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Blood Hollow (Cork O'Connor #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,862 ratings  ·  209 reviews
When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered on a hillside four months after her disappearance on New Year's Eve, all evidence points to her boyfriend, local bad boy Solemn Winter Moon. Despite Solemn's self-incriminating decision to go into hiding, Cork O'Connor, Aurora's former sheriff, isn't about to hang the crime on the kid, whom O'Connor is convin ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Pocket Star (first published January 26th 2004)
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Rick Fisher
Mar 21, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Shelves: mystery
The fourth novel in the Cork O'Corcoran series by W K Krueger. This series has become, to me, like a hot bowl of stew on a winters night. It is very warm, comforting and the one thing that makes your day slip away.
Good standard mystery set in Aurora, Minnesota. Krueger, IMHO, has a much better than average writing style than the most successful mystery format writers. To me the lack of the 4th star is usually (as it was here) within the plot. This one is a a bit slow in the start and into the middle, too much sandwich and beer descriptions or coffee out of the thermos descriptions for me- but the characters become real people with quirks, specific worldview and clear visage "about town" by the time you ge ...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
This is the fourth book in a series, and by now the characters are old friends. Krueger tells a nice, tight story. Kept me guessing until the very end. Just a touch of supernatural mixed with a bit of religious experience have some of the characters questioning themselves. I'm looking forward to the next book to see where things go.
Every time I read another Krueger novel, I am amazed all over again by his talent. He is truly a gifted writer. Blood Hollow is the best of his books I've read (reading them in order). This is the 4th of 14, so I have much pleasure to come.

Blood Hollow is a genuine mystery, with plenty of suspense and plot twists that continue to the very end. The ongoing characters in this series are complex and engaging, with back stories increasingly revealed as they continue to develop. The characters new to
William Kent Krueger – 4th in series
When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered four months after her death, all evidence points to her boyfriend, local bad boy Solemn Winter Moon. However Cork O'Connor, Aurora's former sheriff, is convinced he’s innocent. In a battle to clear Solemn's name, Cork encounters small-town bigotry, bureaucracy and the emergence of a long-held resentment hailing from his own childhood. Complicating matters even more, Solemn reappe
Una Tiers
Nice plot that keeps you guessing. And the plot twists are sooooo good I may copy them, in admiration of course.
Jan 16, 2011 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction fans
"Blood Hollow" is one of William Kent Krueger's better offerings. While I ordinarily would be put off by the supernatural elements in his books, because of the tie-in to Native American lore, I actually appreciate them being there.

In this story, a young woman is murdered and the accused, a young Indian boy, Solemn Winter Moon, disappears. Cork O'Connor, the protagonist and ex-sheriff is not convinced that Winter Moon is the murderer, even though the current sheriff and many of the town-people be
So this book must have inspired the Longmire show or they are just weirdly similar. Same idea, Native American reservation with a tiny town by it (with racial hostility) and the story is about the Sheriff. However, the Longmire show has gore, grit, thrill and some darkness that is expected with a story that deals with spirits and murder, this book does not (which is strange and a total letdown!)

Krueger must be an optimistic, unrealistic person, because his characters lived in a completely unbala
Ginny Dodge
I thought this book had an extra spark in it. Perhaps it was the religious tilt, perhaps it was the sad struggle and loss felt through Solemn Winter Moons story, or perhaps it was just a culmination of many little things. I liked Cork's struggles over not being sheriff, trying to help anyway, and getting into his normal amount of trouble. I was interested to learn about ritual eating, Cork's Chicago past, and though bittersweet, I was happy to have Rose featured throughout the story. I hope her ...more
My dad doesn't read much fiction and recommended this book. We've spent a lot of time in Northern Minnesota, so I decided to read it, even though my dad and I rarely venture into the same literary waters :). And surprisingly, I now have a whole, new-to-me series to enjoy. The mystery remained a mystery to me until it was revealed, the writing was good, and the characters were strong. Since this book wasn't first in the series, I look forward to going back to the beginning and reading the rest in ...more
Dwayne Wojtowicz
What do you get when you have a former sheriff mixed up in a murder mystery?

