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The Devil's Bed

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,435 Ratings  ·  139 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 falls under
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Pocket Star (first published February 4th 2003)
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Dolly He's one of my two favorite mystery writers, Louise Penny being my favorite. For Krueger, start with one of his earliest books in the Cork O'Connor…moreHe's one of my two favorite mystery writers, Louise Penny being my favorite. For Krueger, start with one of his earliest books in the Cork O'Connor series, like Boundary Waters (#2) or Blood Hollow (#4), my favorite.(less)
Kresti Lyddon It's a stand alone - not a Cork O'Conner story

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Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Bed is one of William Kent Krueger’s early books, published in 2003, when he had published only three of his more famous Cork O’Connor series novels. This political thriller is a standalone featuring a Secret Service agent, Bo Thorsen, who is initially assigned to protecting the First Lady when she returns to her family home near St. Paul, Minnesota, after her father is seriously injured in a tractor accident.

As I got further and further into the story, I found myself wondering why K
Una Tiers
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Whitley Birks
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Amy Hammond-Hagberg
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I very rarely read more than one novel by a particular author, but William Kent Krueger is an exception. He is a go-to author when I want something light to read. This book really kept my attention, in large part because it was set in the Twin Cities. The ending was predictable, but the journey was still fun.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
William Kent Krueger is an amazing story teller, that gives us believable deep rich characters that we can easily relate to. I guess I had no way of knowing, but I was saving one of his best for my final read that he had penned. Now to date I have read all of his amazing books and will have to wait patiently for each new one to be published. This book "The Devil's Bed" is one of two of his stand alone books, along with "Ordinary Grace", after reading both I wish he would do more of this. Still h ...more
LInda L
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thought this was another Cork O'Connor book -- NO. It was a stand-alone mystery, and it was WONDERFUL. Did not think I would like it as well, but I loved it. Involved politics, CIA, FBI, and Secret Service. And a terrible organization with some terrible people involved in it. And a lot about a President running for reelection, troubles with his wife, who is a really good person, and his father, who is a former vice president and a really bad person. Loved the fact that the agent who was the focu ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great book by William Kent Krueger. This book is a stand-alone, not connected with the Cork O'Connor series, altho it is partly set in Minnesota, mainly the St. Paul area, and also in D.C. It's a political thriller and the main character is a secret service agent. It has some interesting and different psychological insights, showing characters that had terrible childhoods and how they dealt with it. All in all a very good read, and I'm wondering if this is the start of another series.
Jill Manske
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I've read a lot of William Kent Krueger's books and liked them very much, which made reading this one a bit of a disappointment. Guess I expected more. The plot was convoluted and muddy. And the characters, with the exception of Bo, were a bit one-dimensional. It was an interesting story, but one that really stretched credibility. Suspect those inclined to see conspiracy theories everywhere will disagree. I still gave it 3 stars because Krueger is an excellent writer. But this book falls short i ...more
Joe Valenti
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, fiction
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
Karen Sharboo
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I usually enjoy Krueger's work but I found this story a bit too pat and full of Hollywood plastic . I like the Minnesota atmosphere and the nuanced local characters of his other books. This book read more like a movie script to me. The characters are flat and predictable for my taste.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Well below the high standard set by Krueger's other books.
Mike Kennedy
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was not up to par with the Cork O'Conner series that Krueger is famous for. It was ok. The book is split between The Twin Cities and Washington DC. The president is up for reelection while the First Lady rushes back to Minnesota to look after her dad, a former VP, after an alleged fall. A lot of the plot lines were predictable. The book was kind of broken into two stories, but they were not tied together all that well. The second half was more interesting than the first half. Overall i ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this very disappointing. I really liked the early Cork O'Connor books and hoped that this, being a stand-alone, might recapture some of the freshness and appeal of those books. Nope.

Far-fetched plot & flat characters. The author knew lots of facts about his characters, but there was no emotional depth or connection except between Bo & Otter.

William McLoughlin
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This early stand-alone thriller is somewhat different from the author’s standard fare. At first, I wasn’t sure he would be able to carry it off. The first 1/3 was slow; but the second third got up-to-speed; and the last was turbo-charged. Lots of characters to keep track of. Character development was not quite as good as his Corcoran series.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, detective
This is not one of the Cork O'Connor series which are highly recommended. It is a stand alone mystery about a secret service agent guarding the First Lady from a killer. It is a fine read; but not of the caliber of the O'Connor series.
Carol Novrit
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sheri Jackson
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intense book - very different from the Cork O'Connor series.
Mary Jo Olson
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost like what is happening in Washington now days.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great mystery to listen to while on a long drive!!
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the Cork O'Connor series, but I would love it if Mr. Krueger would write a series featuring Bo Thorsen.
Mary Skoien
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, good mystery. I find this author consistently entertaining. Love that it takes place in the Twin Cities (where I lived formerly) and familiar places are cited.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm 4 books in to Krueger's series now and the formula seems to be pretty well set in stone. Nonetheless, the stories are engaging and entertaining. Good escapist fun.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was even better than most of the Cork O'Conner books. Hope we see more of Bo!!!
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I prefer the Cork O'Connor series, but enjoyed this story and its characters.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite Wm Kent Kreuger, but still a page turner.
Narrator: Jay Snyder

The Cork O'Connor books have been a hit or miss with me and the last few installments have been the latter. So I was excited to try this action/political thriller as it's one of my fav genres. I was rather bemused as it was more like a romantic suspense aimed at the romance-loving reader base than the dicklit I was expecting because a fair bit of time was given to Bo's infatuation with his protectee, the First Lady and it was clear she had
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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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