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Thunder Bay (Cork O'Connor #7)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,718 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Henry Meloux, Cork's friend and spiritual advisor, asks the Minnesota sheriff turned private investigator to find Henry's long-lost son. Cork tracks the man to the Canadian town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, where it turns out he's a prominent (if reclusive) industrialist. When someone tries to kill Henry, and the evidence points to his son, Cork digs deep into his old friend's ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published July 24th 2007 by Atria Books
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Sep 16, 2014 Ronna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Cork O'Conner has just retired as Sherif of Aurora, Minnesota to spend more time with his family. Daughter, Jenny, actually does seem to need more attention as she has decisions to make now that she's graduated from high school. But Cork's good friend, Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man, asks Cork to help him fine his son whom he's never seen. Cork never knew that he had a son, and that son is now 73 years old, so he wonders at the sudden need to find him. This story goes from present day, to ...more
William Kent Krueger's Cork O'OConnor series comprise a series of stories set in Aurora Minnesota, an area of the country of which I'm blatantly ignorant. Frankly, in reading the reviews of this setting I managed to barely stifle a yawn. Small town mysteries set in a frozen wasteland? With boring backgrounds that involve Indian supernatural folklore - I don't stomach mysteries that resort to such subterfuge, avoid beyond this world explanations when the genre is detective/mystery, decry irration ...more
I'll definitely be reading more in this series. I've never heard of Krueger and read this for the Key West Literary Seminar where he'll attend in January. Thunder Bay is 7th in the Cork O'Connor series of books (I have the first one from Audible.) The sense of place is very evocative. I became quite homesick for the house I used to have on a lake in Wisconsin. The story within a story was riveting and the characters are interesting and well-drawn. It was one of those books that I couldn't put do ...more
A excellent murder mystery by William Krueger, author of the Corcoran O'Connor series. In the event you have not read any of his books "Cork" O'Connor was the previous sheriff of the area in Northern Minnesota bordering the Boundary Waters, that wild and essentially unsettled portion of land resting half in the US and the other half in Canada. On both sides and scattered around are places called the "rez" which is the indian reservation for the Ojibwa or also called the Chippewa tribes. Cork is ...more
This is the first Cork O'Connor mystery I've read, but I'm going to read all of them. This is one of those books that I didn't want to end. I loved the setting in the Canadian woods. I loved the contrast between the Ojibwe values and the white culture and that the narrator understands and is part of the Ojibwe values. There were surprises that didn't seem contrived. You never knew what was going to happen next. And it has a beautiful tragic love story.
Brent Soderstrum
Book 7 of Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. Although this one isn't one of my favorites it is still an enjoyable read. I was recently at an event where Kent Krueger spoke and he said that this one is his favorite of the Cork O'Connor series.

This book focuses on Henry Meloux and the search for his son. Henry is a 90+ year old Okjibwe mentor to Cork so when he asks Cork to help him Cork feels obligated to do so even though Cork has his own family issues to deal with. Cork, Henry and Wayne Schanno he
This is another great book by Krueger. I was enthralled with Henry Meloux's life story. Cork's family continues to change and evolve. I'm looking forward to the next book to see what the future holds.
Two distractions right off the bat: WKK switched to first person POV for Corks voice. It for me. Next distraction was the audiobooks fault, they changed the narrator. The narrator they switched to has done the five PJ Tracy Monkeewrench books, so instead of hearing "Cork's voice", all I heard was the characters from Monkeewrench. Again, put the book off for me.

