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Trickster's Point (Cork O'Connor #12)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,586 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
The dying don’t easily become the dead.

The next novel in William Kent Krueger’s New York Times bestselling series finds Cork O’Connor sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. With him is Jubal Little, who is favored to become the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, and who is slowly dying
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Atria Books (first published August 2012)
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Christopher Smith
I give this Cork O'Connor book my "best story in a series" award. It was worth the wait....and left me wanting to turn another page. The book stands alone (so if it is your first William Kent Krueger read, you won't be left wondering about references to earlier books.) But Krueger only provides O'Connor family background when background is essential (so if you have, like me, read all of the others in the series, you won't get bored by the repetition.) The Ojibwa mystic tradition is interestingly ...more
Linda Branich
Cork O'Connor finds himself in the woods beneneath Trickster's Point, hunting with a friend, Jubal Little. Cork and Jubal were close friends during their school years, even carrying a torch for the same girl, but as often happens, they drifted apart as the years rolled by. Jubal is aspiring to be the first Native American Governor of Minnesota.

Sudd3nly, out of no where, an arrow strikes Jubal in the heart. Cork wants to go for help, but Jubal knows his wound is fatal and asks Cork to stay with h
May 19, 2013 Skip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
I was very disappointed when author William Kent Krueger killed off the wife of his main character in book #9 (Heaven's Keep) because they had a special relationship, not perfect by any means, but a certain yin-yang thing, whereby they filled in the holes in the other. Several books later, Cork O'Connor seems to have found a new soulmate in Henry Meloux's niece, Rainy. Here is a wonderful summary of Cork's character from Rainy: "[Uncle Henry] says you are like a dog who can't remember where he's ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
#12 in the series..and the newest to go on sale August 21, 2012. Thanks to Wendy at S&S/Atria Books for the ARC.
Another fantastic addition to the series, staring Cork O'Connor and his family and friends in Aurora, Minnesota.
Meet Jubal Little, a childhood buddy of Cork's, who has married into a powerful political family and is the current state governor.
While on a trip back home, Jubal and Cork are out hunting deep in the Minnesota wilderness, at an area, where a stone monolith is located
Apr 24, 2012 Allyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rggs-i-ve-done
I used to be a voracious mystery/suspense reader some years back. But it seemed like too many writers were focused on creating incredible plot twists instead of creating interesting, multidimensional characters and generally beautiful, solid writing. Bad guys were cliched. Setting was almost nonexistent. Dialogue, likewise cliched and so transparently used as a device to deliver back story and information. I think the genre has suffered for that trend. But I was so excited to find that William K ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cork O'Connor sat at the base of a tree growing next to a huge pillar of stone, the stone is called Trickster's Point. The man is Jubal, a acquaintance and friend from his youth, the man is slowly dying from an arrow lodged in his chest. The arrow belongs to Cork, and from this point on he is the prime suspect in Jubal's murder. This a real fun mind boggler for the action seeker, clues drop in and out but only the clever see them. One of the best by Krueger, enjoy the author's knowledge and abil ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a drawing from This was the first of Krueger's books that I've read and this was #12 in the series, but I found that I really didn't have to read the previous books to get up to speed in this one. There is a lot of back story, filling in the main character's relationship with the other characters, so that was a good thing. It was also frustrating because I wanted to stick with the main plot line and move forward with it more quickly.

Krueger's understanding an
Oct 08, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first novel I've read in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series but with ample flashbacks to Cork's childhood, teenage years, and other pertinent references to his more recent past, the story is satisfyingly self-contained.

I was surprised by the nature of the writing. I was expecting a novel filled with suspense but I'd classify it as a rather sleepy thriller, at best. That's not to undercut its success. It's a well-constructed mystery. In fact, I though
Pamela Mass
Sep 04, 2012 Pamela Mass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love visiting Aurora, MN! The characters are like family and neighbors I've known all my life. I used to wish this series would be a movie or tv series, but not anymore. I don't think anyone could do it justice (the way the Longmire series is being done comes close, though). I still try to picture the perfect actor to play Cork, but no one fits the bill. He's a combination of every perfect leading man. This story is beautifully written (what book has Kent not written beautifully?), and I love ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Kevintipple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Approximately a year after the events of Northwest Angle finds Cork O’Connor once again dealing with the weighty issues of family, friendship, and survival in the wilderness of the North Country of Minnesota. It took Jubal Little three hours to die. Plenty of time for a man to confess his sins, make peace with the past, and more while siting against a rock at Trickster’s Point.

