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Tamarack County: A Novel (Cork O'Connor #13)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,192 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Cork O’Conner returns for “hold-your-breath suspense” (Booklist, starred review) in the thirteenth novel in the New York Times bestselling mystery series.

During a blizzard one bitter winter night, just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural county road in Tamarack County
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Atria Books (first published August 20th 2013)
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William Kent Krueger

I'll begin this last review (for the time being until the next in series comes out) by saying this: "If you enjoy Johnson's Walt Longmire series, than by all means give Krueger's Cork O'Connor series a try. You will not be disappointed.

And so, Corciran's sage continues in this, the 13th installment of the series. As with Johnson's work, I never tire of these novels. Anne comes back to Tamarack County. Gone is her spiritual and calm demeanor. Something's happened a
Diane S.
I am already dreading the day that Henry Meloux is not longer part of this series, he adds such a welcome touch of Indian lore and mysticism. As always a big part of this series is Cork and his family, in this one both Stephen, Cork and Anne are dealing with a moral crisis that they must work their way through. Vivid setting in Northern setting, one feels the cold when these books are set in the winter, as this one was. Such a dependable series, the plots are always interesting and entwined with ...more
Jon Recluse
Another excellent installment in the Cork O'Connor series, as a case of a former judge's missing wife and the brutal killing of the beloved dog belonging to a family friend sets Cork on the twisted trail of a madman that threatens more than he can imagine. Skillfully blending mystery, nail biting suspense, family drama and Ojibwe mysticism, Krueger never fails to deliver.

Highly recommended.
Dale Harcombe
I have not read any of this author’s books before and picked this up just as something different to my other books from the library. In Tamarack County I was introduced to Cork O’Conner who is a private investigator. In previous novels it appears he was a sheriff. Marsha Dross a protégé of Cork is now the sheriff. The reader knows from the beginning that Evelyn Carter is murdered, Cork and the sheriff initially just have an abandoned car and no body. A blizzard complicates finding out what happe ...more
5/5 stars another great read from WKK!
I've enjoyed all the books I've read by this author, some very good, some a great time for me-- this one just clicked with me and I enjoyed the at-home dilemmas as much as the murder whodunit one. I've been reading this series, albeit out of order, for a few years and highly recommend it.
One thing I love about Krueger's books is the consistency of the quality. Every book has been a gem. This one is no exception. There were several moral struggles going on and in the end each compass had settled on pointing in one direction. Things can always change, though, and hopefully I'll find out in the next book where these relationships are headed. I so love the wisdom of Henry Meloux, and it will be a very sad day when he walks the Path of Souls.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Murders, children coming back home, folks getting run off the road, revenge for a 20-year-old murder, and many unusual things happening in the bitter cold county of Tamarack in Northern Minnesota.

What was happening in this town that usually was a quiet place to be? No one knew the answer, and the police had no clue either. Even Cork, a retired deputy sheriff, was called in for the investigation that he was more involved with than he knew.

Cork O’Connor wasn't aware that his family would be involv
William Kent Krueger is one of my go-to authors. I am always so excited when I know a new book in the Cork O'Connor series or a stand alone is on the way. And I am always elated when I am granted a review copy.

Once again, I am drawn into Northern Minnesota after just a few pages with Krueger's compelling writing style. Authors that immediately grab your attention are a rarity and Krueger is one of them.

Cork O'Connor's family dynamic is always changing. In Tamarack County, middle daughter Annie i
William Kent Krueger is a fascinating writer. As I read Tamarack County I felt like I was watching instead of reading. He writes 'slow' but the story never stops moving. If any of that makes any sense to you or if it doesn't I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read. All the elements are there; mystery, history, family, love, revenge, redemption, murder, the icy cold of Minnesota. I will definitely read all his books.
Brent Soderstrum
In this 13th installment of Krueger's Cork O'Conner series hormones and revenge run amok. There is also a theme of everything happens for reason which is often so hard to see when we are going through something.