That's right, you get William Kent Krueger's "Blood Hollow."

After 17-year-old Charlotte Kane--the beautiful, brilliant, and brooding daughter of a rich widower--disappears on a drunken New Years' Eve snowmobile ride, a raging blizzard soon snuffs out all search efforts. When her body is found during the spring thaw four months later, preliminary evidence implicates her ex-boyfriend--Ojibwe bad-boy, Solemn Winter Moon. Bu
Eileen Goudge
Another winner from the master of suspense. I don't know how he does it each and every time. It's tricky to keep a series interesting and without running out steam (or dead bodies), but in his Iron Lake series Krueger proves once more why's he's the best. It starts with a girl gone missing in a snow storm and ex-sheriff Cork O'Connor on the job, investigating the murder when she turns up dead. I was riveted from start to finish. His characters, though flawed, are fully realized. Cork is right u ...more
All my mystery loving friends are missing out if they haven't tried William Kent Krueger. I'm sorry I waited as long as I did to start. I continue to love Corc O'Connor. The characterization just grows richer with each book I read. The mix of the wilderness of northern Minnesota and the mix of races in the small town of Aurora make compelling reading. The secondary characters are also very strong and they continue to change and grow. Except the old shaman Henry Mallou, he's perfect just the way ...more
Mike Kennedy
Very interesting fast paced read. Lots of things happening in this installment of the Cork O'Connor series. A teenager from town is gone missing/murdered on New Years Eve. Cork gets involved in defending the accused along with his wife, Jo. Krueger does a great job of giving us a number of suspects in the book to choose from, only to confuse along the way, until finally revealing who the villain is at the end. There are numerous characters that you think could have done it, but your just not sur ...more
Brent Soderstrum
The fourth book in Krueger's Cork O'Conner series will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. Three times during the book I thought I knew who the killer was only to find out that I was wrong. I do love twists and this book certainly has them.

A high school girl is missing and then later found dead in Aurora, Minnesota. Everyone thinks it had to be her Indian boyfriend Solemn. Cork wants to help Solemn because Solemn certainly isn't helping himself. First he disappears for awhile. T
Ila Jean
#4 in a series I'm gradually working my way through. I've gotten to know Cork O’Connor, sheriff in former books and now former sheriff in Minnesota’s boundary waters country. The novel starts with a blizzard so the beautiful, reckless teen’s body isn’t found until the spring thaw. I like the setting which is the small rural town of Auroa, MN, located near an Ojibwe reservation. The plot includes a twisted family drama, anti-native American prejudice, and characters revealing different spiritual ...more
Cork O'Conner is the former sheriff in Aurora, Minnesota. When a young girl is lost in a snow storm on New Year's Eve Cork helps search for her. A blizzard makes them abandon the search. In the following Spring her body is finally found, but it looks like she wasn't just lost - she was murdered. Cork doesn't believe the girl's former boyfriend is guilty, but the evidence against him is overwhelming. Cork searches for the truth and uncovers a complicated web of lies among those around the girl. K ...more
Another great Minnesota mystery from Krueger and another complaint from me. I still would like to see half star ratings on Goodreads as I feel this could assist in more accurately rating some books. This one hits a solid four and a half stars. Cork finds himself assisting his wife as an investigator when a young man is arrested in connection with a missing girl that turns up dead. Will he be able to unravel the unusual turns in the case before it all explodes? I could tell you but you will just ...more
Cork O'Conner is now the ex-sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, but when a young high school girl goes missing one New Year's Eve, and shows up dead in a snow mobile crash in the spring thaw, Cork finds himself in the center of the investigation. A young "bad boy" Ojibwa, Solemn, seems to be the most likely suspect for his former girlfriend's murder. Cork believes he's innocent, and besides Cork has a soft spot for the boy because of his connection to the Ojibwa man who basically raised Cork.

