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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  786 ratings  ·  73 reviews
From the creator of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Cork O'Connor mystery series comes a haunting, atmospheric, conspiracy thriller.
When President Clay Dixon's father-in-law -- a former vice president -- is injured in a farming accident, First Lady Kate Dixon returns to Minnesota to be at his side. Assigned to protect her, Secret Service agent Bo Thorsen soon fal
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Pocket Star (first published February 4th 2003)
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Una Tiers
This is far from the Cork series that I enjoy. Too much violence marred the writing. The plot was disjointed.
Linda Branich
This is a stand-alone political conspiracy thriller and NOT part of Krueger's Cork O'Connor series.

The President of the United States, Clay Dixon, is running for a second term. Unlike SENATOR Dixon, his father, POTUS wants to run a clean campaign. The First Lady, Kate, is the daughter of a former Vice President, now in full retirement at his family residence and orchard. The only political arena he still dabbles in is hosting world leaders at his residence for productive and peaceful discussions
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Joe Valenti
WKK continues to get better and better. I really enjoy the Cork O'Connor series, but have seriously enjoyed the stand-alone novels. Ordinary Grace was on my list of top ten books of 2013 and Devil's bed will surely be on my top ten list for this year. As the first half of the book came to a close, I thought to myself, "this is terrible - totally predictable." But the second half opened a can of worms that I did not see coming. The main character, Bo Thorson, was excellent and the plot line was o ...more
Whitley Birks
The writing was simplistic and passive, the story was really two stories with a lagging section in the middle that barely connected it, and the more interesting half (the second half) got barely enough page time to count. They spent more time blathering on about Moses and his oh-so-dark-and-twisted life than they did about the actual political intrigue that I was interested in to begin with. Yeah, I'm sure all that was terrible for him, but...I'm a reader, and I've seen it all before. Give me so ...more
Janet
There comes a moment that clearly divides the past from the future. Mr. Krueger gives amply time to clarify each scene through short, neat narrations and dialogue. He presents each situation that leads up to a climax. The Federal Governments bureaucracy becomes the monster. The most powerful device in the world is information. However, someone, who knows the right thing, can leverage that information to move the world. He shows ideals and reality of the global world as being a world apart. He of ...more
Virginia
This was not the book that I expected. It was more like a Vince Flynn novel than a Kent Krueger. That said, it is well-written and well-plotted.
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LJ
The Devil's Bed - VG+
Krueger, William Kent - Standalone
Locked in a tight battle for re-election, President Clay Dixon knows his best chance for victory is the popularity of his wife, Katie. But the disenchanted First Lady is about to desert him. When an orchard accident seriously injures Kate's father, a retired senator and former vice-president, she returns to the family farm in Minnesota to be at his side. Assigned to protect her, Secret Service agent Bo Thorsen soon falls under Kate's spell.
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Randy Evans
A stand-alone political thriller worth taking the time to read. Secret Service agent Bo Thorsen has his hands full trying to protect the First Lady from a escaped mental patient with a childhood grudge while at the same time a government agency is bent on killing her before she can leave her husband and ruins his chance of re-election. The characters are great and the story moves very fast. A lot here to enjoy.
Jill
This is what looks like a stand alone novel, not in the series I am working on. At first I found it hard to "get into" but then I got to the point where I didn't want to put it down. Like the other books I have read by the author, this takes place in Minnesota. That is one of the things that kept me wanting to finish it.
Kathryn
Though this author has been writing for many years, his name was not familiar to me and I looked him up after reading about his latest book in an e-newsletter I get. His locales are in the Minnesota area and part of Canada, which I am semi-familiar with. I chose to begin with this stand-alone book from the library, and though it took a chapter or so to get into it, it held my attention all the way. I describe it as 'trying to remember to breathe' as it goes along. I enjoyed the thriller style an ...more
Pam Mitchell
Since "An Ordinary Grace" was the first Krueger book I read, I hold this writer to a higher standard than I might other writers of somewhat formalistic suspense or mystery novels. It was an interesting story, but not a great book. He uses in it many of the same devices he uses in each O'Connor mystery.
Joe
This is a free standing mystery by William Kent Krueger, who I have been reading his Cork O'Connor series. Since I was waiting for the next in the series to arrive here, I tried this one.
Started out STRONG..then had some fascinating twists and turns. Half way thru, I thought...wait a second, you killed off the "bad guy" or did you? haha Then it was like another story started but not really, if that makes sense. Same characters, the President and the First Lady, and the Secret Service all layered
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Karen Sharboo
WOW