However, POV and narrators aside, this was just a meh read. If you've been following the Cork O'Connor series (which has taken
Jul 14, 2012 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
AMAZING! Where do I begin? This is #8 in the Cork O'Connor series and I have loved EVERY one of these stories but so far, I have to tell you, THUNDER BAY is one of my favorites!
This tale is mostly about Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual advisor and close friend. Henry appears in all of the stories but in THUNDER BAY, he asks a special favor of Cork, and that is, to please help him locate his long lost son. The history and background that Henry shares with Cork will abso
Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor is ready for a life of relative peace when his life was soon interrupted .Henry Meloux (a Ojibwe medicine man) has asked investigator Cork O' Connor to find Henry's long lost son. Before that happens, Cork must find out the truth behind the story of Henry's 1920 adventure. He had led two white men and a young white woman into the Canadian wilderness. While the white men searched for gold, Meloux found another treasure: love. B ...more
Phil Griffin
I like Krueger's writing........nothing fancy, but a fun read with lots of Minnesota.
Once I got used to the new narrator, I liked this one as much as the others I've read in this series. There was a large flashback in the middle where we learned about Henry Meloux's past. Since Henry is one of my favorite characters, I really enjoyed it. The mystery was just so so but the relationships carried the story.
Ruth Ann
So far, this is my favorite Cork O'Connor Mystery, probably because I learned more about the past of my favorite character, Ojibwe medicine man, Henry Meloux. I also liked that Cork was entering new territory in his personal life . . . being a parent of a daughter who is 18 and makes her own decisions.

Favorite quotes:
"White people had always believed that what they had was what the Ojibwe should aspire to." (p.119)

"In all my time among white people, the one thing I understood best was that for
I took 7 of Krueger's Cork O'Connor mysteries out of the library and am reading them in the order in which he wrote them. However, there are others at least four interspersed among these, that I have already read.

I like Krueger's mysteries' plots. Seldom can I predict the resolution of the conflicts, which always include man vs. man, man vs. self, and man vs. nature.

However, I realized I also like O'Connor as a protagonist, and I like learning about his family. Cork O'Connor is not a mysterious,
Jun 24, 2014 Adrienne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Adrienne by: Wendy
I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to. It started off rather slowly paced and I couldn't see where it was going. But this whole thing ended up surprising me despite the slow pace of the story.

I was quite impressed with the story line and the characters were easily relatable. I would definitely be reading more form this author as this is the fist book that I have read by Kent Krueger.

The story, albeit very lengthy and full of excitement, was unusual but I found that the story made se
Justin Luther
While I did enjoy this book, I'm not sure how I felt about it in comparison to the rest of the Cork O'Connor books.

I'll talk negatives first, then switch to positives. First of all, I wish that it had been a little longer. Maybe even a lot longer. When I finished Meloux's section I felt like there should be another 300 pages. I felt like we were just getting started. Don't get me wrong, I like that specific section but I thought that the follow-up fell short.

On the upside, Meloux's section was
This has been my favorite of the series so far. I think the whole story of Henry going back to his youth brought an extra level to the story. Cork's current situation in some ways mirrored what happened to Meloux in the past and may have helped Jim deal with the situation. All of this of course happening while he is helping Henry find the sons he never met. This book took them from nethermost Minnesota up into Canada.

My favorite quote of the book came at the end....

"The biggest word in the human
This is my first Cork O'Connor, which I picked up after enjoying Ordinary Grace tremendously. Like Ordinary Grace,I would have a hard time deciding where to shelve it in a library, Mystery or Literature. It is a beautifully written book with a mystery at its center and should appeal to non-mystery fans as well and mystery readers.

It reminded me of the the things I like best about C J Box's Joe Pickett series.Both feature a decent man as protagonist with a strong family presence and a beautiful o
Fascinating. I love the way Krueger manages to have seamless storytelling with so many different facets. Thunder Bay gives you more insight into Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man, with the telling of his younger days and only love. Unconditional love seems to be a theme throughout the book as past, present and future collide and the promises we keep are sometimes devastating.
Jan Kellis
I loved the location of this book, up near my neck of the woods--Minnesota and Canada (I live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, so we have a similar climate). The book itself seemed a bit disjointed to me, and maybe this is because it's part of a series and I haven't read any others.

