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Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor #11)

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With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jen

Hardcover, 357 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atria Books (first published June 7th 2011)
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I've liked all of the Cork O'Connor mysteries, and I liked this one - but I wasn't thrilled by the increased religiosity of the book (it's always been present, but it went a bit beyond my low tolerance level in this one, despite the fact that it was balanced out by the scathing depiction of religious fanatics). I probably would have handled that better if it hadn't been accompanied by the transformation of daughter Jenny from a reasonably sensible girl into a maternal-hormone-addled critter, and ...more
May 18, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! A natural disaster brings a new character to the O'Conners, with perhaps an inkling of a second one. Good and evil meet, and life goes on. There is still a feeling in me of something more disastrous, though, in the future.
Sep 20, 2011 Charty rated it it was ok
I've mostly enjoyed the previous Cork O'Conner mysteries, some more than others, but this was a new low point for the series. The first half, with the devastating storm was solid and suspenseful, but the second half fell apart with forced plotting, cardboard villeins and extraneous characters. One thing that really bothered me was the overt religiosity of the book. Krueger has always include some thoughts on faith and the intersections of good and evil, but this book felt particularly unsubtle a ...more
Carl Brookins
Aug 29, 2011 Carl Brookins rated it liked it
Befitting its location, this novel is a dark, brooding, exploration of family values and relationships. It also carries a healthy dose of religiosity, on both the dark and the lighter side. These are themes Krueger injects in greater and greater amounts as the Cork O’Connor series proceedes. Whether his fans will follow him here, remains to be seen. As always, the language is beautiful, the setting is fascinating and the carefully crafted characters true to form and to the story.
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William Kent Krueger has delivered another fine novel with "Northwest Angle."
The story has picturesque settings, a suspenseful plot and a strong message.

Cork O'Connor takes his family on vacation on a houseboat.

When a destructive storm develops, Cork and his daughter, Jenny, are separated from the others and wind up on one of the many islands on the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota on the U.S. Canada border.

Jenny hears the whimper of a baby and discovers the body of a young woman who had been murd
Nov 14, 2011 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Cork O'Connor and his daughter are on a dinghy on the remote Lake of the Woods when a violent storm hits. They make it to a deserted island where they discover a murdered teenager and her still alive infant son. Somebody wants this baby and will kill to get it. I don't know if its because I like any story about Native Americans, or because I just love the main character, Cork O'Connor, or that I just love the way Krueger writes, his books are always so smooth and flowing, even when dealing with ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 14, 2014 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it
This is the 11th book of Krueger's Cork O'Conner series.

Welcome to the family Aaron. More changes take place in Cork's family when he takes them on a houseboat vacation on the massive Lake of the Woods, which is the northern most part of the United States. While on the lake a huge destructive storm hits. Cork and Jenny are separated from the rest which includes Anne, Stephen, Rose, Mal and Jenny's boyfriend.

Jenny finds a murdered young woman on one of the many islands on the lake. She also finds
Mar 21, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller and Krueger Fans
I absolutely love Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. Not only because of the suspense and action but also because he pays attention to Cork's family and his Native American ethnicity. I also like the seting of Minnesota's north woods which are similar to the ones I knew in northern Wisconsin.

This, the eleventh offering, is as exciting as any of the others. Cork, still grieving for his wife, Jo, murdered in "Heaven's Keep", takes his family on a houseboat trip on The Lake of the Woods on the U.S. -
Oct 05, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have loved his Cork O'Connor series but was very disappointed with this one. I am not inspired by all the inspiration in this book. The characters were flat and not the warm-blooded characters I am used to reading in his books. The action was pretty much beyond belief. Not up to his usual greatness
Linda Branich
Mar 20, 2015 Linda Branich rated it really liked it
This eleventh book in the Cork O'Connor series focuses mainly on Cork's daughter, Jenny.

A horrific storm overtakes Cork's family while vacationing on a houseboat near the Canadian-American border of northern Minnesota. When the violent storm hits, the family is scattered into three groups, and then Jenny and Cork are split apart. Jenny crawls on to an island for shelter and discovered a murdered young girl and a carefully hidden baby.

