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Copper River (Cork O'Connor #6)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,310 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Desperately avoiding the clutches of professional hit men who have already put a bullet in his leg, Cork finds sanctuary outside the small Michigan town of Bodine. But while he's hiding out in an old resort owned by his cousin Jewell DuBois, a bitter widow with a fourteen-year-old son named Ren, the body of a young girl surfaces along the banks of the Copper River -- and t ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Atria Books
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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
Brent Soderstrum
This is the 6th installment in the Cork O'Conner series

Throughout the book I was looking for a reason not to give it five stars. To me a five star book is a special book. Yet when I got done with the book I felt I would only give it a four because I was being stubborn. Is it the best Cork O'Conner book I have read yet? No but I have come to realize I really enjoy Krueger's books. This has twists and brings out a bounty of emotions in the reader. Dread, anticipation, revulsion, guilt, sentimental
Ellen Thielen
A new setting in this book...Michigan... where Cork seeks help from his cousin the veterinarian, to patch a bullet wound. Love the teenage characters in this one. The cougar sightings no one quite believes are also familiar...
After my less than glowing review of Mercy Falls by WKK (book #5), and a need to be ‘reading’ something on my drive to and from work, I sucked it up and started Copper River (book #6) simply because I had it loaded on the iPod.

Book 6 at least, did not incite me to throw my iPod across the car in disgust. This is not to say I didn’t roll my eyes in disbelief more than once, or mutter the occasional “You’ve got to be kidding me…” .

We have a widow in mourning. A young boy and his close friend who
This is a continuation of the story begun in the previous book, Mercy Falls. I guess you could read this without reading Mercy Falls, but it helps to understand the why of Cork O'Conner's current situation. Cork, a sheriff from Minnesota, is wounded and on the run from a contract put on his head for what happened in Mercy Falls. He is fleeing for his life and to keep his family safe. He runs to Wisconsin to an estranged cousin for refuge. He becomes involved in a murder there as he reconnects wi ...more
Yeah, I liked it, but much of what I liked about it was the setting (I grew up in N Minn, in a tiny town, so it felt like old home week) and the inclusion of some Indian culture. I have to admit that I am not a mystery reader. Tony Hillerman is the only other mystery series I have read, and, yes, I'm sure that you see the similarities. I decided to have a go at this series after reading Ordinary Grace, which I loved, and then reading an interview with the author, where he talked about the fact t ...more
Lexie Graham
This book picks up where "Mercy Falls" left off. While it could be read as a stand alone, (there's a little summing up of the previous book early on) it's best read after Mercy Falls. This whole series is probably best read in order since there's Sheriff Cork O'Connor's family story to follow as well as some of his cases. Cork's wounded and hiding out from contract killers at his cousin's cabin resort and the action is centered more around two teenagers, Ren and Charlie, Ren being the son of Cor ...more
A very good story with Cork O'Connor. I hesitated to read it after the first chapter. It sounded too much like The Highway by C.J. Box. That was too gruesome and the lead character died. However, I always feel committed to read a book when I start one and I seldom toss it out. This was a good book to keep reading. Although the connections to Cork and his family aren't there because it takes place in Michigan and not Minnesota, I AM from Michigan and he does tie it together with the Indian connec ...more
Ginny Dodge
Krueger puts out two gems in a row here, in my opinion. The leitmotif of the cougar was AWESOME, and I was certainly happy to see Dina Willner back on the mainstage. I could sense some serious energy between those two. Bringing in additional family members to fill out Cork's family tree was fun, too. I did miss that most of the story was set in Michigan as opposed to Minnesota, but I'm sure we'll be back in Aurora soon. I'm impressed how socially aware William Kent Krueger is in his novels. I th ...more
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After reading Copper River, I may have to re-rate Mercy Falls. Copper River picks up right where Mercy Falls left off. The hitmen storyline takes a major backseat here and when it gets tied up, its almost too quickly. The panther scene was kickass (and sad too). I enjoyed the scene with Ren walking through the dark woods with potentially a hungry, injured panther on the prowl. The descriptions of the Superior are wonderful. Really makes me want to visit this part of the country. Also liked how I ...more
Phil Griffin
This is just the kind of book I need during the legislative session....a good mystery with fun characters and good vs. evil, although in this case it is very evil.
Jim Krotzman
Copper River is a murder mystery that takes place in the U.P. One gets to know the characters well. The opening grabs the reader's attention immediately when a fourteen-year-old girl is being chased by an adult male in the wilderness of northern Michigan. read it in one afternoon and evening. I think most of the mysteries by this author take place in northern Minnesota, which is why I started reading. The main character Corcoran O'Connor is part Objibwa, and I hope I learn more about the Native ...more
After MERCY FALLS, this is a must read. Cork is running from a hit man. Jacoby blames Cork for his son's death. Though Cork got shot in the leg, he was able to make his escape to his cousin's home. Being a vet, she has been able to patch him up. She and her son, live in a resort park that was run by her husband before he was killed by the police. Now, she's not too thrilled by having Cork stay with her.

