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Blood Hollow (Cork O'Connor #4)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,447 Ratings  ·  263 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
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Published July 1st 2005 by Pocket Star (first published January 26th 2004)
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Jul 19, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling glimpse of Northern Minnesota small town and family life along with a mysterious death. Clues logically build up throughout the book, but I was suckered into suspecting nearly everyone. It's all there to figure out if you're sharp.

I love this series and the main character, Cork O'Connor. Especially wonderful......the book opened with a blizzard and it's so lovely to read about snow when it's 97 degrees outside.
Dec 30, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing
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
May 08, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This book reminded me a lot of the Walt Longmire series of books, probably because of the Native American aspects, but also because the characteristics of the protagonists (Walt and Cork) seemed similar. This was a good mystery that kept me guessing. There were a lot of suspects, and a lot of red herrings. Although there was a little too much Catholic and Native American spirituality for me, I will probably read more in this series. I listened to the audio book and thought the narrator did a goo ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rick Fisher
Mar 21, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jun 20, 2014 Jeanette rated it liked it
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
Dec 03, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in the saga of Cork O'Connor. Although Cork is no longer sheriff, he still becomes involved in local investigations--this one is the death of a young woman. The solving has several twists and turns, and even takes O'Connor to California in order to solve the case. And it looks as though he may be running for sheriff again. We'll find out with the next book, I guess. I like Krueger's writing and the connection of O'Connor's Native American heritage. Good reading!
Charlotte Kane, daughter of the wealthy Fletcher Kane, disappears on New Year’s Eve in the small town of Aurora, Minnesota. Everyone, including former sheriff Cork O'Connor, is involved in the search for her. Despite the fascinating and somewhat paranormal incident Cork has while on his snowmobile, her body isn't found until the spring thaw. She disappeared after a fight with ex-lover, Solemn Winter Moon, a young Ojibwe Indian. He becomes the only “person of interest” in the investigation and Co ...more
Una Tiers
Jan 20, 2014 Una Tiers rated it really liked it
Nice plot that keeps you guessing. And the plot twists are sooooo good I may copy them, in admiration of course.
Mar 08, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series of books, and not only because they're well written and set in Minnesota, a state where I spent a lot of summers as a child and a state I really love, but also because they manage to convey an understanding of the Ojibwe Indian culture, as well as a real feeling for the small town life. Having lived in a small town as a child I can relate to that. But Krueger manages to add a lot of different twists to his novels, so that they are not just whodunits but also have great ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing
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
LInda L
Apr 19, 2016 LInda L rated it really liked it
This book was not up to the standards of others he's written -- it was good, but definitely went the way of strange and unlikely at times. And it was as if when he couldn't think what else to do with a character -- he killed them. Of course, Cork and Jo were fine, as were the children. A bit too much about some obscure Catholic issues.
I only have ONE Cork O'Connor to go -- number 2 in the series. Looking forward to it.
Jul 10, 2016 Marjorie rated it it was amazing
I have read three of the Corcoran O'Connor series of books now. This was the best. I couldn't figure out the "villain" at all. I had to keep reading until I finished the book. This author writes so well that you just flow from one page to the next. I recommend this book.
Andy Plonka
Feb 06, 2016 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
Shelves: src
I have not been reading this series in order and this one filled in some big holes in the ongoing plot for me
Jun 05, 2016 ElaineY rated it it was amazing
Narrator: David Chandler

With this installment, Krueger has become one of my fav murder mystery writers. Not just because of the plot, but because he was able to marry religious tones to what is, essentially, a murder investigation by Cork, who really should stop this playing-hard-to-get game and become the sheriff again. I dislike - no, I detest - thrillers featuring killers spouting Scripture as they go about their kills, or going on endlessly about some spiritu
Angelo Giambra
Apr 10, 2016 Angelo Giambra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Angelo by: Earlier books
I came across William Kent Krueger almost by accident. Browsing Amazon for a good book, I was intrigued by the description of Ordinary Grace. It had received many good reviews and so I cracked open the book.

You only need to read a single page of any book by Mr. Krueger to become ensnared by his writing. I read Ordinary Grace voraciously, then decided to read one of his Cork O'Connor mysteries. For whatever reason, I first read Tamarack County, the 13th installment of his O'Conner series. I simpl
Apr 02, 2015 Bria rated it it was ok
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
Feb 11, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I love the characters and the setting in this series. This was a particularly good mystery I thought.
Ginny Dodge
Apr 15, 2015 Ginny Dodge rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2015 Joan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, audio
I love this series. Each book stands alone, but reading them in order is a great experience. Cork is not the sheriff and is working in his burger joint. He is pulled into a murder of a young girl. There are so many twists and turns, it makes the book really exciting. The girl has come back to Aurora with her father who lived there until he was 12 when his father committed suicide. Solemn, an Indian is accused of the murder. Cork doesn't believe Solemn did it and promises to help him. Solemn runs ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2014 Dwayne Wojtowicz rated it it was amazing
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
Tara Choate
Feb 16, 2016 Tara Choate rated it really liked it
This is a good entry in the series and a solid piece of character development. I really LIKE that the author didn't have Cork run for reelection and sort of come into the sheriff role as sort of an "inevitable" part of his character. While Jo was a strong and vibrant part of this plot, sometimes stealing the show, I was disappointed that (unlike the last novel) that there wasn't much in the way of discussion between her and Cork. Liked that this book was very procedural, but disappointed that su ...more
Eileen Goudge
Dec 29, 2014 Eileen Goudge rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2015 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2015 Mike Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2014 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2014 Ila Jean rated it liked it
#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
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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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