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Windigo Island (Cork O'Connor #14)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  786 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Cork O'Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger.

When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast,
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Atria Books
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Suzanne It's not absolutely essential, but there is a story arc involving the main characters that is much clearer if the books are read in order. The series…moreIt's not absolutely essential, but there is a story arc involving the main characters that is much clearer if the books are read in order. The series is so good, you will want to read them all.(less)

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Diane S.
The unique thing about this series, in which a new one is released every August, is the amazing combination of family, time and place and culture. It is so wonderful to be back inside the world and family of Cork O'Connor. My favorite character though is Henry Meloux, a wise, very elderly Objibwe mide. His quiet persona and his spiritual wisdom serves as the anchor for many in his own family as well as O'Connors.

This story takes them from Iron Mountain, Minnesota to Duluth trying to track down a
When I first read William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, Iron Lake, I was struck by the coldness between whites and Indian populations in Minnesota and admit to finding it off-putting. Krueger’s latest novel is fourteenth in the Cork O’Connor series, and the coldness between the races is still there, but I have a completely different perception of it. Now I feel so grateful to Krueger for pointing out such a failing in our management of race relations that the treatment of Indians on reser ...more
4.5 stars. A dead girl washes up on Windigo Island, one of a pair that ran away from the rez a year earlier. The still missing girl's cousin, Daniel English, seeks help from Midi Henry Meloux, who refuses until the girl's mother comes to see him with the girl's most important possession. Cork O'Connor and daughter Jenny start to investigate, and discover an evil presence, who has become family for these lost runaways as he forces them into prostitution. The underlying reveal about the sexual exp ...more
I had the opportunity to meet William Kent Krueger in person a year ago, and the joy to hear him read the opening chapter of his newest book, Windigo Island. As my Grandpa used to say, "my hairs stood on end" and I promised myself I'd finally read about Cork O'Connor.

Though my preference is to begin at the beginning of a series, I jumped in feet first. For a new-timer, I found myself a bit lost amongst the characters, but that fog quickly dispelled. Cork O'Connor, now retired, is asked to find
Human trafficking is the crime in this latest Cork O'Connor mystery from William Kent Krueger. It's a difficult subject -- Indian girls abused or neglected by their families end up as young prostitutes in the Duluth area. Cork, his daughter Jenny, and the Mide healer Henry Meloux set off in search of one missing teenager from the Bad Bluff Ojibwe.

The story alternates between Cork's point of view and Jenny's, and what strikes me is how distant and harsh Cork comes across through Jenny's eyes. I'v
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"In every human being, there are two wolves constantly fighting. One is fear, and the other is love. The one that wins the battle? The one you feed. Always the one you feed."

"The Ojibwe legend tells of the cursed place called Windigo Island. On Windigo Island, death came in the dark. It came in the form of an awful spirit, a cannibal beast with an insatiable craving for human flesh. Sometimes the beast swept in with the foul odor of carnage pouring off its huge body and a bone-chilling scream le
WKK seems to be changing direction with the Cork O'Connor series in a good way. It's not all about Cork any more. Jenny, Anne and Stephen are finding their voices, and their callings and this is causing some questions deep in the heart of Cork. Cork is becoming a little more human, a little more real.