Cork's friend, ex FBI, Dina Willner, has followed Cork to his hideout, but the threat to Cork
Sixth in the Cork O'Connor series, this one taking place in a town in the UP of Michigan. It's another solid addition to the series and I look forward to reading #7 and #8, which will then bring my husband and me current with all of this series published to date (and then... we wait...). I like the main character, although he takes a little bit more of a back seat here to two other female characters plus two younger characters (~13 years old). This particular book takes a detour, while Cork is o ...more
Kathleen Hagen
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I have only read one or two of these and not in order. This is a page-turner. Cork O-Connor, sheriff of a Minnesota county, has a contract on his head because a mobster thinks O’Connor killed his son, which he didn’t. He contracts to have O’Connor shot up in a rental car, and O’Connor escapes to the upper peninsula to stay with his cousin in UP Michigan. His cousin is an animal veterinarian, and quite different from O’Connor in he
First off, I wish there were more than 5 stars to rate sometimes. I stayed up till past 1am last night, this morning to finish this part 2 of the on-going mystery series of Cork O'Connor. As I wrote at the end of MERCY FALLS, I was so shocked to realize Mr. Krueger did a "2 parter" with MERCY FALLS and COPPER RIVER but Oh Boy did he write yet another amazing story. Cork, sherriff of Aurora, Minnesota and actually on the run...hiding out from a "HIT" that has been placed on his head by an enormou ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Debra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good, suspenseful writing
Recovering from a gunshot wound to his thigh and hiding from a contract killer, Sheriff Cork O’Connor feels pretty useless these days. He can barely walk out of his cousin Jewell’s cabin without collapsing. Not a good situation when cougar tracks are found among the cabins and local teens are either missing, critically injured, or dead over a one-week span in this small town. Cork’s worries turn to fear when Jewell’s son, Ren, and his friend, Charlie (short for Charlene), see a body in the river ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction Fans
I am a fan of William Kent Krueger - a big fan. Sheriff Cork O'Connor is on of my favorite "ongoing" characters. In "Copper River," Cork is running for his life and ends up in Bodine, Michigan, hiding out in an old resort owned by his cousin Jewell DuBois, a bitter widow with a fourteen-year-old son named Ren. He's tracking a group who prey on runaway teens so when the body of a young girl surfaces along the banks of the Copper River and another teenager goes missing, he re-focuses on tracking t ...more
Marcia Ferguson
I probably should be reading William Kent Krueger's books in order, but I haven't. Although I've read 6 or 7 so far, Copper River has been my favorite. I'd probably give it 4.99 stars, because the ending seemed a bit rushed, but that seems to be my opinion about most mysteries and thrillers I've read lately. Is it me? That tying up of loose ends seems to be a bit contrived and (spoiler) I think the wrap-up of the 'hit' didn't quite work. Seemed odd, placed at the end. I think it could have fizzl ...more
COPPER RIVER (Police Procedural-Michigan-Cont) – G+
Krueger, William Kent – 7th in series
Atria Books, 2006- Hardcover
***Sheriff Cork O’Conner is wounded and hiding out with his cousin, Jewell, after an attempt on his life by a professional hit man. Jewell’s fourteen year-old son, Ren, has a best friend, Charlie a tomboy whose father is an alcoholic causing her to occasionally stay at a runaway shelter when her father is at his worst. Ren, Charlie and another friend think they see a body in the ri
Again, another great Krueger mystery... 4.5.. actually, this one was surprising as the last book left us hanging, and this would picked up the same story but also spun off into another direction. I had some mad respect for that because from a mystery writing perspective, that seems to be tough to do. Loved having another book with Dina Willner (maybe she'll make another appearance in a future book???) and actually enjoyed having a 'break' from the Minnesota scene, though the U.P (eh!) was pretty ...more
This book starts off where the last one ends. Cork is no longer in Minnesota but in Michigan having escaped from a kidder attempt only to find himself in the midst of another mystery. His injuries prevent him from getting around like he normally and he muses his family. He cannot contact them for fear they will he harmed. Better to he missing than to put his family in danger. Corks works with his cousin and family to solve a missing girl.her dead father and a slew of runnaway girls.
I love all of William Kent Krueger books, but have to say so far this is one of my favorites. I love how in this book he has so many things going on that keep you charged and in turn makes you want to plow on reading to see what happens. This books is a continuation of the previous book where the main character Cork finds himself in a barrel of trouble and then add in a few more characters and another side plot, that is what makes this book so interesting and suspenseful. His characters have dep ...more
Kathleen Freeman
I have to admit when I realized that this book was not going to take place in Aurora I was a little worried however very quickly Bodine, Jewell, Ren, Charlie and even Dina pulled at my heartstrings. I know I am repeating but WKK is such a great storyteller, I totally loved this book. I truly can't get enough of this author and look forward to reading what is next for Cork (how I love) and his family.
Who starts with the sixth in a series. Finished much of my Craig Johnson Longmire books and looking for the next new. Now I found it. Loved this recorded book. Now I have to go back and start from the beginning. Hope the quality holds. A great, wonderful listen. Took long drives it was that good. Finally put last two cd's on my iPhone to save on gas.. Great story telling.
Enjoyed this one quite a bit too - but was very glad I'd read Mercy Falls first, because even with the rather obvious insertion of a couple of pages of summary near the beginning, the last chapter would have seemed exceedingly weird and baffling had I not.

That said, I did enjoy, once again, the characters, the natural description, and the speedy pacing of this novel. Just to jog memory without actually writing down spoilers, this novel is mostly about young people, one of whom (Ren) is Native, a
I listened to this book out of order in the series and it contains spoilers for the book before it. I think that this book had a bit too much going on, including the fallout from the events in Mercy Falls, tracking of a cougar, and the solutions to both a 20 year old murder and a current one. However, Cork O'Connor still manages to keep my interest and the pacing of these novels is great
Lynn Hallbrooks
After reading Mercy Falls, I felt compelled to get Copper River to see the continuation of the story. I was not disappointed.

Cork O'Connor is not known for giving up without a fight that is unless fighting means losing what he loves most. In Copper River, we discover that Cork is temporarily holed up with relatives. In the end this turns out to be beneficial for all concerned.

This book is a slightly different take on our hero. He is not at his absolute best. In my opinion, Cork's vulnerability
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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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