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Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor #5)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  3,515 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
A stunning new suspense novel in William Kent Krueger's prize-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic detective steeped in his most dangerous case to date.
Back on the beat as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor has already seen his beautiful Northwoods jurisdiction through an eventful summer. Now, as the chill of autumn sweeps through the countryside
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 16th 2005 by Atria Books
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Jan 17, 2017 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts with a shocker, then goes back in time to reveal how Cork and Jo got to that moment. Cork is officially working as sheriff of Aurora and someone is trying to kill him. As always, the people and land of northern Minnesota are main characters.

William Kent Krueger's writing never disappoints. I just jump on board and enjoy the ride. There are several loose ends to be resolved in the next book so I'll read it very soon.
The Tamarack County Sheriff’s Office is having a very bad day, actually a very bad 36 hours. The clock starts ticking when a sniper tries to kill our main protagonist, Sheriff Cork O’Connor, when he and a deputy respond to a domestic disturbance call on the Ojibwe reservation. The deputy, a close physical match to Cork in the dark shadows of sunset, is driving, is first to step out of the vehicle and is first to be cut down. Several shots later, Cork is wounded, though not critically, has pulled ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting near the end proved to be a clever way to begin the fifth book in the Cork O’Connor series (and my first introduction to the Minnesota sheriff). Surrounded by beautiful prose, the reader becomes engrossed in the story, and the pace doesn’t disappoint either. There’re more than enough sub-plots to keep the reader entertained and guessing about what might happen next.

Cork isn’t perfect; he has just enough flaws to keep him human, instead of being larger than life. Like Cork, the other cha
Apr 03, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
WOW! WOW! WOW! and after saying that....OMG!
I was so wrapped up in reading "Mercy Falls" that I didn't notice that I was almost to the last few pages and the answers were still not there! WHAT WAS GOING ON? and suddenly as I turned the last page, I realized ON NO! a TWO PART-ER! Mr Krueger, you are so devious! I was STUNNED and SHOCKED and at the same time, SO GLAD that I had planned ahead and bought "COPPER RIVER" at the same time as when I purchased "MERCY FALLS" and thank goodness I had or I
Mark Stevens
Sep 12, 2011 Mark Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first William Kent Krueger, so keep that in mind. I like strong regional mystery fiction (Stephen Hamilton, Margaret Coel, C.J. Box) and Krueger certainly hangs with the best. “Mercy Falls” lays out a compelling plot and one of the strengths here for me was the way Krueger fully realizes both of Sheriff Cork O’Connor’s two families. First, his wife & children. Second, his cop shop team. Krueger reveals warmth in both of these circles, which contrasts well with the danger and one g ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krueger's writing is superb as is his character development. After reading several of his books with Cork O'Connor, I feel as though he is an old friend. I rated this book five stars because it has the mixture of high suspense along with the connection of O'Connor's Native American heritage and description of the beautiful countryside. But what a surprise--just when you think things are being wrapped up, there is a twist and the book ends. I think I'll have to get the next book soon to see how m ...more
Another good addition to the series. This one didn't wrap anything up though for the first time. The story continues in the next book Copper River. This series continues to be entertaining. I love Corc and his whole family. The setting is lovely and the descriptions are making me wish to visit the area in Minnesota. I do think that the characters missed a clue that was super obvious but that was only a minor misstep.
Dec 17, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very glad I have the Cork O'Connor #6 on hand...

There's something very appealing about Krueger's writing and plotting and characters and dialogue. Just everything, really. When he fills you in on essential details from previous books or Things You Need to Know (something every series author must deal with), he does so quickly and in brief--but he never, ever leaves the storyline long. The story feels real, and urgent, all the time.

And the writing. Oh, the writing. Plainspoken, with a depth of fe
Lisa B.
Dec 13, 2016 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Holy smokes!
Dec 27, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so loving the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger! They just keep getting better and better. The best thing I can say about this book is, "Man, I wish I had the next one on hand!!"
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
Lukasz Pruski
In 2006 William Kent Krueger won the Anthony Award for “Mercy Falls”, which I find quite surprising. I would think that a novel winning a prestigious mystery book award should have at least one of the following: believable, clever, and enthralling plot, virtuoso writing, vivid characterizations of people, astute psychological or sociological observations, uncannily accurate sense of places and times, or some other distinctive feature that sets it apart from thousands of other mystery novels. Obv ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
Okay, I confess I don’t know why I’m still listening to these. Being from Northern MN and knowing the town of Aurora, I have brain skids trying to place his fictional ‘Aurora’ to a live landscape. I had to do some mental town swapping to make the location work in my head – and on the map. That irritates me.

Jo O’Connor, for having married a Chicago cop who now lives in an isolated Northern MN town, is a worry wart and seems to have forgotten what it is like to be a cops wife and she vacillates b
Nov 07, 2014 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime thriller fans
An excellent hard to put down story by one of my favorite authors.

