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Copper River (Cork O'Connor #6)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,077 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
Two-time Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has "moved to the head of the crime fiction class" (Chicago Sun-Times) with his gripping series featuring Sheriff Cork O'Connor. In Copper River, Cork is running for his life -- and straight into a murderous conspiracy involving teenage runaways.

Desperately avoiding the clutches of professional hit men who have
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Atria Books (first published August 22nd 2006)
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Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dang! This is book #6 of the phenomenal Cork O’Connor series. I have already awarded books 1-5 five stars each. It is super frustrating not to have more stars to give this one! What a richly entertaining read this is.

Mr. Krueger moves Cork out of northern Minnesota in this tale. Cork is on the run and ends up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are introduced to an array of new characters, all UPers (aka Yoopers). I drove through the UP once upon a time. It struck me as being a whole differen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Out of the six books I have read so far in the series this is the one I like the least and I am trying to work out why!
Maybe it was because Cork is physically out of action for most of the time and I am accustomed to him taking a much bigger role in the story.
It could be because I did not like Dina very much at all and she plays a huge role in this book.
Perhaps it was because I found the whole idea that Cork would go hide in the woods and totally cease contact with his family ridiculous.
On the
Cork O'Connor is on the run after Lou Jacoby placed a $500,000 bounty on his head because he believes he killed his son, Ben. An injured Cork lands in Bodine, Michigan where his estranged and widowed cousin, Jewell DuBois lives with her son, Ren. He arrives just in time to assist (from the sidelines) with a murder involving Ren's best friend, Charlene (Charlie).

I really liked this story but not because of the parts relating to Cork's situation, which missed the mark in my opinion. The case invo
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all the Cork O'Connor books I've read. My library doesn't carry this series, so I've been picking them up second hand. This means I tend to read them out of order. Despite getting a tad confused about where I am in O'Connor's life, I always find the books uniformly good.
In this book, Cork is away from Aurora and on the run from a bounty on his head. He takes shelter with his cousin and her son. Dina, an ex-FBI agent who first appears in book five, arrives to help him. She is a st
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cork O'Connor shares the stage with some new characters in this book, the sixth in the series. I hope we see some of them in future books. His family was on the back burner, and there is an issue I hope Krueger addresses in a future book as well. I like the relationships in this book and how they change over the course of time. The various threads were woven together and tied off nicely at the end. Unlike some others I've read, this series continues to be very good!
Brent Soderstrum
This is the 6th installment in the Cork O'Conner series

Throughout the book I was looking for a reason not to give it five stars. To me a five star book is a special book. Yet when I got done with the book I felt I would only give it a four because I was being stubborn. Is it the best Cork O'Conner book I have read yet? No but I have come to realize I really enjoy Krueger's books. This has twists and brings out a bounty of emotions in the reader. Dread, anticipation, revulsion, guilt, sentimental
Jill Manske
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Kent Krueger has a way with words, with an ability to create monstrous villains while at the same time portraying love and tenderness between the main characters. Although sheriff Cork O'Connor is written as tough with terrific detecting skills, he also has a warm side when it comes to his wife and kids. He's also compassionate with the families of victims, demonstrating that even nice guys can be great cops. In "Copper River", Krueger explores the horrifying world of sexual abuse of run ...more
Lisa Hall
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Running from the hitmen sent after him by an angry and confused father, Cork takes a bullet in the leg. Unable to go to a hospital, he falls back on family in the form of a cousin, Jewell Dubois, who just happens to be a veterinarian. Holed up at her wilderness resort, he hopes to lay low while the police prove that he wasn't the one who killed Lou Jakobi's son.

But this is Cork O'Connor we're talking about. Ren, Jewell's son, is with a couple of friends when one of them sees a body floating down
William Kent Krueger's Cork O'OConnor series comprise a series of stories set in Aurora Minnesota, an area of the country of which I'm blatantly ignorant. Frankly, in reading the reviews of this setting I managed to barely stifle a yawn. Small town mysteries set in a frozen wasteland? With boring backgrounds that involve Indian supernatural folklore - I don't stomach mysteries that resort to such subterfuge, avoid beyond this world explanations when the genre is detective/mystery, decry irration ...more
Warning: Child abuse and murder in first chapter. This can be skipped.

4-Stars, minus 1 star for a truly clumsy and ham-fisted ending.

Ren and Charlie are lovely characters. A very nice presentation of kids their age.

The Anatomy of a Muder (1959) with Jimmy Stewart is mentioned several times as being filmed in this area. Directed by Otto Preminger with music by Duke Ellington.

When Krueger is good, he's very good....
You live in a place your whole life. You know it. It’s as familiar as the mole o
Copper River is the sixth book in a series featuring Cork O'Connor, sheriff of Tamarack County, Wisconsin. Following events that happened in the prior book, Mercy Falls, we find Cork hiding out at a cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There's a contract out on him and he's suffering a terrible gunshot wound. Fortunately, his cousin, Jewell, is the local veterinarian and can help patch him up. She and her teenage son, Ren, don't know why he's being pursued, but they know they need to help him. A ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it back-to-back with "Mercy Falls"--and now am going to cleanse the palate by reading, oh I don't know, someone else. Even the very best series volumes improve when there's a short break between reading successive books.