Smuggling, a pseudo-religious paramilitary group, people hunti
Aug 18, 2011 Idris rated it liked it
am a huge fan of crime stories, full of mystery, police officers and detectives that have to find the murderer, and that they use different methods for getting out the truth. So when I saw this book it caught my attention immediately.
This is the first novel I read by William Kent Krueger, so I didn't know anything about his writing style, and logically this is the first novel in the Cork O'Connor series I read, so at the first time I didn't know the characters (This is the twelfth book in the s
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
Aug 12, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
My first book by this grabbed my interest from the first page...he is an excellent writer...
"Northwest Angle" by William Kent Krueger is that rare combination of interesting characters, a good story and a good setting - all woven together into a "must-read" novel. I read this book in 24 hours...yes, it is just that good. When you read a lot of mystery/thriller/suspense books - you become a bit jaded. These are well-drawn, human characters - people you believe in, people you'd like to
Rick Fisher
Jan 22, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
So, there are eleven novels in the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger and I have now read number 9 and 11. Totally out of sequence. They both have been great stand alone novels, but have been so enjoyable, I am now trying to find first edition copies of each.
A few of the things I enjoy most about this series is the juxtaposition of Ojibwe faith and my own Christian faith. To have both so prevelant in a series is righteous. Love it.
Also, thoroughly enjoyed learning about a weather p
Oct 06, 2015 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another great addition to this series that I'm loving so much. I saw the end coming here for the most part . I'm glad one of the characters who was considered for the crime turned out not to be the bad guy. (view spoiler) ...more
May 17, 2015 Tymon rated it really liked it
This was a great story. It starts with a vacation and a storm on the Lake of the Woods on the U.S. Canadian border. The storm is severe and splits up the O'Connor family. Cork and his oldest daughter, Jenny have found a dead woman and a still alive baby in the aftermath of the storm, although there is no doubt the woman was murdered. This is because she has been shot. Then a man shows up to the island and removes the woman's body and seems to be looking for the baby. The rest of the story is try ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it
Though set on Lake of the Clouds in far northern Minnesota, Krueger stirs memories of the Boundary Waters. With good description, character development and a plot that had me guessing until close to the end, Krueger had my rapt attention. If this latest mystery is an indication of his talent, I'm going to explore some of his earlier books set in the UP. In Northwest Angle there are brief references to Eau Claire and Rice Lake. Fun.
Jan 06, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
An exciting adventure plus murder mystery by author Krueger. His action character Cork O'Connor decides to gather his children together along with a couple of close ties to go on a vacation into the wilderness of the Boundary Waters to give them a chance to communicate after the death of his wife and the children's mom. While in the far North called the angle while out on the waters they are caught up in a terrific storm that tears up the area downing trees and damaging dwellings. Cork and his d ...more
May 13, 2014 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy, series
This is my favorite story to date in this series. Cork and his family meet for a houseboat vacation, survive a killer storm, find a baby and supposed Christians in league with the devil. I've not been to this area of Minnesota and look forward to going someday. I'd love to see all those islands in that area and the untouched beauty I'm sure exists.
Danielle G
Jan 26, 2015 Danielle G rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Mar 14, 2014 Agnes rated it it was amazing
AN earlier (2011) one I hadn't read, which explains how Waboo comes to their family. I like how the action involves all the family members, even at personalk expense. Krueger writes with great intensity and lots of action; not a quiet resolution like Precious Ramotse, in No.1 Ladies Detective series.

