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Lightning Strike

(Cork O'Connor #0)

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The author of the instant New York Times bestseller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his bestselling Cork O’Connor series—a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering tensions in a small Minnesota town, and young Cork’s coming of age in the summer of 1963.

Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota’s Iron Lake.
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 24th 2021 by Atria Books
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Sandie Herron Lightning Strike would be a great place to start reading the Cork O'Connor books. It is billed as book #0, so it's really the very beginning. It's a c…moreLightning Strike would be a great place to start reading the Cork O'Connor books. It is billed as book #0, so it's really the very beginning. It's a coming-of-age story for Cork, and it's excellent. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.(less)
Sandie Herron There is a touch of mysticism, yes, but it's not overwhelming. This is a wonderful story of Cork at 12 years of age dealing with the death of an India…moreThere is a touch of mysticism, yes, but it's not overwhelming. This is a wonderful story of Cork at 12 years of age dealing with the death of an Indian that appears to be suicide but may not be. It's up to him and his father, the sheriff, to investigate. Absolutely recommended.(less)

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MarilynW
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lightning Strike (Cork O'Connor #0) by William Kent Krueger

Having read and greatly enjoyed Krueger's two stand alone novels, Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land, I knew I wanted to tackle his long running Cork O'Connor series. Now Krueger has written a prequel to the entire series which gives me a great opportunity to jump in before it all began. Lightning Strike takes place at a very pivotal time in Cork's life, the summer before he turns thirteen. 

It's 1963 and Liam O’Connor, Cork's father, is
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
BOYS GREW UP A LITTLE FASTER IN 1963, ESPECIALLY IN SMALL TOWN MINNESOTA!

This is the summer that Cork O’Connor turns 13 and while this is a coming of age novel it is so much more.

There is a tangled mystery to unravel which causes strained tensions between some of the white men in town and the Ojibwa Indians. Cork’s mother is half Ojibwa and half Irish. His father is Liam O’Connor, town sheriff, Irish and relatively new in town. He left his old life as a police officer in Chicago hoping for a bet
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Diane S ☔
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is part of a long running series, this newest book takes us back to the beginning. It is 1963 in Aurora, MN, Iron Lake and we are introduced to a young fourteen year old Cork. His father Liam is Sheriff, his mother part Objibwe, so Cork is a part of both worlds. We meet a younger Henry Meloux, a Midi, who will help form the man he becomes and Sam Winter Moon, who will help him find the way between two cultures. We learn of the mistreatment if the Indian and its long range effects. ...more
Ken Fredette
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I feel after reading this whole book, it's the best that William has written ever. I know that it was written about Cork's life as a boy, which was something unusual since he was the sheriff in his later books. But it really hit home, since I'm from Northern Minnesota and had similar things happen in my life. I spent many nights under the stars in the Boundary Waters, took my wife there on our second honeymoon (I was overseas for a year). I would suggest you read this book, even if you haven't r ...more
Faith Ann
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is going to surpass This Tender Land in popularity. There are not many books I will give top ratings to but I literally enjoyed the story so much I lost sleep to finish it. The best book I’ve read this year!
Joyce
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little history, a little mystery and much respect throughout this wonderfully written story.
Very interesting character and plot development. Could not put this book down until all was resolved. An excellent good read.
Claudia Silk
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of William Kent Krueger's stand-alone books This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace. I think he is an excellent writer and I knew he had the Cork O'Connor mystery series but it seemed overwhelming to me to go back to the beginning of the series. Well Krueger has written a prequel and I am hooked so I need to clear a lot of time in my reading schedule! ...more
Linda
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing read with insights into the characters you have never read before. A journey into the past where Cork O'Connor is introduced as a young child, and his sheriff-father, Liam, takes center stage when Cork and his friend discover a body of a good man at a place spiritually important to the tribe.