It seemed to me that Krueger was looking to move protagonist Cork into a different location, giving Aurora and the family a rest, while finishing the Mercy Falls plotline. The new setting and plotting were cool--5 stars for a different kind of character with Jewell DuBois an
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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After my less than glowing review of Mercy Falls by WKK (book #5), and a need to be ‘reading’ something on my drive to and from work, I sucked it up and started Copper River (book #6) simply because I had it loaded on the iPod.

Book 6 at least, did not incite me to throw my iPod across the car in disgust. This is not to say I didn’t roll my eyes in disbelief more than once, or mutter the occasional “You’ve got to be kidding me…” .

We have a widow in mourning. A young boy and his close friend who
This isn't a review. I'm too partial to Krueger stand alone to be non-biased? Regardless, this one is just ok. And frankly, although I know I am probably in minority- it doesn't do justice to the U.P. of Michigan. It's better!

The best part of this did not have much to do with Cork at all. Somehow I just do not connect to him. But the Ren/cougar scenario stalk was 4 star and superior by far to the mystery/cop plot, IMHO.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's high time I caught up on writing reviews. I've been just recouping from surgery and reading. Now I need to pay the price. I was anxious to read Copper River soon after I finished Mercy Falls by Krueger as it is a closely tied sequel. It takes awhile to connect Cork to his new location and the characters who make up the story of this book, but there is still the relation to Cork's Native American heritage. Even though Cork is miles away, his enemy seeks him out, and there are harrowing event ...more
Ellen Thielen
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new setting in this book...Michigan... where Cork seeks help from his cousin the veterinarian, to patch a bullet wound. Love the teenage characters in this one. The cougar sightings no one quite believes are also familiar...
D.B. Woodling
2.75 Stars

Out of respect for the writer, I no longer review books I can't (honestly) rate ✭ ✭ ✭ or higher.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This outing is a continuation (not really a sequel) to Cork O'Connor #5, Mercy Falls. I was so outraged and disgusted after purchasing and reading Mercy Falls, only to find it had no ending, that I very nearly didn't even purchase this one. I reached out to other Goodreads reviewers, and was told not to worry because each of the rest of the series has an actual ending where the plot is satisfactorily resolved. So I jumped in. Krueger certainly can write suspense, no argument there! And I continu ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm so glad I read this one after Mercy Falls. I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed Cork having more of a back seat in this murder investigation compared to previous books. Though, I still prefer it when Cork is in the centre of the action. Again the atmospheric writing is outstanding.

This is one contemporary mystery series which is hard to put down.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed, again. Had to read it to conclude the previous one.
Lisa B.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This series just keeps getting better and better.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was his best yet!
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Krueger. This is the wrap up from Mercy Falls and where that left Cork was running North to get away from a contract put on his head by a crime lord out of Chicago who was fed bad information leaving him with the belief that Cork had killed one of his sons who was in Minnesota trying to negotiate a deal between a casino and the indian reservation. While on his way North Cork is severely wounded by gunshot in his leg, he heads to a relatives cabin in North West Michigan. ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a continuation of the story begun in the previous book, Mercy Falls. I guess you could read this without reading Mercy Falls, but it helps to understand the why of Cork O'Conner's current situation. Cork, a sheriff from Minnesota, is wounded and on the run from a contract put on his head for what happened in Mercy Falls. He is fleeing for his life and to keep his family safe. He runs to Wisconsin to an estranged cousin for refuge. He becomes involved in a murder there as he reconnects wi ...more
I feel like a broken record but I continue to love the Corc O'Connor series. They are just so restful which is an odd thing to say about a mystery/thriller I know. I just contine to be absorbed by WKK's writing and love watching Corc do his thing. This one wraps up the mystery that started in Mercy Falls.
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This I had to read immediately after Mercy Falls. This is an enthralling series. In this episode Cork is in hiding and wounded. In a clever series of events, the author brings Cork and Dina together again to solve a series of crimes in a small town in Michigan. A real page turner, I was finished before I realized it.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4,2 stars. As always, William Kent Kruger has written a suspenseful mystery, full of interesting characters. Story line is intense and sometimes horrific (see Goodreads review). Cork O'Connor survives several attempts on his life by hit men hired to kill him. An old enemy is hopefully overcome, but will he arise again in another book? A good read.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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Much like the first book, I found that this one moved slower and I just could not get into properly. This was a fair book, but I find I expect more from William Kent Krueger and Cork.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book finished off the story that left the reader hanging in the previous book. Glad it ended on a positive note and the characters can move on.
Phil Griffin
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just the kind of book I need during the legislative session....a good mystery with fun characters and good vs. evil, although in this case it is very evil.
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