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Heaven's Keep (Cork O'Connor #9)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  2,600 ratings  ·  263 reviews
Intrepid hero Cork O’Connor faces the most harrowing mission of his life when a charter plane carrying his wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies.

Months after the tragedy, two women show up on Cork’s doorstep with evidence that the pilot of Jo’s plane was not the man he claimed to be. It may not be definitive proof, but it’s a ray of light in the d
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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My heart went goes out to Cork O’Conner in this tragic tale, but this one disappointed me in a couple of ways. His wife Jo disappears with a charter plane with some Indian leaders in a snowstorm in Wyoming, and Cork, a PI and ex-sheriff in rural Minnesota, is compelled to help find the wreckage and understand what happened. The main problem for me is that it takes about half the book to pin down that there are bad guys, and we are tormented too long for my taste by the emotional wrenching of his ...more
What a powerful book! Right from the beginning, with a gut-wrenching prologue, Krueger took me on an emotional journey to Wyoming, where massive snow storms are covering a desolate, bleak land, and questions arise with no easy answers. I was glad to see Stephen's maturity and hope to learn more of his time with Henry Meloux. I'm also glad Cork had a partner and friend in Hugh Parmer. If you're reading this series in order, this book will shock and astound you. I can hardly wait to read the next ...more
David Tindell
I first saw Krueger's novels on the shelves of a local store. Small-town northern Minnesota sheriff/PI, I read. Well, how interesting could that be? I live near a small northern Wisconsin town, and while it's a very nice place, not much of interest to the outside world happens here (which is fine with us). But in early August I picked up the first volume in the Cork O'Connor series, "Iron Lake", for my wife, who enjoys mysteries. I picked it up after her, just for something to read. I was hooke ...more
Linda Branich
Krueger hits another one out of the ball park with Heaven's Keep--all the way to Wyoming, and at the end, even further. Cork O'Connor's wife's plane disappears from the radar screen somewhere over Wyoming, when it is
en route to a Seattle conference, carrying not only attorney Jo, but also several other prominent Native Americans. One plot twist after another keeps the reader guessing about motive, method, and reason behind the plane's disappearance.

Although Krueger takes Cork and his son, Steve
Eileen Goudge
This was a tough one. Emotionally, I mean. At risk of being a spoiler, I won't say more except that it involves Cork O'Connor's wife and a plane that's gone missing. How he unravels the mystery is what we, the reader, have come to expect from master of the genre, Krueger. Taut storytelling with enough twists and turns to keep it from being predictable. It packs a punch on the feeling level as well. How it's resolved has a nice complexity that carries the suspense from Page One to the final page. ...more
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
Kenyon Harbison
This is my first experience with this author. I was not blown away, but I would read another in the Cork O'Connor series. The basic premise is that a plane disappears in the Wyoming wilderness, carrying lots of tribal elders, and Cork O'Connor's wife. At first everyone including him believes it disappeared in a storm, but then a woman comes to him with a story that the pilot (who everyone had believed drunk the night before) was not actually her husband, and once Cork O'Connor realizes she may b ...more
This series is so good that I just want to keep devouring these books. I felt so sorry for Cork and his family when Jo went missing. All I know is that I have to start reading the next book very soon in order to see what's going to happen next. No spoilers from me - you must pick up these books and read them for yourself. You will not be disappointed!
I really liked this book. One of the best so far. I am reading these books back to back and really enjoy reading a series this way. I don't want to give away anything, so I'll just say I really liked the way this book ended.
Sue Radley
I have read William Kent Krueger's books and this one was as amazing and on the "edge" as his other books. This book delves deep into Cork O'Connor's love for his wife and his search to find her. It portrays his emotions - as if on a roller coaster. Trying to accept life at its best and worst and the acceptance of life as it is handed to you. I stayed up late last night just to finish the book because it had me wrapped in suspense. I was so bound up in this book that I cried at the end. I do rec ...more
Glad to finally get this one read. I knew it was coming but somehow I still had hope.... The books are well plotted and consistently well written. Cork continues to grow and change. I love listening to this series on the way to and from work. On to the next one.
Ellen Keim
The first half of the book is slow but it picks up considerably in the second half, which takes place six months later. I just wish more of the tension and suspense could have been injected into the story earlier. Even so, I suggest sticking with it because the second half redeems the novel.

As always, I enjoyed the look at the lives of Native Americans/Indians, especially those who live on reservations. Cork is only one-quarter Ojibwe and is looked on with suspicion by full-blooded Indians. He
2.5* A book worth reading, but as a longtime Kruger reader and fan, I feel cheated by this book. I was disappointed in the way that this plot unfolded and in the handling of opportunities for character development. I understand that part of the "contract" between authors and readers is that we readers have to give authors some leeway to shape things in a certain perhaps less-than-realistic way or accept that authors may present characters doing somewhat outlandish things as though they were comm ...more
Brent Soderstrum
This is Krueger's 9th installment of the Cork O'Conner series.

I really enjoy Krueger's stories and this is a good one...just not a great one. My wife has read all of his books and this is her favorite of the series so we all have different things we enjoy.

This story starts with Jo, Cork's wife, being one of the missing passengers on a private plane that is lost in a snow storm in Wyoming. There is talk that the pilot of the plane was drinking heavily the night before and still reeked of alcohol
Al Stoess
Sep 23, 2011 Al Stoess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Most everyone
Not as good as some of others. Never thought he would kill off the hero's wife.