I learned what a derecho is, not having heard that term to my memory.A derecho is a unique storm system, a bow-shaped formation of towering b;ack clouds that generate straight-line winds of hurricane
Beth Gibson
May 09, 2015 Beth Gibson rated it really liked it
I had not heard of this writer before. It is a mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor, ex-policeman. Or at least he is "ex" in this book. The stories place in the Minnesota lakes area. They are also centered around the Ojibwe Indians in some way. Both feature prominently in this story. The family goes on what starts out on a family vacation and ends up in a murder mystery. At the center of it all his an infant Indian child that was abandoned on an island, his dead young mother at his side. Who d ...more
Lynn Pribus
Feb 18, 2015 Lynn Pribus rated it it was ok
OK about says it. I was well into it on my iPod (story loaded by son) when I realized I'd read another in this series. Gave that one a three because the landscape and land were much a part of the story. In this one also, and the extra interest that this is that little bit of the US that is connected only to Canada and that portion is called the Northwest Angle. That and the territory of the very large Lake of the Woods was interesting.

Another interesting feature was that it opened with a derecho
Jim Krotzman
Nov 07, 2014 Jim Krotzman rated it really liked it
Northwest Angle was a good mystery, but unfortunately I was able to figure out most of it 3/4s of the way into it. It takes place on and around the Lake of the Woods. Cork O'Connor takes his family and extended family on a houseboat vacation to try to bring the family together after the death of his wife Jo in Heaven's Keep. A terrible storm with straight line winds hits and decimates much of the woods around the lake. A woman's body is found in a cabin, and an infant, still alive, is found hidd ...more
Cathy Savage
Aug 03, 2015 Cathy Savage rated it it was amazing
Stumbled across this author by accident so decided to try some of his stories. I picked up this book (& 2 others)from the library 4 days ago, started it less than 40 hours ago and am now finished. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was so expertly and cunningly told that I was able to anticipate only one plot detail and that was just shortly before its revelation. The whole story pulled me in to such a degree that I felt compelled to finish it rather than do tasks that were awaiting me. A go ...more
Feb 10, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Krueger just keeps going and going....

Cork has taken his family, along with his sister-in-law Rose and her husband Mal, on a vacation on a houseboat. A sudden violent storm, called a derecho, blows through the lake, leaving Cork and his eldest daughter Jenny stranded on one of the lake's many islands. It is here that Jenny finds the body of a young girl with a gunshot wound in her head, as well as a living baby. Although they need to be rescued, they realize that any signal they make might be fo
Feb 12, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
It's a mild one, but it's Winter here in Canada and I have had a cold for the past week.

I think it was Rod McKuen who said "the best cure for a cold was to go to bed with a good book, or a friend who has read one".

I took his advise and I have just finished reading Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger, yet another volume in the Cork O'Connor series of mysteries.

I recommend the series and this book as examples of stories well told about the human experience with a little adventure, mystery, h
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it it was ok
It's not often that I found a novel set close to where I was born in Northwestern I was excited to read "Northwest Angle" by William Kent Krueger. Somehow I also missed knowing that the title is an informal name used by Northwestern Ontario/Minnesota to refer to their part of the world. This is the 12th book in a series whose titles all indicate a connection to my favorite setting. Regrettably, though, it's a potboiler though, with questionable insights into native American rites. I ...more
Ginny Dodge
May 01, 2015 Ginny Dodge rated it really liked it
Northwest Angle was a suspenseful mystery, in keeping with the many themes in the O'Connor series. Ojibwe tradition, religion, family, nature and plot twists abound. I was happy to have Rose back in this novel. I was rooting for Jenny throughout the book. One of the things I love about these books is the way Krueger gives a more realistic 'happy ending' to the plot lines. People pass on, families age and grow apart, love and tradition have a way to become timeless. Krueger has found a way to exp ...more
Vicki Kohl
Aug 10, 2015 Vicki Kohl rated it really liked it
Wish I hadn't read this after the first in the Cork O'Connor series because I know some sad info about a character before reading the novel with the events. The novels make me want to visit the Minnesota area Krueger writes about--I've not thought about Minnesota having such vast tracts of water, forest, and wilderness. I find his writing akin to Craig Johnson; they are both respectful of the Native American peoples who call their respective regions home and both writers have a spiritual vein. A ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Cork O'Connor (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor, #2)
  • Purgatory Ridge (Cork O'Connor, #3)
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