More so, this books did a great job calling out the little discussed, but ugly truth of child sex trafficking in Minnesota and the role of Duluth in that truth. There is great beauty here in my sta
Brenden Schaaf
William Kent Krueger's books really connect with me and I look forward to reading them when they are released every August. The characters are familiar now like old friends and it is always enjoyable to learn more about then. Windigo Island was another great book in the Cork O'Connor serious and I devoured it in a single day. There are some things that were predictable, but mostly the story held my attention and kept me guessing to the end. I'm also impressed that this book highlighted the issue ...more
Annie Michelle
another most excellent 5 star read!
I have favorite, mostly local authors that I get their books in hardcover and signed if possible and William Kent krueger is one of them...:)
I'm torn by this latest mystery in the Cork O'Connor series. On one hand, I thought the author used the plot line to successfully expose a horrific problem in the Native American community, the sex trafficking of young native girls. On the other hand, I thought there was a lot of unrealistic dialog, thought and action in the book, particularly by O'Connor's daughter, Jenny. For the majority of the book, she just irritated the heck out of me and I wanted to tell her to "grow up" and start thinkin ...more
David Tindell
Cork O'Connor, the one-quarter Ojibwe sheriff-turned-PI from northeast Minnesota, gets involved in one of his darkest investigations yet in William Kent Krueger's latest installment in the series. Hired to search for a missing Native American girl who vanished from her northern Wisconsin home several months earlier, O'Connor and his daughter Jenny descend into the murky and terrifying world of human trafficking.
I met Krueger at a book signing in my town about a year ago, and he described "Win
Chris Norbury
Krueger is one of my favorite authors. His Cork O'Connor series seems to get better with each story, and Windigo Island is one of his best efforts. The series should be read from the beginning, because events from the early stories build and shape each recurring character into what they are in the latest story.

Cork is a flawed hero, given to violence too easily for his own comfort level and wasn't the best husband when he was married, but always seems to do the right thing when the chips are dow
Not Krueger's strongest work. The topic (the exploitation and trafficking of women, Native women in particular) was a difficult one to tackle and unfortunately it came out less like a mystery and more like a treatise on the issue. It's something that should be talked about and I applaud him for his efforts to make more people aware of the issue, I'm just afraid it didn't make for a very good book.

For one thing, there wasn't much mystery. From practically the opening chapters, I could tell you on
This is only the third Krueger book I've read, but I've enjoyed each of them for the same reason: he's just a darn good storyteller! For each book there are secondary reasons why I've enjoyed or appreciated his work, but they're overshadowed by his primary strength — his ability to tell a story in such a way that I almost feel like I'm part of it. It's a sign of a good author when you don't notice the language or the literary technique or even that you're reading. I will definitely seek out othe ...more
Jean Coldwell
I had the honor of meeting William Kent Krueger at a book signing earlier this month. When I presented my newly purchased copy of Windigo Island, he graciously wrote, “To Jean – Feed the right wolf.” He told me that I would discover the meaning of that phrase as I read the book. The first chapter begins with a quote from the Ojibwe Mide (healer), Henry Meloux, “In every human being, there are two wolves constantly fighting. One is fear, and the other is love. The one that wins the battle? Always ...more
William Kent Krueger is a brilliant story-teller who brings the First Nations people of Minnesota to life in his Cork O'Conner mysteries. I truly believe he is one of the finest and most captivating mystery authors writing today. His writing flows and pulls the reader in. Windigo Island, like the previous books in the series, is impossible to put down.

A deceased young native woman who has been missing for a year washes up on Windigo Island. What happened to the young lady who ran away the same t
Lori Donehower
I have said it before and I will say it again - WKK is my favorite author. Windigo Island has a slightly darker tone and he has presented some of the story from daughter Jenny's point of view even having the dialogue and descriptions come from "Jenny's father" instead of simply Cork. I didn't know what to make of that at first but as I read along, I understood why. I saw one review that said the ending was predictable but I did not think so. I raced to finish the story and I confess that I even ...more
"Windigo Island" is the 14th of the Cork O'Connor series and it was the best one yet! Set in the Northwoods of MN Cork battles it out with sex traffickers in search of a 14 year old run away. Sadly, I think this book is more truth than fiction and "only the names have been changed to protect the innocent". Many stores of sex trafficking have been in the news, as close as Rochester & Albert Lea. Kent will certainly make people more aware of the problem with this book. I don't want to say much ...more
I enjoy the Cork O'Connor series by this author, but this one seems more of a statement about our society than a good suspense/ detective novel. It felt more preachy than suspenseful.
Jill Manske
Windigo Island isn't your traditional mystery - it's much less about whodunit than what's really going on with missing Ojibwe girls. Krueger paints a tragically realistic picture of life on northern plains Indian reservations, particularly for young girls and boys, and the desperate measures they take to escape lives of poverty and hoplessness. Creating an ex-cop private investigator with Ojibwa blood as the main character and including other Ojibwa characters who have done well in their lives a ...more
As legend has it there is a vengeful spirit named Michi Peshu, or Windigo. That terrible creature will call your name before it satiates its hunger for human flesh by first ripping your heart from your chest and then consuming it and the rest of your body. It is said to dwell in Lake Superior and the surrounding area, but to prefer Windigo Island over the surrounding area. It is that small island where late one night the body of a local Indian girl, Carrie Verga, arrives to terrorize three boys ...more
I’m glad Cork O’Connor is back. He is one of my favorite mystery characters. He is a private investigator, a former big city cop, the former sheriff of Tamarack County, MN. He is part Irish and part Ojibwe. Windigo Island is a story about good and evil, the choices we make, and how those choices make us who we are. This time he is asked to help find a missing young Native American girl who has run away. It leads him to the city of Duluth and the oil fields of North Dakota, where sex trafficking ...more
Book Him Danno
This is the first book from this author I have read – I have a neighbor that loves this author and she has been reading and writing reviews for us on books from this author. She was unable to read this book at this time so I decided to give it a try.