Second reading. Thought more highly of it. One of his better books. Still didn't think he would kill off the hero's wife. Although the ending about her care, death, and interim resting place was well thought out.
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I really enjoy The o'conner series. this is good stuff
This is book #9 of a PI series set in Minnesota. The plane carrying Cork O'Connor's wife and several tribal leaders for whom she is the attorney disappears over a mountain terrain known as Heaven's Keep. After an exhaustive search, those aboard the plane are assumed to have perished. Several months later, two women appear on Cork's doorstep with another possible scenario for the disappearance of the plane. Is his wife still alive? He sets out on a mission, determined to find the truth. I always ...more
Paula Kraft
For those who have never read a Cork O'Conner mystery, you should know that within each book is an over riding theme, often not recognizable until the end. In Heaven's Keep the question your left to ponder is how far would you go for the one's you love. Are there any limits to what you would do for them? Deep questions.

These books are beautifully written and if you have the chance to listen to them on CD Buck does an excellent job of giving voice to the characters. He is Cork.

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Jim Krotzman
Heaven's Keep is a rock formation in the Wyoming Rocky Mountains. Cork O'Connor's wife Jo takes a flight to Seattle via Casper, Wyoming. The plane goes down in a terrible blizzard in the mountains, and Jo and the five other passengers are presumed dead.Six months after the crash, Cork discovers that the crash may not have been an accident but murder. As usual the characters are well-developed. Cork's son teenager Stephen makes great strides in growth to manhood thanks to help from an Objibwe eld ...more
I am going out on a limb and saying this is the best book I have ever read in my life. First though I must tell you to get the full effects of this book, read the first in the series. Then all the others subsequent, in the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger, thus leading up to "Heaven's Keep" to capture the full effects! It is difficult writing a review on this book without being a spoiler. I will say it heavily involves Cork's wife, of previous series Jo O'Connor and that is all I am ...more
This is the ninth in the series.

Separating the storyline from his writing style, his writing is always good. I'm giving this four stars because I've given him so many three stars on good stories that were 3.5 or just shy of four. Some of the three stars are better than this one, but I felt guilty giving yet another three star review on this series.

The beginning was a disappointment to me--headed for two stars. There was no mystery, just an adventure story; interesting, but not what I was reading
Lynn Hallbrooks
I'm so glad that my friend got this book from a local library and shared it with me. It has given me yet another wonderful author to follow. I do find Mr. Krueger's use of imagery a tiny bit out of place with the genre but it seems to work for him, so who am I to judge.

Heaven's Keep is a really good mystery book that keeps you guessing and sometimes re-guessing about what is really going on. Not to spoil anything but I do recommend having a hanky available at all times. It really is that emotio
Kathleen Hagen
Heaven’s Keep, by William Kent Krueger, A. Narrated by Buck Schirner, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

Jo, Cork’s wife, is going on a charter plane with other tribal leaders to a conference in Seattle to help in the presentation of a paper for the conference. Cork is suing a land developer who wants to build condos and ruin the shoreline of Iron Lake. Since Jo is an attorney, Cork wants her to help him. But she points out that he’s likely to lose the battle, particularly
While this is the 9th in the series, this the first one I have "read". "Read" is in quotes, since this was an audio listen and I will review it as such. The story was a good one for a drive or several drives since it took a few to finish the 9 CDs. There were times when I got home and sat in the driveway to finish the chapter and that is always a good sign. The characters were well drawn, for the most part, and the descriptions made me feel as though I were there. The narrator did a good job dis ...more
Katharine Kimbriel
Sep 09, 2011 Katharine Kimbriel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers, readers who like fiction dealing with modern NA Indians
Recommended to Katharine by: CJ MIlls
A friend, who loaned me her copy of the book, recommended this series to me. The question was, could I enter a series nine books in? I like mysteries that take me places I haven’t been before, and this tale of Cork O’Connor, Irish and Anishinaabe, former sheriff and now investigator, family man firmly rooted in his small community in the desolate reaches of Minnesota, definitely went places that were new.

Heaven’s Keep begins with apparent tragedy. Cork’s lawyer wife, Jo, disappears when a charte
I've been anticipating/dreading this instalment in the Cork O'Connor series ever since I read a teaser for it at the end of one of the earlier novels. It's the one where Jo, Cork's wife, goes down in a plane crash. She's presumed dead by Cork and his family, albeit with the faintest thread of hope emerging now and again, right up to the end of the novel. I won't say any more so as not to spoil.

Grief and winter go cruelly hand in hand in this one, and the title, as always, is a geographical featu
#10 in the Series about Cork O'Connor and I am telling you, Mr Krueger just gets better and better with each installment!

This is a tough one to write about ONLY because there is SO much that goes on and I do not want to give ANYTHING away!

I will share...that most of this story takes place not in Minnesota but in Wyoming, where the plane that was carrying his wife Jo and some fellow Indian representatives has gone missing.

(Not giving anything away, this is printed on the back cover of the book)
This book starts off with a plane crash in the Wyoming Rockies during a snowstorm. On board is Jo O'Connor and some Native Americans on their way to a meeting. Cork O'Coonor, husband of Jo is unwilling to just sit and wait for news. He decides to go to Casper, Wyoming with his 13 year old son, Steven in tow, to find his wife. Because he is a retired sheriff, he is given the full co-operation of the police and search personnel. Following a vision by an Arapaho Indian, he flies over Heaven's Keep, ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fiction and adventure fans
In a way, I'm sorry I read this book before reading the preceding books in the Cork O'Connor series but I got an opportunity to mooch this volume so I went for it. Nevertheless, this was a totally engaging story and kept me enthralled until I finished it in less than two days.

The plot covers much more than simple Crime Fiction as it contains elements of love, adventure, family, spirituality, revenge, greed, friendship, community, etc.

The basic plot is that O'Connor's wife and seven others disapp
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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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