Cork O’Connor may have thought about killing Jubal Little. He may have gone to the site for a lot of reasons – including
Lorca Damon
Oct 27, 2012 Lorca Damon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t really like mysteries. Basically, I just never care whodunit and even if it was the butler, I can’t really figure out why he did it.

Fortunately, Krueger is such a masterful storyteller that he made me care. You can’t not care, especially when a beloved political figure is lying on the ground, gasping for breath with his best friend’s arrow sticking out of his chest. And there’s a really complex reason why this best friend sat beside the dying man for three hours without going to get help
Marcia Ferguson
Nov 19, 2012 Marcia Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I'd give this book a 4.5 star rating. My first William Kent Krueger book to read and I look forward to reading lots more of them. The premise was utterly clever and it kept me hooked throughout the book. Inspired. As often happens with mysteries, I felt the cards fell into place too rapidly for me, as if the conclusion was bound to be complicated and it was. So the writer kind of rushed through it all to tie the ends up.

However, now that a day has gone by, I've found myself making more
Sep 14, 2013 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I just discovered William Kent Krueger. I was interested in him because he writes about Northern Minnesota where my friend Chuck Gilley lives.I was happy to find another writer I can turn to reliably for a good read. He is thoughtful. His dialogue is generally pretty good. The novels pace well and the usually end in a twist. It's all fun. I also like that Krueger explores spirituality, especially Roman Catholicism and Ojubwe spirituality. This particular book takes a look at relationships over y ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so thrilled that William Kent Krueger continues to write these wonderful Cork O'Connor books! Trickster's Point goes back into Cork's past to explain the happenings in his present life. This is the twelfth in the series and it is just as well written and compelling as the rest.

Jubal Little has been in and out of Cork's life for as long as he can remember. Jubal is assassinated in the first moments of the book. Cork has been set up to take the fall. And so it begins.

Krueger weaves native Ame
LInda L
Mar 19, 2016 LInda L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was, once again, a great Krueger book. Usually I know who the bad guy is fairly soon, but not in this one -- I was SHOCKED. Will not do a "spoiler", so you just have to read it yourself. You won't be sorry. Makes me want to move to northern Minnesota. Almost.
Sep 12, 2012 Dorie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
4.5 stars. Another great read in this consistently fine series. I'll admit I was a little disappointed with the author because I had figured out the murderer and the motive about mid-book. Yeah, I was completely wrong and can't believe I fell for the red herring.

I enjoyed this book because it included flashbacks of Cork's past -- his childhood and his teenage years, which have not been featured or referenced much in the series.

This was not as much of a thriller in the way the last few books have
Sep 11, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book opens with Cork O'Connor out hunting with a childhood friend who is running for governor of Minnesota. The friend is shot and killed with an arrow that appears to be Cork's. Cork is suspected of killing his friend and starts his own investigation. I LOVE this series. It is one of my favorites. Krueger's writing is so engaging. His narrative is so beautifully written, that I often find myself stopping to re-read passages and savor the prose. He is a master at describing setting and crea ...more
Andrew Langert
Jul 24, 2016 Andrew Langert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trickster's Point is the 12th book in author William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, published in 2013. The 15th book in this series is due out later in 2016.
Ordinary Grace, a departure from Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, is a 2012 masterpiece. It was the book that introduced me to this author.
I decided to next got to his very first Cork O'Connor book, published in 1999: Iron Lake. I was very disappointed in it, could not believe it was written by the same guy who wrote Ordinary Grace, an
Eva Thieme
Unlike most reviewers here, this was my first Cork O'Connor book. I came to it via Ordinary Grace, which I found to be a wonderfully told coming of age story. I guess I was a little disappointed this wasn't something in the same vein. While I liked everything about Cork, the other characters, and the writing, a private investigator series - albeit with an interesting twist - was not really what I expected. Maybe it's just me, but I found it just a tad too much "young adult" in genre to really fa ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm beginning to think I could write one of these books. Here's the formula.

