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Purgatory Ridge (Cork O'Connor #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  4,398 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
Winner of the prestigious Loft-McKnight Fiction Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, William Kent Krueger has established himself as a startlingly original voice in thriller fiction. With Purgatory Ridge he cements his standing as a suspense writer of the highest caliber.

Not far from the small town of Aurora (population 3,752) lies an ancient two-hundred-acre
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2001)
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Jun 18, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 of 5 stars

This is another outstanding read by the author who is fast becoming my all-time favorite. William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series is nothing short of superb. True, part of the appeal to this Minnesotan reader may be the fact that the setting is northern Minnesota, but this is definitely not the only reason. Mr. Krueger is a master of atmospheric prose. I always feel pulled into the scene, appreciating it with all my senses. His characters are extremely well-developed, and the liv
Sep 14, 2013 Nicole~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Literature, if it didn't enlighten, at least entertained. But history? History was simply a study in futility. Because people never learned.

Sole Survivor - Nov, 1986 - The Teasdale, an old ore freighter on its last mission, sank in the Great Lakes during one of the worst gales in history. John LePere was the only survivor. Among the perished was John's beloved younger brother, Billy. John would never recover from Billy's death, at whose hands he would blame The Fitzgerald Shipping Company.

Una Tiers
Feb 12, 2015 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has stronger character development than the earlier one I read. The plot has strength in collecting different story lines and weaving them together with the family issues too.
Dick Reynolds
Sep 11, 2016 Dick Reynolds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John LePere and Wesley Bridger are far out on Lake Superior. They are deep-water diving, searching a sunken wreck for artifacts, but encounter suspicious circumstances of snagged lines, a severed air hose, and another boat taking an unusual interest in their activity.
Meanwhile, back in the Minnesota town of Aurora, an explosion at Karl Lindstrom’s nearby lumber mill kills the nightwatchman. What could these separate activities have to do with the larger story? In a word: plenty.
Author William
Dec 21, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It started out kind of slow, and then the pace picked up, like revealing the lives of the main characters and then throwing them off Purgatory Ridge.

I did learn a couple new words. I had to look up "popple" and "talus". I like that popple is a Midwestern term for what I've always known as poplar.

I think maybe the underlying theme in this book is redemption. For me and one of the characters, there's also forgiveness, but I will still remember. Let's see what happens in
Dec 13, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good thriller in this series. I thought it started slow (careful to show both sides of the logging issues in northern Minnesota), but I could hardly put it down by the halfway point.
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
Linda Branich
OH.....MY.....GOODNESS! Often when a writer gets a few books under his belt, he begins to run out of ideas, a predictable pattern develops in his books, and the continuing storyline fizzles out. NOT SO with William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series.

Each successive book adds more layers to the characters of Cork, his family, and others in the community who are repetitive supporting characters. Each book takes the reader on an adventure to a different part of the Northern Minnesot wilderness, or
Sep 21, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this third book of the series about Cork O'Conner, Krueger takes a true story of a survivor of a freighter's wreak on Lake Superior. In the book, this survivor lost his brother in the wreak, and vows revenge on the owner of the company. I've seen Lake Superior, but only on sunny summer days, and in the book we come to realize that not only is it a huge body of water, but with such cold temperatures that one cannot live long in it without some diving protection. I really like how O'Connor turn ...more
Nancy (NE)
Aug 10, 2016 Nancy (NE) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
At the recommendation of a relative, I've started reading William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mystery series. These are all somewhere between a 3 and 4 for me. For this type of writing, he admittedly does a good job. He is a Minnesotan whose stories take place in Aurora, not too far from the North Shore and Lake Superior. He truly shapes the locale and people. Its beautiful country and Krueger not only describes it well, but weaves Native American spirituality into his characters and plots. Con ...more
Sep 29, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of the series. His writing continues to get better, and less junk and side issues. You could skip the first two and start here even.

I "figured it out" not long before the book began to resolve. Everything coalesced--meaning all the information was there, no surprise information in the last chapter as some books do. I prefer this.

After "the ending" the ending seemed to drag out a bit, then peak, and then resolve much more emotionally than "the ending" was at.

Although you knew wh
Rick Fisher
Mar 19, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Shelves: mystery
Another great mystery in this series by W K Krueger. They just keep getting better with each one I read. What makes these novels work, is the family. Love the family in this series.
Dec 22, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give this one a 4, but since I was actually crying as I read the final pages, it has to be a 5. William Kent Krueger can really tell a story! This one partially concerned a kidnapping of some favorite characters, but it is the venue in Minnesota, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe tribal lore, and the details of small town life that make it un-put-downable. That said, the suspense is prolonged until the very end, and the end surprise to the reader is authenic - I don't know how the author did ...more
Dana Stabenow
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Purgatory Ridge is the third book in the Cork O'Connor series. Following events in the last book, Cork is no longer sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. He's inherited a friend's burger joint and seems fairly content. He's married Jo, an attorney who works for the Ojibwe tribe and is part Anishinaabe himself. Their marriage has been in turmoil but they are working hard to stay together.