Part One, in which we are introduced to the characters, kept backflashing to previous books in the series in an attempt to pique my interest (I think), but these flashbacks were so clunkily worded they were annoying to
Linda Branich
Another 5 stars for William Kent Krueger

This is a Cork O'Connor mystery that is mainly about Henry Meloux, a 90+ year old Ojibwe family friend, a healer, who is taken to the hospital with a serious illness that the doctors can't quite figure out. They think it is his physical heart, but Meloux reveals to Cork that it is his spiritual heart.

Corkwork is charged with finding Meloux's son. Meloux has never met his son, but feels that he needs help. Cork leaves the hospital armed with the mother's na
Feb 05, 2009 Valerie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Valerie by: Mom
This book is the middle of one of the legion of mystery series that my Mom is following. She thought this one stood out from the rest of the series and she loaned it to me. I thought it was ok. The mystery itself did very little for me, but I liked the characters a lot.
This was a thoroughly engrossing story that held my interest until the very end. The whole Cork O'Connor series is packed full with adventure and interesting characters. I am looking forward to the next book as with each one they get better and better.
Great book! My favorite of the Cork O'Connor series of those I have read. Each book brings Henry Meloux into the story in some way. Henry is an old Indian healer, or Mide. His place is so significant in these books as he brings so much wisdom and Indian lore. In this story Henry asks Cork to find his son who lives in Thunder Bay, Canada. It is, of course, another great adventure. The story centers around Henry as a young man and a big life changing event that lead to him becoming a healer. There ...more
Jack A. Linn
The Best Yet!

The Best Yet!

Each book in this series seems better than the previous one.

Thunder Bay is so much more than just a mystery . . . it's a story about people and families who have real lives that aren't always lived the way we want. There's sadness and joy . . . love and lust . . . and personal growth as we follow the characters we've come to know from one book to the next.

There's even a glimpse of native American culture and values that may just help us to reevaluate our own. And, of c
Cork O'Conner is a former sheriff. He now runs a hamburger joint. He has recently decided to become a private investigator. His 90+ year old friend Henry comes to him with a story over 70 years old. Henry fathered a child he has never seen. Henry wants Cork to find the 70+ year old son so that Henry can connect with him. Henry tells the whole story of how he met and loved a young woman, how men seeking gold in the Canadian wilderness used Henry as a guide, how it all lead to murder and the loss ...more
Edgar Raines
This is another tightly plotted William Kent Krueger mystery featuring sometimes sheriff, sometimes private investigator, sometimes private citizen Cork O'Connor set in the North Woods, this time somewhere north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Krueger has always been master of a strong plot line but I think his characterization of key individuals has improved as he has gained experience as a writer. I always have a difficult time putting one of his mysteries down and this one was no exception. If you h ...more
Cork is asked to find the son of Henry Meloux the tribe mede. The son is a surprise to all who know Henry. All Cork has is a woman's name and the idea to begin looking in Ontario Canada. The search winds up being easier than expected with the help of the internet. But things take on a bizarre spin as the son is reported to be a Howard Hughes type recluse.
When someone tries to kill Henry Cork begins to believe the find was much too simple.
At the same time Cork and Jo are struggling to support t
May 07, 2015 Ariel added it
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Henry Meloux asks Cork, working as a part-time PI, to find a long-lost son the ancient Ojibwe medicine man has never met... from a relationship with a white woman, Maria Lima, seventy-three years ago. Cork gets two clues to work from: a location in Canada and a gold watch with a picture of Maria. Cork proves his PI chops by shortly locating the son, who is an eccentric retired mining entrepreneur. Managing a meeting between the rich son and elderly Henry is a c
Another fantastic read by Mr. Krueger, just when you think it can't get any better he delivers another book that you can't put down!! This one was special as if you have followed his main characters in his books along the way, you will come to love Henry Meloux the Ojibwe medicine man, and his views on life, nature, and the spiritual world, but as for me would always like to know more about the mystery behind him. In "Thunder Bay" Krueger unfolds the story and the mystery behind the man. For tho ...more
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Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for ...more
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