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Sulfur Springs

(Cork O'Connor #16)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,123 ratings  ·  518 reviews
On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dea ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Atria Books
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Susan I am a bit confused by that one too. I don't want to give anything away either but I agree with you. I even looked back a bit through earlier chapters…moreI am a bit confused by that one too. I don't want to give anything away either but I agree with you. I even looked back a bit through earlier chapters to see if I'd missed something but I couldn't find anything to explain that statement.

Postscript: It occurred to me these might be two independent thoughts about separate individuals (trying to be cryptic here as to not accidentally include a spoiler..).(less)
Gwen I know people who have jumped in and skipped around - but I would recommend starting with #1 - Iron Lake. The mysteries are good - but what is really …moreI know people who have jumped in and skipped around - but I would recommend starting with #1 - Iron Lake. The mysteries are good - but what is really wonderful about the series is the characters - and how they grow up and evolve over the years. I look more forward to finding out what is happening with the family - than the mystery elements. (less)

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Diane S ☔
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Number 16 in the Cork O'Connor series, have been reading these for a long time, and am still excited when I see a new one being published. Cork's family, so familiar to me, like a visit to catch up on old friends. Cork himself, his role of defending the good against evil, which he has done many times. The very old Henri, the midi, a man of uncommon wisdom and peace. Wonder how it would feel to always see the clear path through life. In this one he only makes a brief appearance, but his words are ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
Thought I might open this review with a quote from my review of the previous book in the series:-
"We leave the book with Cork in a happy place but I fully expect that to be wiped out quickly in the next book. Pretty sure the author will not want to write about a happy hero."
I was so right!

Interestingly Sulfur Springs is written from Cork's POV and it actually does open with him in a happy place but this lasts about three pages before the dreaded phone rings and he has to pursue another missing,
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I’ve read all 15 of the previous books in the Cork O'Connor series, and this is the first time I’ve rated one of them less than four stars.

Krueger has set this book mostly in southern Arizona where drug running and illegal immigration are hot topics. He's written that he’s received negative feedback on this book for his liberal stance. Personally, I don’t mind fictional books that have a real-life issue as a component to them, and this author is not the first to do so.

I also don’t mind moving th
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“In the balance of who we are and what we do, the weight of history is immeasurable.”

Sulfur Springs, William Kent Krueger’s sixteenth installment in his much-loved Cork O’Connor series, takes our protagonist from the northern forests to the desert of the southwest. His new wife, Rainy, gets a frantic, garbled voice message from her son Peter indicating he is in trouble. As his mother, Rainy knows she needs to find him. Peter mentions murder, which means to Cork, a former sheriff who is now a
Cork O’Connor and Rainy Bisonette are still in their honeymoon phase following their recent marriage when she gets a desperate phone message from her son, Peter. When they fail to reach him, Cork and Rainy head off to Sulfur Springs, Arizona where he lives, at least that’s where they’ve been sending his correspondence.

Rainy was sort of a mystery to me until this story. I knew she’s Henry’s niece, a nurse, training to be a healer, has two children from a previous marriage and that’s about it. We
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This 16th offering in the Cork O’Connor detective series finds newlyweds Cork and Rainy Bisonette receiving a frantic, garbled phone call from Rainy’s son Peter. Before you know it, the two of them hop on the next plane to Coronado County in southern Arizona to help. Seems that Peter has been providing food and water for illegal immigrants crossing the border and gotten himself into a heap of trouble. This border area is a busy place—there are Border Agents, DEA agents, Sheriff Deputies, drug ca ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
William Kent Krueger writes one of the most consistent series out there. Each book is a solid 4 star effort. This one opens with a call from Cork O'Connor's second wife, Rainy Bisonette's son Peter which is garbled and ends prematurely, but makes clear he is in trouble and may have killed someone. Peter is a reformed drug abuser, who lives in the desert, and Rainy and Cork fly off to help. Bad guys are after Peter, who nobody seems to know, and he is involved in a group helping illegal immigrant ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in this one. The plot started out promising but then it got bogged down; the author was 'preachy' on the subject of illegal immigrants; there were too many characters and too many rogue groups of nasty people; the setting was dismal. I wish the author had just told an entertaining story without all the stilted dialogue to educate the reader on the topic of illegal immigrants. We're smart enough - we could get the point without having it shoved down our throats. All in all, the ...more
Arthur Ferguson
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was my last William Kent Krueger novel. I have bought and read them all to this point. I had found the Cork O'Connor character (and his family) all endearing and always with something to pique my interest.
This was the weakest plot and story line of the series. However the unforgivable factor was the repeated interruption of the struggling plot to constantly tell me that the illegal immigrants pouring over our Southern border are the most wonderful of people to ever grace our shores. Mr. Kr
Mary Jo
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A good intricate mystery if you don't mind Mexican drug cartels, border struggles and desert heat. The main attraction of Krueger's books for me is the Minnesota setting and I sadly missed the pine trees, lakes and references to Ojibiwa culture.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have LOVED this series, but I'm afraid it has jumped the shark. A jarring move to the geographical southwest and unnecessary kowtowing to the political left made for an unsatisfactory read.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Perfectly serviceable but did not offer much beyond the Joy of Cooking recipe for chicken broccoli casserole.
First Sentence: In the balance of who we are and what we do, the weight of history is immeasurable.

Cork O’Connor and his bride Rainy are about to celebrate the Fourth of July when Rainy receives a frantic and disturbing voice message from her son Peter, who is in Southern Arizona working at a drug rehab center. Being unable to reach him, Cork and Rainy fly to Arizona only to learn that Peter hasn’t worked at the center in months and no one knows where he is. On the message, Peter gave the name
Brent Soderstrum
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is WKK's 16th book from the great Cork O'Connor series and quite frankly it was a disappointment. WWK gets political in this book which deals with illegal immigrants coming from Guatemala through Mexico and into Arizona illegally. Cork and Rainy head to Arizona to find Rainy's son Peter who left them a garbled phone message and then disappeared. It turns out Peter is helping escort illegal immigrants into the US.

