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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

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atria Books (first published June 7th 2011)
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Surreysmum
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
Carl Brookins
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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Michael
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...more
Charty
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
Carmen
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
Ruth
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
Idris
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...more
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
Susan
My first book by this author...it 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...more
Rick Fisher
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...more
Vivian
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
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.
Agnes
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...more
Patricia Strot
WKK takes us on a wild adventure in the Lake of the Woods area of Minnesota. It begins as Cork O'Connor's family meets for a vacation there in 1999. 1999, the year of the derecho in Northern Minnesota, a scary backdrop. Each of the family members is paired off and on an adventure when the derecho with it's hurricane force straight-line winds hit the area. In the aftermath two family members finds a cabin with the body of a young woman and hidden in the cabin a very young baby boy. From this poin...more
Bobbi
I love all of the Cork O'Connor titles. I consistently say (to my New England friends) that William Kent Krueger might just be the best thriller author you aren't reading. As a naive northern Minnesotan, I think that Krueger accurately captures the beauty and serenity of the Great North Woods and does a pretty good job of describing most of the people.

Typically, there isn't much in his books that make my eyes roll (aside from some of the religious story lines), but Northwest Angle -- oh, my! (v...more
Kevin
Always when I think the Cork O'Connor series just can't get any better, the author William Kent Krueger outdoes himself. This is simply why I read books, this one took me on an adventure I won't soon forget and at some point may have to go back and revisit this book again it was so good. Its set on the most northwest part of the contingent 48 states and involves all the characters of this series that I have come to love! Its a tale about a family (the O'Connors) trying to reconnect on a family v...more
Kevin
In Northwest Angle, Krueger is back with a suspenseful novel that doesn't dwell on Cork's loss of Jo that occurred at the end of Heaven's Keep. This time around Cork is beginning to accept the death of his wife and is beginning to move on with his life. He is also becoming concerned with Henry Meloux's health which appears to be failing. Henry is being assisted by his niece Rainy Bisonette. Initially there was some discord between Cork and Rainy, but as time has progressed there seems to be a gr...more
Wendy Hines
In this newest installment of the Cork O'Connor novels, William Kent Krueger has raised his own bar. It begins with a famil vacation oon the remote Lake in the Woods, but a storm sweeps through. Cork and his daughter Jenny end up on an island, separated from the others they were vacationing with.

On this island, Cork and Jenny stumble upon an old cabin with a murdered young woman within. She wasn't killed by the storm, but has been bound, tortured and shot in the head. Further investigation on t...more
David Peters
I came to this really wanting to like it because it featured several things that I look for. A mystery series with an extended backlist taking place in Minnesota. I was hoping for Riley Spartz or Lucas Davenport; or somewhere in between. I even dug around my want to read pile (about 80 books) and found one of the earlier books in the series, Thunder Bay. So I took both books with me on vacation to read – I actually took 7 books with me and got them all done.

The positives. There was a lot of fan...more
Bonnie
Krueger continues his series of books set in upper Minnesota with this twelfth account of Cork o'Connor and his family. Cork, devastated after the death of his wife Jo, gathers the family for a houseboat reunion on Lake of the Woods in Canada and wanting to talk to his eldest daughter Jenny about her future, takes her in a dinghy to an island with pictographs of children. While there, a monstrous storm system swept across South Dakota and at the edge of western Minnesota, exploded into the most...more
Lynn Lerch
William Kent Krueger writes an exciting mystery that keeps you awake until you finish it. This time Cork O'Connor takes his family including his sister-in-law Rose and her husband on a houseboat vacation on The Lake of The Woods. Cork takes his daughter, Jenny, to see some pictographs on a remote island and on there way back to the houseboat a huge storm blows over them. Cork is dumped from the boat and Jenny ends up on an island. Jenny finds a cabin with a dead girl and a baby hidden in a baske...more
Elizabeth
It started out so well. I was willing to forgive the sometimes slightly awkward writing for what seemed to be turning into a thrilling mystery.



He woke long before it was necessary, had wakened in this way for weeks, troubled and afraid. A dull illumination came through the houseboat window into the cabin he shared with his son. Not light exactly. More the promise of light. False dawn, Cork O’Connor knew.

He threw back the thin sheet, slipped quietly from his bunk, and stepped into the long centra
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Audrey
Dec 24, 2011 Audrey added it
This book has so many sub plots that it's a great read. Cork O' Connor,his daughter Jenny and other family members are enjoying a vacation on a houseboat in Lake of Woods,Minnesota an area I knew very little about. Cork is of Native American heritage -the Anishinaabeg or First people.
He and Jenny are taking a side trip to an island called Neejawnisug where the natives hid their women and children while running from the Dakota tribe. On a big white stone there are pictographs done in ocher.Cork...more
Erika
I won this from Goodreads First Reads!!

I really liked this book. It was well written and very intersting and it was a very good story line.

This book is about how Cork and his family went on a houseboat to the Lake of the Woods for a vacation. The Lake of the Woods has thousands of islands surrounding it. It was a calm, typical morning when a huge storm struck. Cork and his daughter Jenny were together in a tiny boat when they saw the storm. The rest of the family were near each other when the s...more
Dorie
Much of the action in this book takes place away from the usual Aurora, Minnesota setting. Cork and his family are in Lake of the Woods, a large lake between Ontario and Minnesota that contains 14,552 islands. Cork and Jenny are out traveling in a small boat when a violent wind (known as derecho) sweeps through, leaving chaos and devastation in its wake and Cork and Jenny stranded on a small island. Jenny finds a cabin on the island that contains the body of a young woman who has been murdered,...more
BJ
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Clockstein Lockstein
Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger is the eleventh book in the Cork O'Connor series. Cork has taken his family of sister-in-law Rose and her husband, Mal, and three kids: Anne, Jenny, and Stephen, away up north to the Lake of the Woods on vacation, to help them all recover from the events of the past few books. He wants to spend some time alone with Jenny and talk with her about her growing relationship with boyfriend, Aaron, but all of his plans are shaken when a huge storm called a derech...more
Sabrina Laitinen
This is another crime novel in a series by William Kent Krueger. The story is set in the picturesque area of Northwoods Minnesota on the Lake of the Woods. Cork O'Conner, a native Ojibwe, and his family are vacationing on a houseboat when a terrible storm know as a "Derecho" strikes. It is from here the mystery begins as an infant and dead woman are found by O'Conner's daughter on one of the many small islands that she is washed up to during this storm. It is also from here that the story falls...more
Carla Hund
Although I was familiar with William Kent Krueger's "Cork O'Connor" novels, I had never read any of them. Northwest Angle does have enough background info on Cork and his family so even new readers feel like they already know the characters. I enjoyed Northwest Angle, but I found the story somewhat unbelievable-and especially could not relate to Jenny's almost obsessive attachment to the newborn baby she and her father discover on a remote island in Lake of the Woods where the family has gone to...more
Book Him Danno
I came to this really wanting to like it because it featured several things that I look for. A mystery series with an extended backlist taking place in Minnesota. I was hoping for Riley Spartz or Lucas Davenport; or somewhere in between. I even dug around my want to read pile (about 80 books) and found one of the earlier books in the series, Thunder Bay. So I took both books with me on vacation to read – I actually took 7 books with me and got them all done.

The positives. There was a lot of fan...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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