Someone dies under mysterious circumstances, generally involving Cork O'Conner in the first few chapters. Cork spends his time driving or boating back and forth between his family's home on Gooseberry lane and the crime scene while making a few stops out at Henry Meloux's cabin. The bumbling idiots from the cities who are in to help out on the investigation bother all the locals and always chase the wrong trail. Some lar
Mar 31, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TRICKSTER’S POINT by William Kent Krueger

If you are looking for a literate mystery with well-developed characters and a convincing, challenging plot, this is the book for you. Krueger’s latest chapter in the life of his Cork O’Conner character will have you guessing until the last pages.
Several characters from Cork’s past have reason to kill off Cork’s childhood friend, rising politician Jubal Little. When Little’s life is cut short in the middle of his gubernatorial campaign, Cork is the prime
Jun 28, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful addition to the Cork O'Connor series. This is a story of lifelong love and friendship, and how things change over time. I loved how the author wove Cork's memories throughout the story. They not only moved the story along, they added depth to the character. I also love how Stephen is growing and becoming a man. There are, at this point, only two more books in this series. I wonder where Mr. Krueger will take me next.
A challenging plot involves Cork and several childhood friends, one of whom was close enough to be categorized as a brother. The story of their past is told in flashback segments while Cork is being considered a prime suspect in his death. Ever the politician, Cork's friend, Jubal, has grand ambitions for the state of Minnesota when he becomes governor, a wife, a mistress and several secrets.
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 21, 2014 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 12th book in the Cork O'Conner series by Krueger.

I love Krueger's tales and this is another very good one. This is one of the few in which I was able to figure out who the killer was before the very end. Still it was a fun read.

Cork is hunting with his old friend Jubal Little, a former NFL QB and current candidate for governor of Minnesota. Jubal is shot through the heart with an arrow and dies 3 hours later in Cork's arms. The arrow appears to be one of Cork's.

Krueger takes us back
Jan 31, 2016 Caryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trickster's Point by William Kent Krueger
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#12 Cork O'Connor, 2012 Recorded Books (audio), 2012 Atria (print)
I think of all the books in this long running series, that Trickster's Point is my favorite. The book opens with Cork sitting next to a long time friend, sometimes enemy, waiting for him to die. When Cork eventually calls the authorities to report the death, Cork becomes a suspect because he sat and watched for three hours until Jubal Little was dead before seeking hel
May 06, 2015 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wm-kent-krueger
The beauty of William Kent Krueger's books, to me, is that the characters are so wonderfully human. They are so well described and depicted that you feel a closeness to them and their surroundings. You feel the relationships as tho they are your own. Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff and main character, is caught in a situation where his childhood friend is killed by a bow and arrow while they are out bow hunting. Cork is the main suspect and he sets out to discover why his friend was killed and ...more
Mary Jo
It was good but I had the ending figured out halfway through. His earlier books in the series are much better in my opinion.
Feb 10, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jubal Little was a rising political star, poised to become the governor of Minnesota, when an arrow ends his life while he is out hunting with his old high school friend Cork O'Connor. The arrow is handmade, exactly the way Cork makes his own, and Cork is suspected of murder. And it looks like he will have to find the killer himself if he wants to be exonerated.

In this volume we are treated to a look at Cork's past as the story is told in constant flashbacks. Sometimes it's a little confusing to
Dec 26, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series (each book would stand alone too) because the author includes Native American beliefs and lore as well as integrating the history of the characters to explain who they are today.

Cork O'Conner is embroiled in the mystery of who killed his long ago friend,Jubal Little. Jubal had many enemies being a politician but, of course, Cork being there when he died from a hand made arrow exactly like the ones Cork makes - makes him the prime suspect.

It is a complex trail he has to
I never get tired of Cork O'Connor and his dogged pursuit of the truth. This entry in the series begins with Cork staying by the side of his fatally wounded childhood friend, Jubal, for three hours. Cork becomes a suspect in the murder and begins to investigate to clear his name. I found myself listening for long stretches to find out what happened. Cork's family is included in the story, but a little less so than in earlier entries. I felt that this book could be a stand alone although one of t ...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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