Hormones: Cork's are raging even with Rainy in New Mexico taking care of a family situation. Stella gets Cork's attention. Anne's hormones are raging despite being in the middle of the process of becoming a nun. Finally Stephen's hormones are raging as teenage boy with the first love of h
Jill Manske
Another really good book by William Kent Krueger. As often happens, I began reading Krueger with one of his later books and am working my way backwards. Although more recent books provide clues as to what happened in earlier ones, I still enjoyed reading Tamarack County. His books are always so full of wonderfully descriptive scenes and intriguing characters - you feel as if you are in the Minnesota north woods with him. Unlike most mysteries, the reader isn't trying to figure out whodunit, but ...more
Another solid installment in this excellent mystery series. I liked Cork and his family from the start (the first, Iron Lake, was published many years ago) and I've grown to like it very, very much. The characters are completely human, the Indian culture (Ojibwa) in far northern Minnesota is handled sensitively and honestly (and what a rich and deeply spiritual culture it is) and most importantly, the people in the series continue to mature and evolve. One of my favorite characters, Cork's frien ...more
Paul Pessolano
“Tamarack County” by William Kent Krueger, published by Atria Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – August 20, 2013

This is the thirteenth book in the series that features Corcoran (Cork) O’Connor. The novels take place in a small community in Minnesota and usually during its harsh winters, plenty of snow and temperatures below zero.

Cork has been a deputy, sheriff, and now a private investigator in the community. In “Tamarack County” Cork is asked by the sheriff to help in finding
This is a series I follow faithfully, ever since I took the first book, Iron Lake, on a trip with a large group of dancers and parents to Spain. Pre-ebooks, and I think 4 or 5 people read it that trip--men and women. A great series to share.
Here, Cork O'Connor finds himself involved in two cases--the wife of a much-despised judge has gone missing and someone is attacking the family of his teenage son's girlfriend. Not to mention the fact that his daughter Annie is unexpectedly home from a religi
Earlier this year I read William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace. It was the first book I had read by Krueger so I was anxious to get my hands on another one of his books. Tamarack County is Krueger's latest release, and it's part of his Cork O'Connor series.

Overall I'd have to say this was a middle of the road book for me. Some of it was from coming into the series late, but some of it wasn't.

Like most adult mystery series books, the main story of Tamarack County is stand alone. I didn't need to
When I think of the series overall, I think the Cork O'Connor series is one of the most far-fetched, unbelievable mystery series out there. No family has that many tragedies or bad things happen to them. The series could be equally as compelling with Cork solving these mysteries, with his family on the periphery and with much less fallout to the family. It's frustrating, which definitely takes away from calling Krueger a favorite author of mine.

Each individual book, however, sucks you in with it
Andy Marlow
As much of a disappointment at the current James Lee Burke was, this book by Minnesota author William Kent Krueger was a delight. I literally couldn't put it down; ripping through it in less than 24 hours. I love Krueger's depiction of Northern Minnesota. He so obviously loves it. And he is becoming to the Ojibwe people what Tony Hillerman was to the Navajo; the best non-native writer Who writes about tribal people. They are neither idealized nor demonized. They are just people with a shared his ...more
Jo Dervan
Cork O'Connor is a private detective who is a former law enforcement officer and was once the Sheriff of Tamarack County in Minnesota. Cork is part Ojibwa and Tamarack County is in thee North Country where many Native Americans live on and off the reservations.

A string of attacks and disappearances begin to occur right before Christmas in the county. They all seem to be connected to a murder years before. When Cork's son is attacked, he joins the hunt for the culprit.

This is the 13th book in the
Sheila DeChantal
This would be my first of William Kent Krueger’s books that involve his continuing protagonist, Cork O’ Conner. In fact, I have only read one other book by this author and that would be Ordinary Grace. (Excellent read).