Meanwhile a logging company has gained the rights to harvest a stand of white pine trees known as the Old Grandfather
Krueger, William Kent - 3rd in series

Not far from Cork O'Connor's small hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, lies an ancient 200 acre expanse of great white pines, sacred to the Anishinaabe tribe and known to them as Minishoomisag (Our Grandfathers). And just a stone's throw from these prized trees, too close for comfort for many members of the Anishinaabe, lies the lumber mill of Karl Lindstrom, a wealthy industrialist hardly known for his sensitive environmentalism. So when an ex
Jun 30, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction and thriller fans
I enjoy Krueger's Cork O'Connor series because of the venue, Northern Minnesota and the characters. The plots aren't bad either, although this one dragged a bit.

As the ex-sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, O'Connor gets involved in an investigation of a suspicious explosion at a lumber mill set up next to a large stand of white pines, sacred to the Anishinaabe tribe: partly because he is half-Anishinaabe and the tribe members are immediate suspects and partly because the current sheriff needs the hel
Feb 28, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Still going strong on these books! #3 and as good as the first 2 in series. Kidnapping is the main theme/mystery in this story but again, the writing is pure enjoyment to read. The characters have you hating them, then understanding them more leaving you falling in love with (some of) them. The description of the land and water and Purgatory Ridge itself, had you craving for a visit to this landscape.
One part of this installment that reinforces the enjoyment of following a central character, i.
Eileen Goudge
Sep 08, 2014 Eileen Goudge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the Iron Lake mystery series! Cork O'Connor's life is turned upside down when his wife, Jo, and young son are kidnapped. I dare not give away more of the plot, for fear of being a spoiler. I just love the writing style of this author. To open a page of his novels is to be immersed into the world of Iron Lake, Minnesota. Having recently spent time in that part of the country, I can testify as to his authentic depiction. His characters come alive and the action never stop ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
4 stars. I liked Krueger's writing in his novel, ORDINARY GRACE, so much I thought I'd try one of his earlier books in the mystery genre. PURGATORY RIDGE is a suspenseful thriller. Krueger writes well, has interesting characters, and tells a good tale. I enjoyed the book. ORDINARY GRACE is still my favorite, however.
More time well spent with Corc O'Connor. This third novel in the series was very interesting. There wasn't as much of Corc in this one as the two previous books. The story was interesting and everything held together well mystery wise. The secondary characters continue to be interesting. I really enjoyed John Lapere's story. On to the next one.
Jan 09, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ The plot of this book is an intriguing stew of conflicts. The writing beautifully captures the setting of the story in Northern Minnesota. The plot shifts into overdrive about midway through and never lets up, but the story has more depth to it than just the crime and suspense elements. This is the third book in this series, I thought it was the best one so far.
Apr 13, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What a wild ride this book was! I couldn't put it down once I got into the last fourth of it and stayed up late into the night as I worried more and more about Cork and his family and kept being jerked around one blind corner after another.
Aug 08, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Krueger's books are a wonderful blend of setting, plot and characters. His characters all have both strengths and weaknesses which lets the reader decide who to like or not. This one delivered a plot that twisted just enough to keep one guessing.
Dixie Schulz
Sep 24, 2016 Dixie Schulz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in this series and each one gets better and better. The characters get more familiar and I am loving them all. It isn't horror but what a great, great ready. If you have never read the mysteries of William Kent Krueger, do yourself a favor and do so. You won't regret it
Apr 10, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revenge, years in the making comes to the Boundary Waters and Cork and his family get caught up in the middle of it. Good book in a great series.
Susan Stonesifer
Sep 27, 2015 Susan Stonesifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good thing I wasn't going to have dinner tonight anyway... Such a thrilling read!
Dec 03, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid mystery from Krueger, who is becoming one of my favorite writers in the genre. I love the North Woods setting, and a strong cast of reoccurring characters makes for a compelling series. There is a lot going here, though, and perhaps the overall plot suffers just a little bit. There are two plot lines that converge. Karl Lindstrom, a lumber magnate, is targeted by opponents of the logging industry and its destruction of old growth forests. Eco-terrorists are suspected, as well as local Na ...more
Tom Gorski
Jan 04, 2017 Tom Gorski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A consistently good series to read and, as with the first two books, the resolution of the murders is interestingly complicated and the reader is challenged to really like some of the "good guys" and really dislike some of the "bad guys". I will continue to read the series and the author continues to allow his ongoing characters to change and grow.
Dec 24, 2016 Rana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fucking brilliant. I literally out-loud said "oh, snap" when things were revealed towards the end.
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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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