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Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor #11)

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With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jen

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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atria Books (first published June 7th 2011)
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Surreysmum
I've liked all of the Cork O'Connor mysteries, and I liked this one - but I wasn't thrilled by the increased religiosity of the book (it's always been present, but it went a bit beyond my low tolerance level in this one, despite the fact that it was balanced out by the scathing depiction of religious fanatics). I probably would have handled that better if it hadn't been accompanied by the transformation of daughter Jenny from a reasonably sensible girl into a maternal-hormone-addled critter, and ...more
Jeanette
Nov 25, 2016 Jeanette rated it liked it
For me this was a 2.5 star rounded up for the natural world Angle descriptions and rugged water boundary territory. Cork was Cork and the plot was the weakest of the bunch I've read.

The problem was the other characterizations and especially the women. The women have become increasingly flat as the series progresses, IMHO. And Rose increasingly annoying, off-putting. Far too much a stereotype. Mide or not, Krueger never seems to grasp the component of her personality, fire, motivations. Religiou
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Brenda
Dec 27, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! A natural disaster brings a new character to the O'Conners, with perhaps an inkling of a second one. Good and evil meet, and life goes on. There is still a feeling in me of something more disastrous, though, in the future.
Charty
Sep 20, 2011 Charty rated it it was ok
I've mostly enjoyed the previous Cork O'Conner mysteries, some more than others, but this was a new low point for the series. The first half, with the devastating storm was solid and suspenseful, but the second half fell apart with forced plotting, cardboard villeins and extraneous characters. One thing that really bothered me was the overt religiosity of the book. Krueger has always include some thoughts on faith and the intersections of good and evil, but this book felt particularly unsubtle a ...more
Mike Kennedy
Nov 15, 2016 Mike Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Really good installment in the Cork O'Connor series. Cork and his family are in Lake of the Woods area when a huge storm comes through. It strands Cork and his oldest daughter Jenny in the wilderness where they come across a murder and a baby. Some good twist and turns through out. Some of them I saw coming, but some of them took me by surprise. Krueger does such a great job in his novels using the landscape and beauty of Northern Minnesota. It feels like you are there with Cork. I like the way ...more
Carmen
Jun 28, 2011 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Cork O'Connor and his daughter are on a dinghy on the remote Lake of the Woods when a violent storm hits. They make it to a deserted island where they discover a murdered teenager and her still alive infant son. Somebody wants this baby and will kill to get it. I don't know if its because I like any story about Native Americans, or because I just love the main character, Cork O'Connor, or that I just love the way Krueger writes, his books are always so smooth and flowing, even when dealing with ...more
Ruth
Sep 12, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have loved his Cork O'Connor series but was very disappointed with this one. I am not inspired by all the inspiration in this book. The characters were flat and not the warm-blooded characters I am used to reading in his books. The action was pretty much beyond belief. Not up to his usual greatness
Diane S ☔
Jun 23, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
The mysteries are very good but I love all the information related about the Ojibwa Indians.
Carl Brookins
Aug 29, 2011 Carl Brookins rated it liked it
Befitting its location, this novel is a dark, brooding, exploration of family values and relationships. It also carries a healthy dose of religiosity, on both the dark and the lighter side. These are themes Krueger injects in greater and greater amounts as the Cork O’Connor series proceedes. Whether his fans will follow him here, remains to be seen. As always, the language is beautiful, the setting is fascinating and the carefully crafted characters true to form and to the story.
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Susan
Aug 11, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
My first book by this author...it grabbed my interest from the first page...he is an excellent writer...
"Northwest Angle" by William Kent Krueger is that rare combination of interesting characters, a good story and a good setting - all woven together into a "must-read" novel. I read this book in 24 hours...yes, it is just that good. When you read a lot of mystery/thriller/suspense books - you become a bit jaded. These are well-drawn, human characters - people you believe in, people you'd like to
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Ed
Mar 12, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller and Krueger Fans
I absolutely love Krueger's Cork O'Connor series. Not only because of the suspense and action but also because he pays attention to Cork's family and his Native American ethnicity. I also like the seting of Minnesota's north woods which are similar to the ones I knew in northern Wisconsin.

This, the eleventh offering, is as exciting as any of the others. Cork, still grieving for his wife, Jo, murdered in "Heaven's Keep", takes his family on a houseboat trip on The Lake of the Woods on the U.S. -
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Michael
William Kent Krueger has delivered another fine novel with "Northwest Angle."
The story has picturesque settings, a suspenseful plot and a strong message.

Cork O'Connor takes his family on vacation on a houseboat.

When a destructive storm develops, Cork and his daughter, Jenny, are separated from the others and wind up on one of the many islands on the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota on the U.S. Canada border.

Jenny hears the whimper of a baby and discovers the body of a young woman who had been murd
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Brent Soderstrum
Dec 09, 2014 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it
This is the 11th book of Krueger's Cork O'Conner series.