The story is pretty complex. It involves drug cartels, land purchases, abandon
Kasa Cotugno
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Latest in a beloved series. This time Cork goes to Arizona, and Krueger does as great a job with the natural world of the desert as he does with the landscape of the northern midwest.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Cork the main protagonist lost his wife and father to mindless violence and now with his second wife, Rainy, he’s on the trail of Peter, her son amid some violence.
This journey in the first person from Cork’s point of view, a journey of trust, one of finding of them in his marriage and securing Peters safety. He finds himself rekindling the Hunter he once was and has to reconnect with a Winchester with lives in the balance.
The author evokes the terrible beauty of the unforgiving land, the terrib
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I never write reviews...I may comment on some threads that I follow, but I don't normally need to share my feelings for a book other than a star rating.

I have been a big fan of WKK for a long time. I stumbled on his books after trying to find another author like Tony Hillerman. I love reading about American Indian culture/spirituality and I always could lose myself in Hillerman's love of the Southwest.

WKK made me anxious to follow my favorite characters with every novel and learn about another
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cork O'Conner mysteries used to be just that. A good mystery. I particularly enjoy the author's ability to make the scenery, the location, almost a character in the book. He brings it to vivid life.

However, since his books now sell, he has decided to make them nothing but political statements of his viewpoint. Each book in the series is now a textbook social justice text.

I miss the mystery, and am done with the lectures. He still has that awesome ability to vividly describe the setting, and it'
Casey Hickman
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Easily the most disappointing Cork O'Connor book in the series. This book didn't even feel like WKK wrote it. I thought there was extremely too many characters to keep track of. I didn't like the ever twisting plot. I didn't like the southwest location. And I definitely didn't like the authors choice of topic in helping illegal immigrants.

Has WKK runout of ideas for this series?
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a huge Krueger fan, but wasn't as fond of this as I have been his others. Although I liked the fact that it occurred in the Southwest, I guess I missed the atmosphere of the north woods and the cast of characters there. Still a good read though!
Mike Hughes
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Best Cork book in years. Change of setting in this, but no change in great writing. Loved the story, the characters are still pretty incredible.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like other mystery writers who spend years on a series, ie, James Lee Burke, Krueger periodically shifts locale away from Minnesota, including stories based in Michigan, Chicago, and Wyoming. In this 15th mystery of the Cork Corcoran series, Cork and his new wife, Rainy, go to the borderlands of Arizona/Mexico to find Rainy’s son after he left a cryptic message on her cellphone. All in this series have addressed the native Americans’ relationship with whites in Minnesota. Krueger’s novels have s ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Throughout the reading of this fine mystery series, I've been impressed by the lore of the various Native American tribes that become part of the stories. Cork, the main character, lives in Minnesota, is of Indian descent, and his life and the cases he becomes involved in are often surrounded and steeped in ways of these noble and fascinating people. Cork's new wife, Rainy, a full-blood Anishinaabe, is a healer, a niece of a richly drawn and wonderful series character who is also a healer, 100 y ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed the books in the Cork O'Connor series but this one was taken out of MN into AZ and it felt so much more political than the other ones. Perhaps because the immigration issue is a little closer to home for me, but it felt dogmatic and not well balanced. I don't mind an author taking on an issue and presenting it but I'd hope it gets presented accurately. I didn't feel like this was an accurate representation of the immigration issue. The story itself was ok, a little slow maybe but pr ...more
Brenden Schaaf
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I’ve always believed that if Minnesota is in your blood, it’s hard to be completely happy anywhere else." Cork O'Connor doesn't need to be happy to get the job done as circumstances take him to the Arizona desert near the border with Mexico. If anything is missing in this book, it's the dealings with the other characters in Aurora that have been woven through the fabric of Krueger's earlier works, but there are plenty of characters in Arizona that Krueger developed very well in this book. I tho ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, read-2017
This title just didn't interest me like the other ones I have read in this series. Yes, it was an easy read, but the others took more time and had more depth. Also Henry did not make an appearance in this one, he was just talked about. This is one of my favorite mystery series even though I began at number ten and have not completed all of the previous ones. Will hope that next August when number seventeen should arrive I will not be disappointed as I was with this one. Sometimes I wondered if K ...more
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This book felt a bit off with the change to first person narrative, and this time it was mostly just Cork. I like these books for the family, not just Cork and I don't really like Rainie that much. The mystery and suspense was okay in this one.
Barbara Ball
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book at all. Way too political for me. It makes me sad because I really enjoyed the series up until this book and am not inclined to read his new book. I may give it a chance. Will definitely not purchase it but get it from the library.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. Some of the Cork O'Connor novels have been too dark for me but this one didn't suffer from that. It had plenty of action and dealt with deeply personal issues without killing everyone we cared about. I have plenty of cop friends and not one of them has had a loved one killed by a bad guy. I am as tired of "kill your darlings" as I am of serial killers. So a huge thank you to the author for not resorting to that in this novel.

Krueger use of first person point of view adds
Mindy Mejia
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ogichidaa means warrior in Ojibwe, but Cork O’Connor gives us the more complex translation: “One who stands between evil and his people.” It’s a deceptively mild verb—to stand—just as the former sheriff and private investigator is a deceptively placid ogichidaa. The hero of this long running series embodies all the laconic stoicism of an aging lawman, whether he’s ruminating on Native guardians or caught in a firefight on the US-Mexican border, which is where the latest installment finds him. Mo ...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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