I was impressed with the writing; I enjoyed the story and the mystery. I was emotionally caught up in the drama of the family that had lost their daughters and how the women knew what was happening because they had done the same at their age to escap
Sharon Huether
A fast paced thriller. Solving a young Native girls murder, plus her friend went missing at the same time. Friends and family all worked together to find Mariah. The sex trafficers had many promises to these girls for a better life. It never happened that way. O'Connor an ex-cop knew where to look with the help of the old Grandpa. There were many hair-raising monents to find justice. Excellent book. I won this book in a "bookreporter Giveaway"
Roger Miller
William Kent Krueger's earliest works, (Iron Lake 98, Boundary Waters 99) his Characters were clearly Christians

struggling with evil. Windigo Island is a disappointment for it has very little Christianity or ethical struggles of it's main

characters other than a choice between fear and love. Windigo Island is an endorsement of Native American Spiritualism.

The book is also an endorsement that you can be a good person with out a compass of right and wrong!

The plus side is it does give you an ins
This is another series I never miss on audio--series narrator David Chandler does all the characters to perfection. This is a very dark story--about the limited options and terrible fates of many Native American girls--as Cork discovers a sex-trafficking operation. The tone is moody, atmospheric, and gritty; the pace intense; the plot involves issues but also focuses on Native American families and the problems that plague them; the language is cadenced, descriptive, and thoughtful. What sets th ...more
The Crime Scene Scene
Windigo Island is the fourteenth novel in the Cork O'Connor series by author William Kent Krueger. Private Investigator Cork O'Connor is hired by the family of an Indian girl who was found murdered to discover who killed their child. As he investigates he gets drawn into a seedy underworld of prositution and the hunt for a mysterious but deadly man known only as the "Windigo"

The novel is set amongst the American Indian community and lots of references to Indian culture and communities.Read the f
In the 14th Cork O'Connor book, Krueger examines the issue of underage Native girls being trafficked for sexual purposes. Not an easy subject, but when the body of a young girl washes up on Windigo Island, and she is identified as the friend who disappeared with another girl related to Cork's dear friend and teacher, Henry Melloux, he stops at nothing to find the missing child. Cork's daughter, Jenny, plays a major role in this story. Krueger deftly tackled a very real social issue, while weavin ...more
Joe Valenti
This book started really slowly, but made up for it a little bit in the end. Cork and Jenny connect with members of Meloux's family as they attempt to solve the mystery of her disappearance. This exploration leads them headlong into the sex trade. Cork goes on a mission to save a young girl and learns a lot about himself in the process.

The new character, Daniel, was not as well developed as I would have liked. It seems like he might be back in the future, so I would have liked to get to know him
Kathleen Freeman
I am a huge William Kent Krueger (and Cork O'Connor) fan and this latest book in the series did not disappoint. It is another example of what a great story teller Kent is, I really liked how he switched the perspective from Cork to Jenny part way through the book. While the crime being investigated in this book was distrubing and made the book a bit dark, Kent's writing and approach made the book totally engaging I did not want to put it down. I do hope we see more of Daniel English in future bo ...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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