Besides the exceptional mystery, this narrative explores the undeniable tensions between the native population and the whites as Liam walks a very narrow line between appeasing everyone in
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Dianna Rostad
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lightning Strike delivered some serious thunder! I’ve just closed the book and feeling all the devastation of the ending, but understanding the man Cork will become.

This book has so many wonderful parts to it, a summer sun on your shoulders coming of age story, the gritty, disappointing underbelly of adulthood, and a heinous crime that needs unraveling and threatens to tear the small town of Aurora apart. And this is where the kindness and unjaded eyes of children come in, and Cork begins to gro
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Sandie Herron
William Kent Krueger brings us back to the summer of 1963 when his beloved series character Cork O’Connor was 12 years old. This prequel delves into the relationship Cork has with his father Liam O’Connor along with the other major players in his life including his schoolteacher mom Colleen, his full-blood Ojibwe grandmother Dilsey, Liam’s Ojibwe friend Sam Winter Moon, and the population of Aurora, Minnesota.

The action opens when young Cork and his friend hike to a spot known as Lightning Strik
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Linda
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read all of William Kent Krueger’s books, and this is far and away my favorite. The book takes us back to the beginning, when Cork is 12 years old and his father, Liam O’Connor, is the sheriff of Tamarack County. Since the book hasn’t been released yet, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone; but I guarantee you won’t be sorry you read this one.
Barbara Burd
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not familiar with the Cork O'Connor series, but after reading Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land, I was interested in reading other books by Krueger. While this is the most recent book, it is a prequel to the series and takes place when Cork is a Young boy who, together with his two best friends, discover the body of a local Native American, Big John, hanging from a tree in a place held sacred by the local Native Americans. While it is initially thought to be a suicide, Cork and his fathe ...more
Nancy McFarlane
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the Cork O’Connor series before reading and loving Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land, I couldn’t wait to see the story of the young Cork and what helped him to become the man he has become. As much as I loved the other two coming of age books, I think I liked this one even more as I already knew Cork O’Connor and now, I can begin to understand who he really is and why he acts the way he does. This is a beautiful tribute to Cork’s father and a stunning tale of how hard a job Liam O’ ...more
Sandie Herron
William Kent Krueger brings us back to the summer of 1963 when his beloved series character Cork O’Connor was 12 years old. This prequel delves into the relationship Cork has with his father Liam O’Connor along with the other major players in his life including his schoolteacher mom Colleen, his full-blood Ojibwe grandmother Dilsey, Liam’s Ojibwe friend Sam Winter Moon, and the population of Aurora, Minnesota.

The action opens when young Cork and his friend hike to a spot known as Lightning Strik
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Sue
Lightning Strike is the prequel to the Cork O'Connor series. I haven't read that series (yet!) so I had no preconceived notions about the characters, the setting, or the story. The year is 1963, and Cork is a twelve year-old boy with a paper route and a dad who is sheriff. Cork is three-fourths Irish and one-fourth Ojibwe (Native American).

This was a terrific read. The novel is a coming-of-age, a story about a father and son, a mystery, and a look at racism without being preachy. Cork's father,
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Denice Barker
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like reading prequels especially when, in your own time, you come to wonder about what came before.

Lightning Strike is a Cork O'Connor story that takes us back to his adolescent years when Cork's father is tasked with finding the reason Big John Manydeeds is found hanging from a tree at Lightning Strike, a sacred place to the Ojibwe on Iron Lake. People who want to dismiss any death of a Native American say it was suicide but it just doesn't make sense to the people who know him both on and of
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Jean
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Despite doing my darnedest to read this novel slowly, I finished it in four days. So sad I’m done!
All fans of William Kent Krueger and his protagonist Cork O’Connor will LOVE this novel. It is a prequel to the series. Sadly, when I looked to see how many pages this novel is, I saw a sentence that revealed something crucial. I wish the author had not ended the novel as he did. In my humble opinion, he could have written another novel before reaching the conclusion of this novel.
This novel intro
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Lynn
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this prequel to the Cork O'Connor series, this wonderful author introduces us to Cork as a boy. A very inquisitive boy whose father, Liam, is the local sheriff. When Big John Manydeeds is found hanging from a maple tree, young Cork and his friends embark on a mission to find out what happened to him. They knew him and just cannot believe that he killed himself. They consult Henry Meloux, a Mide [healer] and Ojibwe wise man, who tells them to follow a trail of crumbs [clues] to the answer.

