, an area of the state cut off from the U.S. by 60 miles of Canadian wilderness and the vast Lake of the Woods. Separated from Cork by the storm, Jenny discovers the naked body of a young Native American woman, who was tortured before being shot in the forehead, and her dehydrated but alive infant son. Once reunited, Cork and Jenny tend to the baby while hiding from a stranger in a cigarette boat. Once rescued, Cork teams with local residents to find out who killed the woman, Lily Smalldog, who worked at a remote religious compound. Solid storytelling and intriguing characterizations combine for a sobering look at the power of family and faith and Native American culture. Krueger never writes the same book twice as each installment finds him delving deeper into Cork's psyche. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

William Kent Krueger's next nail-biting suspense in his critically-acclaimed, award-winning series, featuring private detective Cork O'Connor.

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of ten Cork O'Connor novels, including Heaven's Keep and Vermilion Drift. All are available from Atria Books. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.

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techeditor, October 19, 2011 (view all comments by techeditor)
NORTHWEST ANGLE by William Kent Krueger, the latest book in his Cork O’Conner series, is a great thriller, maybe the best in the series. OK, so far I’ve read only two books in the series. But it’s still true: this book is a grabber.

The O’Conner family, including Cork’s sister-in-law and her husband, are vacationing on a houseboat in the Northwest Angle. While Cork and his daughter Jenny are taking a smaller boat to pick up Jenny’s boyfriend, a violent windstorm (Derecho) blows Cork overboard and strands Jenny on one of about 1000 islands in the Northwest Angle. While Jenny searches for shelter, she finds a baby boy and the body of his mother. She had been tortured and murdered. And the murderer wants that baby.

Where would this book series be without Cork, right? Somehow, he makes it back to Jenny. Now the two of them do their best to avoid the murderer’s bullets and keep themselves and that baby alive.

Eventually, the whole family gets involved in the quest to save that baby and keep themselves safe from the murderer. It’s an edge-of-your-seat thriller��"even after Jenny, along with her brother and boyfriend, takes the baby to their all-knowing old Indian friend, the medicine man Henry. Henry is a recurring character in this book series.

It makes sense to take the baby to Henry. He lives deep in the woods in Tamarack County, far from where the murderer might find the baby. But I expected the action to slow and the story to get corny at this point, with Henry’s usual secretiveness and Indian ceremonies.

But, even though it’s a little corny when Henry seems to EXPECT Jenny’s arrival and when his niece, who wants to become a medicine man, herself, comes up with a magic brew for Jenny, the action doesn’t stop or pause here. Instead, they find that they can’t hide. And Henry comes across more as a wonderful old man than as a magic Indian. (I do wonder, though, how his guests, particularly the baby, could have slept outside without being eaten up by mosquitoes. They are, after all, in a woods in Minnesota. I think too much.)

While this is going on, Cork is still in the Northwest Angle investigating a group of religious fanatics who live on one of the islands there. He becomes curious about them when they are questioned about the baby’s murdered mother, who used to live on the island with them. They seem to be not entirely forthcoming, and Cork wonders if they are hiding something.

What a great thriller this is, marred only by the corny way Henry solves matters for all involved. That includes, even, the Tamarack County police when he ends a hostage situation.

In spite of Henry, THE NORTHWEST ANGLE has convinced me to find the earlier books in the series. I already read two and found a third. You’ll probably want to do the same.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439153956
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Author:
Krueger, William Kent
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
new york times bestseller; Ojibwe; ordinary grace; tamarack county; iron lake; heaven s keep; vermillion drift; william kent kruger; william kent krooger; nevada barr; john sanford; Margaret Coel; storm prey; spider s web; vince flynn
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Cork O ' Connor Mystery Series
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 368 pages Atria Books - English 9781439153956 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Krueger's superb 11th novel featuring Cork O'Conner (after Vermilion Drift), the PI and his grown daughter, Jenny, get stranded by a gale on an island in Minnesota's Northwest Angle, an area of the state cut off from the U.S. by 60 miles of Canadian wilderness and the vast Lake of the Woods. Separated from Cork by the storm, Jenny discovers the naked body of a young Native American woman, who was tortured before being shot in the forehead, and her dehydrated but alive infant son. Once reunited, Cork and Jenny tend to the baby while hiding from a stranger in a cigarette boat. Once rescued, Cork teams with local residents to find out who killed the woman, Lily Smalldog, who worked at a remote religious compound. Solid storytelling and intriguing characterizations combine for a sobering look at the power of family and faith and Native American culture. Krueger never writes the same book twice as each installment finds him delving deeper into Cork's psyche. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , William Kent Krueger's next nail-biting suspense in his critically-acclaimed, award-winning series, featuring private detective Cork O'Connor.
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