Synopses & Reviews
Rare is the author whose sheer mastery of detail, character, and storytelling succeeds in evoking the underlying essence of a place — Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles... Tony Hillerman's Southwest... Carl Hiassen's Florida. Now, in a dazzling debut, William Kent Krueger joins them, taking us into the lake country of northern Minnesota to reveal the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishanaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota — population 3,752. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, he's found that there's not much left in life that can shock him. But when the town's judge, Robert Parrant, is brutally murdered, and Eagle Scout Paul LeBeau is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption and scandal.
Asked by LeBeau's panicked mother to find her son, Cork's investigation grows icier, and more treacherous, than a frozen lake at midnight.
The coroner declares Judge Parrant's death a suicide and quickly cremates the corpse. The current sheriff throws critical evidence in the incinerator. And a right-wing paramilitary group makes it violently clear that Cork would be better off letting dead dogs lie. To top it all off, Cork discovers a small-town secret with the big-time implications that hits painfully close to home.
With bodies and questions piling up faster than the Minnesota snow, Cork's the only one stubborn enough to uncover the truth — a truth he can't ignore, a truth he's determined to face... even if it kills him.
"Iron Lake is an explosive brew: one part James Ellroy, one part Stephen King, one part Jack London, and all parts terrific....A truly remarkable first novel." David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of Practice to Deceive
"Iron Lake is as powerful as a Minnesota blizzard..." Stephen Greenleaf, author of Past Tense
"I can't remember reading a better first novel than this one...." The Drood Review
"Iron Lake is that rare combination: a page turner and a deeply felt character study." Philip Reed Author of Low Rider
IRON LAKE takes readers into the lake country of northern Minnesota to reveal the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus Reviews
), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country — and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
About the Author
William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of twelve previous Cork O’Connor novels, including Northwest Angle and Trickster’s Point, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.