Always feels like losing a friend when finishing a William Kent Krueger book. I'm glad I found him after he had authored several books so I can keep on going. Ordinary Grace was my first one and I was hooked. This author is a true artist with words.
Becky
THE DEVIL’S BED by William Kent Krueger
I became acquainted with W K Krueger’s writing with ORDINARY GRACE. This book (a stand alone, not part of his Cork O’Connor series) is VERY different. From the first page to the last, this is a hard charging, atmospheric, political assassination, psychological thriller. Krueger is a good writer who is able to keep his characters and plot clear throughout numerous twists and turns. The politics are familiar to any reader of the newspaper, but Krueger manages
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Magic Mary Austin
I love this author and all of his books. This one won't be one of my favorites, but it is well written and engaging. This character just did not interest me as much as characters in his other novel.
SharonB






This was one of his better books I thought, and it was quite a departure from his usual things in cork o' Corcoran novels. Some graphically violent parts which I do not enjoy or read.
Patricia Strot
Wow, what a great ride in this thriller mystery adventure with dark secrets, espionage, politics, love - just a great story! Bo Thorsen is a Secret Service guy extrordinaire who takes us on that ride with a little help from William Kent Krueger. Highly recommend this book!
Karen Grass
I read this because I enjoyed Ordinary Grace by the same author and have been reading his Cork 0"Connor series. Great mystery along the lines of Baldacci's books.
Kathryn
I read this because I intend to read all of Krueger's books. I love the village of Aurora that he has created in the north woods of Minnesota, among the Anishanabe people, where his Cork O'Connor mysteries are based, and very much enjoy his writing. But this book is not a Cork O'Connor mystery, and I'm glad I was warned of that before I read it or I would have been disappointed. As always, I like his interesting characters. As always I enjoyed his writing. It was an interesting story and kept my ...more
Diana Senn
Dec 19, 2013 Diana Senn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone liking a good mystery
Shelves: mystery
Again Krueger is on the mark, a very goodread. Bo Thorsen is a SEcret agent assigned to the First Lady after her father-in-law is hurt under mysterious situation. He finds that teamwork is not one of the secret services, services. He finds himself falling for the first lady, which adds to the conflicts with trying to keep her safe with a crazy man trying ti kill her.
The has intrigue, suspense, surprises, and a lot of four thought to solve the problem.
The story is based in a orchard estate and s
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Calli
As a huge fan of Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, I was a little disappointed in The Devil's Bed. Maybe it was not having the characters I've gotten so wrapped up in, but I had a hard time getting into this book. That said, there were some parts that I thoroughly enjoyed. I usually like reading the backstories that compel characters to become who they are, so reading about the evils in Moses' past made him a villian you just love to hate. Bo, on the other hand, makes a good hero who, in Cork O'Co ...more
Nancy
An okay non-Cork O'Connor mystery from some time back. Reminded me of a David Baldacci novel, but set in the Stillwater area.
Sandy Entringer
Not a Cork O'Connor book.... mystery involving a secret service agent who is assigned the first lady.
Pat
A departure from Kreuger's Cork Corcoran series...a stand-alone mystery featuring a Secret Service agent, political and family intrigue; a good read.
Jmrathbone
This novel is a convoluted mess of political intrigue; conspiracy theorem; and unrequited love. Bo, the Secret Service Agent, falls in love the First Lady. The First Lady doesn’t seem too happy with the President. There is an attempt on the First Lady’s father, who had been a senator and also a Vice President of the US. He isn’t too thrilled with the President either. For that matter, the President’s father, a sitting senator is more a protagonist to his son than a loving father. Then there is N ...more
Dan
This was the last book of Krueger's that I read, as I wanted to get thru the O'Connor series first. This was a major departure from the nature of that series, but I absolutely loved it. Gone are the Native American spiritual backgrounds and religious references found in the O'Connor series and Ordinary Grace, (which I really found interesting and enjoyed about those books), and in is what I think is a great political thriller. I would recommend this to anyone that has read anything by Krueger be ...more
S Mcneely
This book is radically different from Krueger's Cork O'Conner books, in both character development and setting. While it focuses on political figures, the author does not seem to have the same "connectedness" with this setting and atmosphere as he does with the northern Minnesota venue. It's a good read for a mystery/thriller, and the plot twists are generally good, even if somewhat predictable. What is missing is the subtle yet deep character development that is present in many of his other nov ...more
Casey
Good beach read, but the plot was a little too "Scandal"-esque for me.
Mary Jo
Not much of a thriller reader but enjoyed this one.
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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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