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Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger
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Aug 30, 09

bookshelves: thriller-mystery-suspense
Read in August, 2009

Wow! I rate this the best addition thus far to the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger: Terrific plotting (I will say nothing about the plot - you simply have the read the book; suffice to say that it gets going in a big way on page 1), with several clever twists and turns, including unexpected shifts in the basic direction of the story; great writing; excellent pacing. Actually, my only criticism is that the book, which is still a few hundred pages long, is too short - this is a novel I wanted to just go on and on. The plot will also help breathe further life into the entire series - it really does take things in a divergent direction. For the biggest bang, start the series from the beginning ("Iron Lake") - see for a list of the series in order.

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Nina Maggart Margaret: do I need to read this series in order?

Margaret Well... I guess, technically, no, but... I think it really adds to enjoying the book. With the exception of "Iron Lake," which was the first in the series and which I bought used at a local (A2) mystery book shop, I've checked them out of the library to read in order. Since three of the books ("Iron Lake" and two of the middle-to-later ones - can't recall the names) in particular concern Cork O'Connor's wife, Jo, and since this book involves her, I think it would really add to the reading pleasure and understanding to have read the series. But, admittedly, I'm kind of compulsive about "series" books - I really like to read them in order and I can always tell if I'm reading a book out of order b/c invariably there are references back, even in passing, that I don't understand and that makes me nuts. Reading this series in order is certainly no hardship - writing and plot-wise it's really a terrific mystery series. All that being said - me baring my prejudices - I did read a recent review of this book (actually in the local mystery shop's recent newsletter) in which the reviewer, who has read the series, doesn't think it's necessary to have read the others. I'm just a little skeptical...

Hope all is well and you've had a great summer! - Margaret

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