The
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Shirley Freeman
William Kent Krueger knows how to tell a story - in this case, the origin story of Sheriff Cork O'Connor. Twelve year old Cork and his friend come across the body of a local, and beloved, Ojibwe man hanging from a tree. Evidence points to suicide and Cork's dad, Sheriff Liam O'Connor, initially believes it to be. The Ojibwe people feel sure it was not. Liam is trying to follow the evidence, all while under pressure from the powers that be (white) and his mother-in-law (Ojibwe). Cork is observing ...more
Mary Ellen Anaka
I had just recently read This Tender Land, by the same author, and really enjoyed it. So when I saw this on Netgalley, I decided to request it. I'm so glad that I did. Lightening Strike is a prequel to a series, which now I plan on reading. William Kent Krueger is a brilliant story teller. His characters come alive as you read. I'm actually glad that I read the back story to the character, Cork O'Connor and his relationship to his father, mother and other members of his family and friends. His b ...more
Jg
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I loved Ordinary Grace and Tender Land I’d never read any of the Cork O’Connor series. Lightning Strike is a prequel and takes place when Cork is a boy and his father Liam is sheriff. Cork and his pal come across the dead body of a man he admires in a sacred place. His dad and others immediately assume it’s suicide but on closer inspection that may not be the case.
This is another piece of incredible writing by Krueger and he is now one of my top five favorite writers. I didn’t need to rea
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David V.
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 5-8-21. Finished 5-10-21. Mr. Krueger is an excellent storyteller. This was the first book of his that I've read---a good choice since it's the prequel to his other stories about Cork O'Connor. Interesting plot combining descriptions of present-day residents of this part of Minnesota along with the culture and traditions of the Ojibwe members of the community, and the conflicts which result. The relationship between Cork and his Sheriff father is be ...more
Bonnie
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I've enjoyed this author's two books, Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land and didn't know about the O'Connor series until I received an ARC of this prequel. I enjoyed getting to know Cork and his father. I enjoyed reading about the people in this small town and about Cork's father trying to solve the town's murder with a little help from curious Cork and his friends. Krueger is a great storyteller, and I was engrossed from start to finish. I now want to read all the other books in this series. ...more
Nancy
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always William Kent Krueger's book was hard to put down. This is a look into Cork O'Connor's past...a prequel. It brought new characters into his story that added to his back story and enriched my understanding of his life as shown in previous books. This is a great book for readers that are already fans of Cork O'Connor and a good beginning for those that have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of the books written with him in them. ...more
Patricia Sanders
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is the prequel to William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. It starts when Cork is twelve years old and ends when he is almost fourteen. Cork's childhood experiences help the reader better understand the adult Cork character in the existing series. Readers of This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace will love this title as well. ...more
Ruth
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really good novel. Enjoyed the fictionalized interaction of the two cultures and especially learning more about First Nation people. The story seemed quite real.
Lynne
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review to come 😊
KarnagesMistress
Jun 04, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. It is an advance reader's edition. ...more
Rebecca
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
For fans of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, this is a must read. We learn of O’Connor’s past and his “origin story”. Just as engaging as his other books building a visceral narrative in Northern Minnesota.
Cam Kovach
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cork O'Connor is a 12-year-old boy in a small town in Minnesota who stumbles upon a dead man. His father, Liam, is the sheriff who needs to determine whether death was self-inflicted or foul play. The town and a Native American reservation reside in uneasy juxtaposition to one another. Liam doesn't have the trust of the indigenous community, and takes two steps forward and one back as he proceeds to investigate the situation. The situation is complicated by the Native American heritage of Cork's ...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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