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Trickster's Point (Cork O'Connor #12)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,607 ratings  ·  211 reviews
The dying don't easily become the dead.

The next novel in William Kent Krueger's New York Times bestselling series finds Cork O'Connor sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster's Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. With him is Jubal Little, who is favored to become the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, and who is slowly dying
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Atria Books (first published August 2012)
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I was very disappointed when author William Kent Krueger killed off the wife of his main character in book #9 (Heaven's Keep) because they had a special relationship, not perfect by any means, but a certain yin-yang thing, whereby they filled in the holes in the other. Several books later, Cork O'Connor seems to have found a new soulmate in Henry Meloux's niece, Rainy. Here is a wonderful summary of Cork's character from Rainy: "[Uncle Henry] says you are like a dog who can't remember where he's ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
#12 in the series..and the newest to go on sale August 21, 2012. Thanks to Wendy at S&S/Atria Books for the ARC.
Another fantastic addition to the series, staring Cork O'Connor and his family and friends in Aurora, Minnesota.
Meet Jubal Little, a childhood buddy of Cork's, who has married into a powerful political family and is the current state governor.
While on a trip back home, Jubal and Cork are out hunting deep in the Minnesota wilderness, at an area, where a stone monolith is located
I used to be a voracious mystery/suspense reader some years back. But it seemed like too many writers were focused on creating incredible plot twists instead of creating interesting, multidimensional characters and generally beautiful, solid writing. Bad guys were cliched. Setting was almost nonexistent. Dialogue, likewise cliched and so transparently used as a device to deliver back story and information. I think the genre has suffered for that trend. But I was so excited to find that William K ...more
Christopher Smith
I give this Cork O'Connor book my "best story in a series" award. It was worth the wait....and left me wanting to turn another page. The book stands alone (so if it is your first William Kent Krueger read, you won't be left wondering about references to earlier books.) But Krueger only provides O'Connor family background when background is essential (so if you have, like me, read all of the others in the series, you won't get bored by the repetition.) The Ojibwa mystic tradition is interestingly ...more
I won this book in a drawing from This was the first of Krueger's books that I've read and this was #12 in the series, but I found that I really didn't have to read the previous books to get up to speed in this one. There is a lot of back story, filling in the main character's relationship with the other characters, so that was a good thing. It was also frustrating because I wanted to stick with the main plot line and move forward with it more quickly.

Krueger's understanding an
I won this book from

This is the first novel I've read in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series but with ample flashbacks to Cork's childhood, teenage years, and other pertinent references to his more recent past, the story is satisfyingly self-contained.

I was surprised by the nature of the writing. I was expecting a novel filled with suspense but I'd classify it as a rather sleepy thriller, at best. That's not to undercut its success. It's a well-constructed mystery. In fact, I though
Pamela Mass
I love visiting Aurora, MN! The characters are like family and neighbors I've known all my life. I used to wish this series would be a movie or tv series, but not anymore. I don't think anyone could do it justice (the way the Longmire series is being done comes close, though). I still try to picture the perfect actor to play Cork, but no one fits the bill. He's a combination of every perfect leading man. This story is beautifully written (what book has Kent not written beautifully?), and I love ...more
Approximately a year after the events of Northwest Angle finds Cork O’Connor once again dealing with the weighty issues of family, friendship, and survival in the wilderness of the North Country of Minnesota. It took Jubal Little three hours to die. Plenty of time for a man to confess his sins, make peace with the past, and more while siting against a rock at Trickster’s Point.

Cork O’Connor may have thought about killing Jubal Little. He may have gone to the site for a lot of reasons – including
Lorca Damon
I don’t really like mysteries. Basically, I just never care whodunit and even if it was the butler, I can’t really figure out why he did it.

Fortunately, Krueger is such a masterful storyteller that he made me care. You can’t not care, especially when a beloved political figure is lying on the ground, gasping for breath with his best friend’s arrow sticking out of his chest. And there’s a really complex reason why this best friend sat beside the dying man for three hours without going to get help
Marcia Ferguson
Actually, I'd give this book a 4.5 star rating. My first William Kent Krueger book to read and I look forward to reading lots more of them. The premise was utterly clever and it kept me hooked throughout the book. Inspired. As often happens with mysteries, I felt the cards fell into place too rapidly for me, as if the conclusion was bound to be complicated and it was. So the writer kind of rushed through it all to tie the ends up.

However, now that a day has gone by, I've found myself making more
I just discovered William Kent Krueger. I was interested in him because he writes about Northern Minnesota where my friend Chuck Gilley lives.I was happy to find another writer I can turn to reliably for a good read. He is thoughtful. His dialogue is generally pretty good. The novels pace well and the usually end in a twist. It's all fun. I also like that Krueger explores spirituality, especially Roman Catholicism and Ojubwe spirituality. This particular book takes a look at relationships over y ...more
I am so thrilled that William Kent Krueger continues to write these wonderful Cork O'Connor books! Trickster's Point goes back into Cork's past to explain the happenings in his present life. This is the twelfth in the series and it is just as well written and compelling as the rest.

Jubal Little has been in and out of Cork's life for as long as he can remember. Jubal is assassinated in the first moments of the book. Cork has been set up to take the fall. And so it begins.

Krueger weaves native Ame
4.5 stars. Another great read in this consistently fine series. I'll admit I was a little disappointed with the author because I had figured out the murderer and the motive about mid-book. Yeah, I was completely wrong and can't believe I fell for the red herring.

I enjoyed this book because it included flashbacks of Cork's past -- his childhood and his teenage years, which have not been featured or referenced much in the series.

