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Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor #5)

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Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular co ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2005)
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Robert
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
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Mark Stevens
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
Joe
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
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Jacqueline
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.
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.
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Brenda
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!!"
Ed
Nov 07, 2014 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Harry
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
Margaret
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
Becky
MERCY FALLS by William Kent Krueger
MERCY FALLS is the 5th in the Cork O’Connor series of mystery/thrillers written by William Kent Krueger. The author’s descriptions of the North Woods area of Minnesota are excellent and add greatly to the story giving it a sense of place usually lacking in this genre. Krueger is also careful to detail his characters as real, living, breathing persons instead of the stereotypes and stock characters so often found in mysteries. The tempo and pacing of the novel g
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Brent Soderstrum
This is the 5th installment of Krueger's enjoyable Cork O'Conner series set out in northern Minnesota. Krueger begins the book with the end of the book. He gives you a glimpse of how the book ends which had me thinking of it throughout the story. Can't say I had the best thoughts about Cork's wife Jo as I was reading. Keep in mind however that Krueger always has twists and turns in his story which I enjoy.

Many are also up in arms about Mercy Falls not having an ending. The book ends with much of
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Rae
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!
Alicia

This has been rewritten to reflect that this storyline does in fact pick up with the next novel in the series.

As the reader, we're aware from the synopsis that both Cork and Jo's relationships are tested in this one with a coquettish (love this word and plan on trying to use it in a sentence whenever possible) woman for Cork and a former lover for Jo. The opening scene has so many negative implications for Jo!
Cork targeted by a sniper attack. Why? Who did he arrest or put away?
Business man bru
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Katherine
This is a very good book, as I've come to expect from William Kent Krueger. It is a compelling read with lots of action, plot twists, and continuing development in characters with whom I'm already invested. As usual, the setting in northern Minnesota is a powerful presence, as is the relationship between town and reservation. I must emphasize that this is not just a good mystery, but a good book. It is very well written. Mercy Falls is the 5th book in the Corc O'Connor series, but this book can ...more
Aisling
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
Peggy
I listened to this book on CD's on a long car trip recently. I really enjoyed it for the most part. I have read or listened to the other books in order in this series, I like the complicated, yet easy to follow plots. I think Krueger is a clever writer ; he paints clear pictures with rich descriptions. Starting the book with a glimpse of the ending was intriguing. The reason I can't give it 5 stars is the cliffhanger end left me a little disgruntled. I will read the next installment because I am ...more
Eileen Goudge
I'm hooked on the series. What can I say? After each book, I tell myself it's time for a break. I should read a book by another author. But something keeps pulling me back. The author's crisp style that evokes the wilds of Wisconsin. His beautifully drawn characters. The fact that his protagonist, Cork O'Connor, is so darn likable. I enjoyed this one, and the one after, COPPER RIVER, as much as the first book in the series. Each time, I wonder how he can pull it off again and somehow he does. Do ...more
Ginny Dodge
This one was a fast paced, fun read! I was happy to get Rose's guest appearance, super pumped to read a bit into Jo's past, and as always I was rooting for Cork the whole way. Dina Willner's cameos were well placed, though they certainly made me uncomfortable in the choppy wake of the O'Connor's relationship. Chicago was a fun landscape to try out. Where will Cork go from here? He's always in danger, but I liked that this way the first of William Kent Krueger's O'Connor series that bled into the ...more
Lexie Graham
I wandered away from this award winning series a few years back but I won't again and I'm looking forward to catching up with Sheriff Cork O'Connor and his family in the small Minnesota town of Aurora. His department provides policing to the Ojibwe reservation as well as Tamarack County. The story follows several threads - a sniper attack on the reservation that hospitalizes one of his deputies, a murder and events in his family's past. Krueger neatly weaves these threads together for a satisfyi ...more
Jane
Cork has resumed the role of Sheriff. His wife is the lawyer representing the Natives dealing with a man, Eddie working for a firm hoping to take over management of the Casino.
One day the police get a domestic violence call to the Reservation land. When Cork and his deputy, Marsha arrive the are shot at by a sniper. It becomes evident the sniper was gunning for Cork.
The very next day Eddie is found murdered by his car parked at Mercy Falls.
It all leads to Eddie's family in Chicago and Cork's
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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
Ronna
Cork O'Conner has returned as the sheriff of Tamarack County, Minn, but someone has taken a pot shot at him, apparently wanting him dead. Meanwhile, someone has also killed the representative of a group trying to set up a working arrangement with the Ojibwa Indians, but the killing suggests something more sexually motivated. The murdered man also turned out to be the brother of Cork's wife old college lover, Ben Jacoby. Jacoby's father is filthy rich, and wants revenge for the deaths of his only ...more
Kristin
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
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Sue
#6 in the Cork O'Connor series and one of the best. I've been reading them in sequential order so I get the relationship and event happenings in the right order but Krueger does a great job within each novel of filling you in on the important things you need to know or remember. If you are new to his books, I'd suggest reading Iron Lake first then do as you like. I like this series because I find myself interested and attached the characters. How could you not love wise old Henry Meloux? The mai ...more
Andrea
Sheriff Cork O'Connor answers a domestic disturbance call with his deputy Marsha Dross. When they arrive they find the occupants of the house gone and their dogs dead. Someone takes a shot at them and wounds Deputy Dross. An investigation into the incident reveals that the shot was meant for Sheriff O'Connor. At the same time an unpopular Chicago businessman, Eddie Jacoby, in town negotiating a contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino is murdered and Cork must deal with t ...more
LJ
MERCY FALLS (Police Procedural-Minnesota-Cont) – VG
Krueger, William Kent – 6th book
Atria Books, 2005- Hardcover
Sheriff Cork O'Connor and his deputy respond to a domestic violence call on the Ojibwe reservation come under sniper fire and his deputy is critically wounded. The call was a trap, and Cork was the intended target. He is then called to a murder scene. The mutilated victim is a member of a wealthy and powerful Chicago family and brother to a man Cork's wife Jo once loved. When a bomb is
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Spuddie
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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Jeanne
This is a first time author for me and of course, I picked up book 5 in his Corcoron O'Connor mystery series. It was really good and the only thing you miss when you drop into series like these is the back story and development of the character. I will definitely read more, especially since this one ended with a cliff-hanger. Also I seem to be hooked on small town law enforcement that have a reservation in their jurisdiction ( C.J. Box, Craig Johnson). This one is far northern Minnesota.
Martip
Reading it, I did not know this was a fifth book in a series, so that in itself is great. Plenty of twists, turns, and interesting people. I met WKK at a workshop. Might have had a lot going on. A bit cool. Writes with skill. Pulled me as a reader into the story, as opposed to me clinically analyzing his writing "craft." Being pulled into a story! Who doesn't love that, right?
Katarzyna Polek-craven
Yet another great Cork O'Connor story, this time with an open ending. Can't wait to start Copper River and find out what happens. I was a bit confuses at first because the author did not explain the absence of Rose, who has been such an anchor of O'Connor household. I felt as if I missed a book, until it was explained that she got married and moved.
Overall, another great adventure!
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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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