Cork is an interesting character. His wife was killed (probably details of this in an earlier book), and he has three almost grown children. Even though this is the 13th mystery with Cork O’Conner, I did not feel like I needed the previous books to understand what was going on or
The 2013 murder mystery “Tamarack County: A Novel” by William Kent Krueger is the 13th of the Cork O’Connor novels which were published 1998-2013. The 14th in the series, “Windigo Island,” came out in 2014. This book is the only I have read in the series.
The story begins five miles outside of the fictional small town of Aurora, Minnesota, during a Dec. 15 blizzard when the car of Evelyn Carter, the wife of a retired local judge, is found abandoned. The chief character, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor
I have read five of the 13 books in this series about Cork O'Connor and this one I didn't enjoy as much as the others. Seemed as if Krueger's command of language and sentence structure was not as strong in this particular title. And Cork in this one was having trouble being faithful to his girlfriend whom was away attending to her son. There is a very good prayer prayed by Cork's son Steven, very down to earth with great imagery--the real way Krueger can write, but didn't seem to in this title.
Jim Krotzman
Tamarack County is the latest in the Corcoran O'Connor series that takes place up on the Iron range. The town Aurora, in which the novels take place, is a real town in NE Minnesota. This mystery is a bit convoluted with questionable psychology. It begins with the murder of a 70 year-old woman who was married to a nasty retired judge. O'Connor's family is in more danger than in the other novels. His daughter Anne, who was intending to become a nun comes home for Christmas with a gigantic problem ...more
So frustrated. A few books ago, Krueger changed the dynamics for his main character. Probably to give him the opportunity to be a carefree bachelor. At the time I was frustrated because it was obvious the book was solely a vehicle to get rid of his wife...change the family dynamic. Here we are a few books later and he's managed to completely turn his decent and flawed main character into someone I don't like at all. A 50ish man who acts according to his hormones, just as his teenage son does (yo ...more
Krueger's books are set in Minnesota, so it is enjoyable to read about places in northern Minnesota. Cork O'Connor is a former sheriff of Tamarack County but with connections to the current office holder. Krueger has a lengthy series featuring O'Connor. This one starts out with the murder of an elderly woman but progresses into seemingly unrelated attacks on others including one on the girlfriend of Cork's son. Eventually it becomes apparent that the murder is connected to the attacks plus the t ...more
Rick Fisher
WKK is a genius, in my opinion. He has developed a world of people I love being a part of. I love his work and I love this family he created.
Each novel delves further into the depths of the O'Connor families hearts. This family dynamic, mixed with the mysteries of the police force, make for a most excellent read.
I would never be able to say thank you enough to WKK for allowing me to take part and enjoy his talent.
I love crime/mystery stories that are set in unusual locations and during storms, power outages, etc. This book has all those elements. The setting is Minnesota during the winter. Right there you know people are going to be fighting bone-chiling cold and copious snowfall. In "Tamarack County", if the villain doesn't get you...the weather will.
An elderly wife of a curmudgeonly former judge goes missing. There are odd things to explain about this missing persons case: her gas tank is empty, it's v
Pretty good story, but the side story involving Annie was just irritating. Especially the choice she made at the end. I guess she was being true to herself, but her decision was way beyond my comprehension, since I am not a religious person. I would rather Krueger would stick to the mystery like he did in the earlier books of the series (and the Indian mysticism is a nice touch too), but leave the pious stuff out.
Christmas is approaching when daughter Annie arrives home early, clearly upset about something from her preparation to become a nun. Then an old woman is stabbed to death, and son Stephen's girlfriend's dog is senselessly decapitated. Stephen and the girlfriend are then run off the road into the frozen lake when two brave townspeople risk their lives to save them. Cork O'Connor is sought out for help by Sheriff Marsha Dross, and goes into overdrive when his family is harmed. The family's spiritu ...more
4.5 Stars This is book 13 in the Cork O'Connor series, which is one of my absolute favorites. Although bad things happen (this is a mystery series after all), it is always a great comfort to me to be immersed in Aurora with Cork, his family and the supporting cast, especially Henry. Kent Krueger writes with such depth and passion. His characters are very real, dealing with real life issues and struggles which are carefully woven into the mystery. I don't want to say anything about the story that ...more
I always look forward to a new addition to the Cork O'Connor series. The characters in the series continue to evolve and change. I enjoy the northern Minnesota setting and the backdrop of Ojibwa lore and tradition. As always Mr. Krueger does not disappoint but provides a well written fast paced mystery that leaves the reader anxious to see how the mystery is solved.
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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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