The plot is not overly complicated but Krueger putting a scene that happened at the end of the story in the beginning certainly whets the appetite. Sheriff Cork O'Connor, the protagonist of the entire series has his deputy, Marsha Dross, shot while answering a domestic disturbance call on the Ojibwe reservation. It soon becomes evident that the shot was meant for O'Connor. Soon thereafter an obnoxious Chicago businessman, Eddie J
Oct 06, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheriff Cork O'Connor received a telephone call from a woman who tells the sheriff she and her husband are having a fight and she wants them to come out and take care of it. The woman and her husband always have these fights and the police always break them up so the sheriff and his woman deputy rush out to the house located in the woods to intercede. The lady deputy Marsha is driving and when they arrive at the cabin all is quiet, then a burst of gunfire and the deputy is hit in the chest and t ...more
Linda Branich
This is the fifth book in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, but the sixth that I've read. Unfortunately I was not able to read them in order. My introduction to Krueger came with Windigo Island, which is still my favorite, but Mercy Falls is a very close second.

Krueger continues to entice the reader to join Cork and the other characters in the beautiful Minnesota woods and Ojibwe reservation. Cork is part Irish and part Ojibwe. In this book, Cork is serving once again as Tamarack County's Sheriff.
Fifth title in the Cork O'Connor series (northern Minnesota). Enjoyable addition to the series thus far, although a shark was jumped in this one... Krueger is running into the usual series problem of just too many bizarre, twisted murders (and one in particular is very twisted in this book) for a small town, even given that the main character is in law enforcement or on the edges thereof. However, Krueger writes well and the characters are very appealing. He's also good at keeping the reader gue ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Aisling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was compelling--but I did not feel satisfied with the ending. Was thinking I would begin this series at the beginning while I was reading this book, but now I probably won't. The suspense and the convoluted plotting led me to expect that there would be a resolution at the end--but there wasn't. What seems to be happening here, and I would wager in all the other books of the series as well, is a lure to get readers to spend money and time on the next book in the series, because this one ...more
Jill Manske
Oct 07, 2016 Jill Manske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mercy Falls" was the precursor to "Copper River", and of course, I didn't read them in order. Nonetheless, it was a terrific story. Cork O'Connor is once again battling villains as the Sheriff of Tamarack County, only this time, the villains are out to murder him. Krueger brings back Rose, his sister-in-law, and her former priest husband, Mal, who offer sanctuary to Cork's family while he figures out who's trying to kill him. "Mercy Falls" is fast-paced and, as with all of Krueger's books, skil ...more
Harry Lane
Cork O'Conner is a well developed character, and Krueger creates a solid cast of supporting actors. The setting for these novels is an added attraction and is described in sufficient detail that one has a feeling for the area. This book involves what appears to be two separate cases - an attempted hit on O'Conner and a rather grisly murder at the titled Mercy Falls. The action leading to the uncovering of the parties responsible is nicely paced. However, the book ends with a loose thread that I ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in two days .. OMG, the author is being so mean to his characters. Life is getting a bit tough for Cork and his family ... the only thing keeping me sane is (a) I keep reminding myself THESE ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE and (b) there are lots more books in the series so obviously they work everything out. But it's just NERVE RACKING!
Apr 28, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series-book
A good series and this one ended in a bit of a cliffhangar - can't wait to read the next one...
his characters keep developing and the setting of the boundary waters on the US and Canadian border is well constructed. I guess I am attracted to wilderness mysteries like the Dana Stabenow Alaska setting and the Nevada Barr books set in National Parks... feel a bit educated after reading each one..
Susan Stonesifer
Oct 17, 2015 Susan Stonesifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep thinking this series will grow old. Instead, I just finished this one, #5, and immediately wondered if the next one was on the shelf.
Andy Plonka
Jan 27, 2016 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src
Lots of interplay between Cork and his wife in this one. Seems they both can be tempted and haunted by their past.
Teri Pre
Sep 03, 2015 Teri Pre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Looks like I'll have to buy the next one too!!
Feb 12, 2017 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
This is one of my favorite Cork O'Connor mysteries, for a few reasons. One, I enjoy the character Dina Wilmer. Since I read them out of order at first, I had already enjoyed her small-but-mighty grit in another book. There's a lot of dramatic action in this one. A thriller for sure.
Mar 24, 2017 Agnes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this one tells how Cork got involved with the mobster. Not reading them inn order sometimes is confusing, but the questions get answered. Lots of action in this one.
Mar 11, 2017 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed, now I have to read the next one!
Mar 01, 2017 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this series. Then I was blindsided by the irresponsible and unforgivable non-ending to this particular installment. When an author writes a book and a reader buys and reads it, I believe they have entered into an unwritten contract of sorts. The writer agrees to provide a beginning, a middle, and an end. Mr. Krueger, you have broken our contract. Why would you play the same slimey tricks employed by unethical authors who leave their readers hanging in order to insure purchase ...more
May 03, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review refers to the audio version.

#5 Cork O'Connor mystery set in northern Minnesota (and partially in Chicago in this book.) Cork, sheriff of Tamarack County, has two investigations to divide his time between. First, a sniper shoots one of his deputies--and the bullet was most likely meant for him. Although Marcia Dodds will recover, Cork feels a certain amount of guilt and wants to find out the reason for the attempted hit and who's responsible. But he also has to investigate the brutal
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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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