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Windigo Island (Cork O'Connor #14)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,252 Ratings  ·  304 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, 339 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)
Kate the 15th book is coming out this September for this series. I can't wait!! the title is Manitou Canyon

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Jun 27, 2015 Trish rated it really liked it
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
Diane S ☔
Aug 22, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
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
Jul 27, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Right up front, I want to say this book deals with the abduction and forced prostitution of young children. However, the most descriptive Krueger gets is telling you what the young girls are wearing. The rest will be in your imagination.

I felt this was a powerful and emotional book. There is much Native American mysticism with the epitome of evil in the Windigo. Cork is more angry than I've ever seen him. Henry provides a calming, healing nature. Jenny is, well, let's say she's a lot like her fa
May 23, 2016 Rajan rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

A very tedious read. The description of plight of girls and degeneration of india society is avery sorry. So many words of native language which i did not understand amd it break the flow.

I did not like the book.

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There was anger in Puck, which he’d channeled in a way that would drive him for a while. At some point, the anger wouldn’t be enough. He might well accomplish what he intended to do, outwhite the white man, but the cost would be great, Cork suspected. Then agai
Jan 25, 2016 Skip rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 21, 2014 Connie rated it liked it
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
Nov 10, 2014 Charty rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2014 Kifflie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-mysteries
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
Jan 06, 2016 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Bummer, I am totally caught up with this series. Another lovely read (or listen since I did this series while driving to work.) I love Cork O'Connor. I love Henry Meloux. This book doesn't really need any further review from me. If you've read any of the series, you know what they're like and this is more of the same. This one had some strong secondary characters who I really liked. It's great to see Cork's kids taking part and I sneaked a peak at the plot of the upcoming book due later this yea ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Just not for me. I think you need to read the previous books in this series first, as the characters took me awhile to sort out. Fairly slow-moving plot about runaway girls. Got nearly half way through and abandoned it.
Aug 23, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2014 Brenden Schaaf rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2014 Annie rated it it was amazing
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...:)
May 06, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
"Windigo Island", from author William Kent Krueger is the second of his Cork O'Connor novels I've read. I jumped into the series with the thirteenth, ("Tamarack County"), so my background knowledge of the characters, and their dynamics with each other is somewhat limited. I did find, "Windigo Island", an enjoyable read even though at times I wasn't too sure on what some characters were talking about. Even though I liked the story it flowed at a pace much slower than previous Cork O'Conner book I ...more
David Tindell
Aug 30, 2014 David Tindell rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2014 Vicki rated it it was ok
Not as good a read as I have come to expect from William Kent Krueger. In a scene near the beginning of the book, Cork says something to a woman that is so out of character that it almost ruins the entire book for me. And I think with the trailer scene the book just completely falls apart. From that point on, the story becomes unbelievable. That and Jenny's voice just didn't work.
Chris Norbury
Oct 02, 2014 Chris Norbury rated it really liked it
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
Nov 04, 2014 Beverlee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
Sep 30, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 13, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2014 Lori Donehower rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 28, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Latest in the Cork O'Connor mystery series. The theme is the Native American saying that "In every human being there are two wolves constantly fighting. One is fear and the other is love." When asked which wolf wins the battle, the answer is: "The one you feed". This story encompasses human trafficking, fracking and a great deal of insight into the Native American experience. It even made me want to visit Duluth!
Stacy Bearse
Jun 08, 2015 Stacy Bearse rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
An average crime thriller with strong characters, but formulaic and lacking in tension. I read Krueger's books for their portrayal of modern Native American culture and the author's incisive take on the northern Minnesota lake country. Not a bad series, but it could be so much better with more imaginative plot lines.
Sep 02, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing
"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
Dec 01, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
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.
"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, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don't solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O'Connor, former sheriff turned pr ...more
Ginny Dodge
May 16, 2015 Ginny Dodge rated it really liked it
This means I'm all caught up on Cork O'Connor mysteries. This book was really exciting, and it brought Native, underage prostitution into conversation. Krueger has a very powerful voice and starts readers thinking about how minority lives are affected by White culture. There is a distinct knowledge and omnipresent thought behind the way Krueger develops and exposes these themes in his books, and I'm always captivated throughout the novel. It was nice to read from Jenny's point of view in Part II ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it
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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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“In every human being, there are two wolves constantly fighting. One is fear, and the other is love. When Cork had asked which of the wolves won the battle, Meloux’s answer had been: The one you feed. Always the one you feed.” 5 likes
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