This was not as much of a thriller in the way the last few books have
This book opens with Cork O'Connor out hunting with a childhood friend who is running for governor of Minnesota. The friend is shot and killed with an arrow that appears to be Cork's. Cork is suspected of killing his friend and starts his own investigation. I LOVE this series. It is one of my favorites. Krueger's writing is so engaging. His narrative is so beautifully written, that I often find myself stopping to re-read passages and savor the prose. He is a master at describing setting and crea ...more
I'm beginning to think I could write one of these books. Here's the formula.

Someone dies under mysterious circumstances, generally involving Cork O'Conner in the first few chapters. Cork spends his time driving or boating back and forth between his family's home on Gooseberry lane and the crime scene while making a few stops out at Henry Meloux's cabin. The bumbling idiots from the cities who are in to help out on the investigation bother all the locals and always chase the wrong trail. Some lar
TRICKSTER’S POINT by William Kent Krueger

If you are looking for a literate mystery with well-developed characters and a convincing, challenging plot, this is the book for you. Krueger’s latest chapter in the life of his Cork O’Conner character will have you guessing until the last pages.
Several characters from Cork’s past have reason to kill off Cork’s childhood friend, rising politician Jubal Little. When Little’s life is cut short in the middle of his gubernatorial campaign, Cork is the prime
A challenging plot involves Cork and several childhood friends, one of whom was close enough to be categorized as a brother. The story of their past is told in flashback segments while Cork is being considered a prime suspect in his death. Ever the politician, Cork's friend, Jubal, has grand ambitions for the state of Minnesota when he becomes governor, a wife, a mistress and several secrets.
Mary Jo
It was good but I had the ending figured out halfway through. His earlier books in the series are much better in my opinion.
Shelly Itkin
This is a story about love, friendship and trust. Sometimes we don't see people for what they really are.

Cork O'Connor and Jubal Little have been friends since school and have also known Winona Crane and her brother Willie, whom Jubal had helped out during a fight in their youth. They have remained friends thru the years but many things have happened as each has gone in different directions.

Thru the years Jubal has become a political figure why Cork was a Sheriff who has now gone into investiga
This time I have started a series of novels written by William Kent Krueger with the twelfth book titled Trickster's Point. The story opens with Cork sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith in the Minnesota wilderness and thinking back to the day when he sat with his best friend who was dying with an arrow pierced through his heart. Law authorities wanted to know why Cork had not gone for help when it took three hours for Jubal to die. When the arrow turns out to be exactly like the ones Co ...more
After NORTHWEST ANGLE, I was ready to call it quits with Cork O'Connor. I'm so glad I didn't. I enjoyed this book and no longer want to tell Cork goodbye. There are not many surprises with the plot, but it is still a pleasure to set out with Cork to solve the mystery and spend time at Iron Lake again. In fact, TRICKSTER'S POINT reminds me a lot of IRON LAKE, the first book of the series.

I was especially happy that Rose was not there baking cookies and serving hot coffee on every page. Now if Je
Kathleen Hagen
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This is the 12th in the Cork O’Connor series. Cork goes hunting with a former friend of his four days before the election which might bring him the governorship of Minnesota, the first NativeAmerican governor. But while they are hunting on the most dangerous spot, Trickster’s Point, Cork comes upon his friend with an arrow shot to his heart. His friend asks him not to
Gloria Feit
Cork O’Connor has faced many perplexing situations in this long-running series set in Upper Minnesota. None, however, is as stunning as takes place in this latest chapter, perhaps because it begins at Trickster’s Point, where, according to Native American legend nothing is what it seems as the spirits play games. At the foot of the monolith sit Cork and Jubal Little, the presumptive future Governor of Minnesota. An arrow protrudes from Jubal’s chest, right through his heart. He asks Cork to rema ...more
Finished this title over a month ago and finally writing a review. I bagan it on a Wednesday evening and finished it the next day--something that only occurs when two elements merge--I have a well written book in hand and the time to pursue reading it.
Krueger knows his craft well, writes a tight story and this title pulls at the bonds of childhood friendship playing out in adult lives.
While there is much action in the present, the reasons for it happening are deeply rooted in childhood and young
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 won this book in a contest on and want to thank them for holding these contests.

To be fair to everyone, I have to mention that the two best books I’ve read in the past year are Cutting For Stone and The Orphan Master’s Son. Also. I started Trickster’s Point the day I finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son, so I did not find it full of the “nail biting suspense“ mentioned on the jacket flap. Furthermore, even though I do watch some mysteries on TV, I don’t usually read them,
This was my first book in this series; the library had gotten the audio version. I had not heard of the author, and I enjoy mysteries which play out in diverse cultural settings. This series is set in Minnesota and incorporates the Native American heritage of that region.

The story was interesting; I would have been more familiar with various relationships had I not started with number 12 in the series, but the reader is given enough information to understand things. It wasn't the best writing I'

I had greatly enjoyed a William Kent Krueger coming of age novel, and so I decided to give one of his Cork O'Connor series a try. In this story, Cork, the former sheriff of his rural community in upstate Minnesota, part-Ojibwe Indian, widower, and a magnet for trouble, gets involved in a high-profile murder that pulls together many of the threads of his childhood.

The victim is Jubal Little, a former pro football quarterback running for governor, who dies with a hunting arrow through his heart, w
Kathleen Freeman
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Chris Howard
First time I've read this author. I always like to read a book set in the state I grew up in. Although this is set in the far Northern part of the state in the iron range area still the familiar things are there. The main character, Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Aurora is part Ojibwe and hunts in the old way. When his friend is shot through the heart with an arrow that looks like Corks he is a suspect. Cork begins his own investigation into the murder. We see a lot of Cork and Jubal's(the ...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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