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Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,911 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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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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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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...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
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
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...more
#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
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
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...more
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...more
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!
This is the fifth in the series. I like the way the book starts, it starts near its end and then eventually reaches that point again. I found that interesting.

Overall, it is a good story, not his best, but they've all been good so far, including this one.

The problem I have with the book is it doesn't end. Although a series builds on its own history, I like a book to end/stand on its own. This one does not.

Even though it would appear we know everything to close off the bulk of the story lines, th...more
Adam Haan
Kent Krueger writes his novels while sitting in a St. Paul restaurant during the early morning hours. It obviously works well for him. His Cork O’Conner series takes the reader into Northern Minnesota and the world of a sheriff who is very smart and gifted at solving crimes. ‘Mercy Falls’ may be one of the best in this series. Part of the action is in small town Minnesota, and the other part is in Chicago. O’Conner investigates a murder and an attempt on his own life, and gets his family tangled...more
This is the fifth in the Cork O'Connor series; somehow I missed it while reading the series. It didn't hurt my enjoyment that I read it out of order. I enjoy the characters, the style of writing and the development of the story. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series.
Krueger is such a good mystery writer. One example of one of his delicious descriptions: "...a big propane tank lay like a fat hyphen between the cabin and the shed...". You never know what is going to happen in a Krueger mystery. This is the first one of his I've read that doesn't end at the ending, however. He leaves you hanging in the middle of the story at the end of the book, which I don't like at all. Seems unethical to me, for the book to not contain the entire story. Seems to me that is...more
OK, I'm shallow - I bought this novel (and the two following it in the series) based on the striking covers. Once I got past a mild disappointment that the three books were not in fact, as I had misapprehended, set in Canada, I settled in and enjoyed this book quite a bit. Found it a little choppy in style for my tastes at the beginning, but I soon got past that, and by the end I was turning pages like nobody's business. Will not spoil the plot for anyone else, other than to say that I'm glad I...more
So good! I need to bump up the next in the series on my wishlist on Simply Audio. I need to know what's going to happen to Cork and his family.
A murder victim is found in Cork's jurisdiction not long after someone takes a shot at Cork and his deputy when they answer a domestic violence call on the reservation. His deputy is shot and put in the hospital and it is soon clear that Cork was the target.
Then a bomb is found in Cork's vehicle, the vehicle that Cork's daughter was about to drive. This...more
Warning: Do NOT read this book unless you have the next in the series on hand. The ending is a cliffhanger! Argh!
This book starts with a bang and just keeps going with page-turning suspense. I don't know what else to say without spoiling things so I won't.
4 stars for the first half, 2.5 stars for the second half. This is the first book by this author that I've read, so I don;t know how typical it is of the series. Things set up nicely (for me) in the first half with reasonable plot developments and who done it puzzles. After that the pace slowed, and the story begin to defy by ability to suspend belief. Particular the actions of one of the characters. The beginning of ending itself was fortold in the first chapter (entitle How It Ends) so a lot o...more
The plot held my attention and is worth four stars but the author's purple prose warranted a reduction of at least one star. I like the protagonist and the narrator was well above average. But Krueger's writing style is so loaded with metaphors that it's really distracting. It reminds me of those little quotes that appear in The New Yorker which are captioned "Block that Metaphor". I want to shout that at this author every few minutes. Less really would be more here, Mr. Krueger. Talk about gild...more
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!
For those of you that have read the previous books in the series, this again was a nice page turner as Cork O'Conner was back in the saddle as a sheriff. Nice twists and good story, but without giving it away Krueger proves he won't leave you stale with the same ole stories and even after so many books in, he still develops his characters well and even his main character Cork O'Conner evolves well. Wasn't ready for some of the things that happened or came crashing down in the book. Still hats of...more
Starting to get tired of the same story of threatening their marriage. Also some of it is starting to become more unrealistic. More and more similarities noticing with this author
Enjoyed the story. Not sure how I feel about having the ending at the beginning because I tended to keep thinking of it as I read the book. Really enjoyed the characters and the location in Minnesota.
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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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