The new
In this “episode” we have Cork butting heads with the new sheriff of Tamarack County, Arnie Soderberg, and Fletcher Cane, father of the murdered girl; while trying to defend Solemn’s innocence. Cork’s lawyer wife , Jo, agrees to defend Solemn and she set’s Cork loose to investigate. I did find it rather fascinating, that Cork pretty much blithely runs around interviewing who he wants when he wants and nobody from the sheriff’s department stops him. I found that rather suspicious, but the author ...more
OK I am really sold now, this is the second book in the Cork O'Connor series I have read. A few months back I found a couple of interesting looking books at a garage sale and got them for a good price. After researching found that they were later books in the O'Connor series. I did the smart thing and went to Barnes and Noble and filled the vacancies on the first few in the series and read the first one "Iron Lake" and this being the second. I can tell you this as I reviewed the first book on he ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
If you are following me here, you will know, I am going in order, now just finishing up #4 in the series of Cork O'Connor and his family and lives in Aurora, MN.
Right off, I am going to tell you, I was so SURE I knew who "did it/the Bad Guy" was, and then, I was proven wrong. Then I read more and NOW I knew, who the "Bad Guy" was...and WOW, I was wrong again. OK, I took my time, reading and reading and near the end, NOW I REALLY KNEW, and yep! once again, I was wrong. I just gave it up and final
Another fine book from William Kent Krueger. It's the kind of book that makes me glad I didn't discover his work earlier, because now I have many books left to read in the series. Having recently listened to his stand-alone, Ordinary Grace, it was interesting to see some of the themes of faith and Minnesota's troubled relationship with the Indians prefigured in this book. Plenty of suspense and also the enjoyment of seeing the development of the O'Connor family's various characters. Highly recom ...more
It was nice to see Cork more healed than he was in the earlier 3 books in the series. Despite that, tragedy still strikes Aurora and Cork, despite not being the sheriff, still has to deal with it. His investigation into the death of Charlotte Kane raises questions of truth and faith for Cork. Along the way we meet many complicated characters and find, once again, that no one is wholly good or wholly evil.
The writing flows, the characters are well-drawn and the descriptions are vivid. Excellent
Nov 20, 2007 Pam added it
TITLE/AUTHOR: BLOOD HOLLOW by William Kent Krueger
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2005/512 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #4 in Cork O'Connor series
TIME/PLACE: Present/Aurora, Minnesota
CHARACTERS: Cork O’Connor, a Native American ex-sheriff
FIRST LINES: January, as usual, was meat locker cold & the girl had already been missing for nearly 2 days. Corcoran O'Connor couldn't ignore the first circumstance. The 2nd he tried not to think about.

10/09/07 -- rec via pbs, upco
Another really good book by Krueger. I've never really read anything by a Minnesota author, and I'm glad that i am now. It's nice to be able to actually picture the landscape because it's up north, an area I love. His mysteries are always really awesome, too, even if I can guess the bad person, I can never guess the actual ending.
Mar 18, 2008 Sesh rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
In a search for new authors to read, I tried this guy. I gave up after about 100 pages of heavy slogging. It appeared to me that Krueger doesn't know if he wants to write a crime story, or a tale about small-time characters in a small-time town. In attempting to write a crime story set in a small-time town, he fails to get the plot moving, and in building characters that are convincing and interesting. The lead character, a former investigator, is totally unimpressive and just kind of drives aro ...more
Katarzyna Polek-craven
You might think that at some point an author runs out of ideas and his series becomes weaker by the book. Well, it hasn't happened in the case of the Cork O'Connor series. This book was as good and as captivating as the first. Loved the story line and the surrounding nature, as always. Starting #5 right away!
I've never read a Krueger book before and WOW, I'll be reading more!!t

The author captured my interest from page one until the utterly surprising end. Fast paced, great characters and no matter how hard I tried I could not guess the conclusion. If you like mysteries, you will love this book!!
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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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