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

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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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Michael
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
Liz
Jan 30, 2017 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly beautiful, suspenseful, and compelling story. I am still sitting here wondering how it’s possible that this, the ninth book in the Cork O’Connor series, could possibly be the best one yet, but that’s exactly what it is.

Cork O’Connor has strong spiritual and blood ties to the Ojibwe Native American culture and he shares many of their beliefs, while also keeping his Catholic faith. Krueger plausibly weaves the Native mystical elements into all of his stories, creating the per
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David Tindell
Oct 12, 2013 David Tindell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brenda
Dec 27, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Rose
May 01, 2016 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Wow that was damned unpredictable!
Harry
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
Sherrie
For a couple of reasons, this book, while still good, was not as 5 star as many of the previous Krueger novels I have read. The plot felt too tortured and contrived to really ring true, and the ending was extremely abrupt, although it seems to take forever to get to it. ("Stephen King Syndrome") Still worth the read, as Krueger is a wonderful writer, and even his bad books are beter than many authors', but not as great as I had hoped.
Patricia
There will be no scenes that contain happiness in this book – not a one. What you will read is page after page containing stress, tension, unmitigated sorrow and life-threatening danger. Weaving this all together will be the bold threads of dogged, unrelenting detective work. And on the very last page there will be tears – your own – falling onto the print of the page as Cork O’Connor, with his hand on his wife’s casket, speaks his final words to her.

Now, those words just written do not constitu
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Kenyon Harbison
Jun 10, 2013 Kenyon Harbison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim
Nov 22, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great murder mystery filled with indian lore, super detective work, the development of new unusual friendships for Cork O'Connor sadly driven by the death of Jo O'Connor the lawyer wife of Corcoran. Cork's wife is killed in a mysterious plane crash and disappearance while she is working with many native nations on programs to better the lives of the people that lived there. A long time after her demise two lady's approached Cork and told them they had evidence, or what they thought to be evide ...more
Sue Radley
Nov 27, 2009 Sue Radley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Kennedy
#9 in the Cork O'Connor series. I started out not sure I would like this book, but by the end is was a solid 4.5 to 5 star read. I was worried that the premise of the book, Cork's wife Jo goes missing in a plane crash, couldn't engage the reader through a full length novel. I was wrong. While it started off a little rocky by the midpoint of the book, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down (thank goodness for a long holiday weekend. The pace of the story picked up as you moved along in the novel, a ...more
Eileen Goudge
Apr 15, 2015 Eileen Goudge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eadie
Nov 11, 2015 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
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!
Jacqueline
Aug 24, 2015 Jacqueline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Al Stoess
Dec 29, 2010 Al Stoess rated it liked it  ·  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.
Kmmoy
Apr 24, 2015 Kmmoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-nook
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.
Anne
Jun 02, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, major development.
Andy
Dec 24, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy The o'conner series. this is good stuff
Barbara
Nov 08, 2016 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book that I read of William Kent Krueger. I fell in love with Cork and his life.

This was an emotionally, exciting book. It involved his son who I think is about 15 in this book and finding his way in life or his walk in the Ojibwe way of life.

But it mainly centered on finding his wife, who plane had crashed and not knowing if his wife was alive or dead. There is always hope that she will be found alive.

Once I finished reading this book, I did a search and started reading each
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Anna
Jun 01, 2017 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne
Mar 21, 2017 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up because I liked Ordinary Grace so much, and only learned afterward that Krueger was also the author of a mystery series. This book just happened to be available at my local Barnes & Noble, so I thought I would give it a try.

It was excellent; the plot was exciting and suspenseful and kept me guessing until the very end. And the characters were fully developed and interesting. Now, I want to read the entire series.
Susan Reed
Jan 04, 2017 Susan Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Keeping in the holiday theme of reading books in all of my current series out of order.
Love this series. The books and characters and action just get better. Now to go back and fill in the early ones.
Judi
Feb 12, 2017 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sally Grey
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B. Shaun Smith
Was a good read. Disappointed with the ending.
Kara Neal
Feb 25, 2017 Kara Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists and turns I. The rest of this review is nonsense in hopes Goodreads will recognize and count this toward my 2017 reading challenge.
Mj
Feb 27, 2017 Mj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read two other books by William Krueger, with Ordinary Grace being the first. My admiration for Mr. Krueger' s writing content and style in this book was instrumental in guiding me to enter a contest for a chance to win more of his books. I was fortunate enough to win a copy of Iron Lake, the first in the Cork O'Connor series. I became intrigued with the character of Cork and decided I eventually want to read the whole series. I think I would prefer to read them in order, however, as I fe ...more
Julie Robinson
Feb 24, 2017 Julie Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Krueger just never gets old. Again an extremely well written plot with great character development.
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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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