Monday, October 22, 2007

A Visit to Iron Lake

William Kent Krueger has written several mysteries about Cork O'Connor and his police work and private investigations work in Aurora, Minnesota, on the borders of Iron Lake. In Blood Hollow, O'Connor is no longer sheriff of Aurora, but his attorney wife is hired to defend a suspected murderer, and she hires him to help her collect evidence to support her belief that the accused, a young Native American man named Solemn Winter Moon, is innocent. The story is well developed, the characters are real and three-dimensional, and the beauty and ruggedness of northern Minnesota envelops everything. You don't have to read the series in order, but after jumping in midway with Blood Hollow, I'm anxious to go back to the beginning of the series, Iron Lake, and read more about what makes Cork tick. He's a likable hero. The author writes as if he knows the area and its heritage really well, and that makes the story even more authentic. Take a visit to Iron Lake on your next reading adventure.

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