Welcome to the family Aaron. More changes take place in Cork's family when he takes them on a houseboat vacation on the massive Lake of the Woods, which is the northern most part of the United States. While on the lake a huge destructive storm hits. Cork and Jenny are separated from the rest which includes Anne, Stephen, Rose, Mal and Jenny's boyfriend.

Jenny finds a murdered young woman on one of the many islands on the lake. She also finds
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Jill Manske
Feb 10, 2017 Jill Manske rated it really liked it
"Northwest Angle" begins with a derechos, a wild and furious collection of thunderstorms that brings hurricane-force straight line winds and leaves a trail of unbelievable destruction. This superstorm catches Cork O'Connor and his family unaware as they vacation on a houseboat in Lake of the Woods, near the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. But the storm is just the beginning. With similar intensity to the storm follows the discovery of a murdered young Objibwe woman and her infant son and ...more
Pamela
A good murder mystery, in my estimation, is a measured balance of suspense-driven intrigue woven through a riveting viable plot, built around multifaceted well-developed main characters, amid settings and scenarios of engaging interest, and infused with subtle clues that keep a reader hooked and guessing until the final chapter. Northwest Angle surpasses these basic good-read elements by a landslide. Krueger's writing is crisp, clean, literary excellence. His humanistic characters are of great d ...more
Linda Branich
Mar 08, 2015 Linda Branich rated it really liked it
This eleventh book in the Cork O'Connor series focuses mainly on Cork's daughter, Jenny.

A horrific storm overtakes Cork's family while vacationing on a houseboat near the Canadian-American border of northern Minnesota. When the violent storm hits, the family is scattered into three groups, and then Jenny and Cork are split apart. Jenny crawls on to an island for shelter and discovered a murdered young girl and a carefully hidden baby.

Smuggling, a pseudo-religious paramilitary group, people hunti
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Rick Fisher
Sep 30, 2011 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
So, there are eleven novels in the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger and I have now read number 9 and 11. Totally out of sequence. They both have been great stand alone novels, but have been so enjoyable, I am now trying to find first edition copies of each.
A few of the things I enjoy most about this series is the juxtaposition of Ojibwe faith and my own Christian faith. To have both so prevelant in a series is righteous. Love it.
Also, thoroughly enjoyed learning about a weather p
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Jacqueline
Sep 14, 2015 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Another great addition to this series that I'm loving so much. I saw the end coming here for the most part . I'm glad one of the characters who was considered for the crime turned out not to be the bad guy. (view spoiler) ...more
Vivian
Mar 31, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it
Though set on Lake of the Clouds in far northern Minnesota, Krueger stirs memories of the Boundary Waters. With good description, character development and a plot that had me guessing until close to the end, Krueger had my rapt attention. If this latest mystery is an indication of his talent, I'm going to explore some of his earlier books set in the UP. In Northwest Angle there are brief references to Eau Claire and Rice Lake. Fun.
Jan
Apr 03, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy, series
This is my favorite story to date in this series. Cork and his family meet for a houseboat vacation, survive a killer storm, find a baby and supposed Christians in league with the devil. I've not been to this area of Minnesota and look forward to going someday. I'd love to see all those islands in that area and the untouched beauty I'm sure exists.
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
Beth
Feb 06, 2017 Beth rated it liked it
I'd actually give this 3.5 stars.
Candy Van dam
Jun 18, 2017 Candy Van dam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
My first book from this author. He reminds me of John Sandford. I'll read more of Krueger's books.
Dan
Feb 02, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Under a North Country sky that promised heaven and delivered hell
Cork O’Connor has seen more than enough bloodshed for any one person. Starting on the South Side of Chicago where he was a cop and continuing in the north woods of Tamarack County, Minnesota where was county sheriff, bait shop proprietor and then PI, he has seen the blood of his enemies, but also of his friends and family; the blood of children as well as adults.

In “Northwest Angle” O’Connor has given up firearms for good and promi
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Beth
Sep 20, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
NORTHWEST ANGLE by William Kent Krueger, the next book in his Cork O’Conner series, is a great thriller, maybe the best in the series. OK, so far I’ve read only two books in the series. But it’s still true: this book is a grabber.

The O’Conner family, including Cork’s sister-in-law and her husband, are vacationing on a houseboat in the Northwest Angle. While Cork and his daughter Jenny are taking a smaller boat to pick up Jenny’s boyfriend, a violent windstorm (Derecho) blows Cork overboard and s
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Gloria Feit
Jan 11, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing
This is the eleventh book in the multi-award-winning Cork O’Connor series, and it is another winner. It starts out, as do the others, in the North Woods of Minnesota, described by the author as “a land so beautiful it’s as near to heaven as you’re likely to find anywhere on this earth.” And the reader is more than convinced of that as [s]he continues to read, for the author’s wonderful prose brings it vividly to life in all its majesty.

Family is all-important to Cork, and as the novel opens he a
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Lynne Perednia
Sep 04, 2011 Lynne Perednia rated it really liked it
Cork O'Connor and surviving members of his family have been through enough heartache. Aiming for healing the family, even if he cannot make it whole again, Cork takes everyone on a houseboat cruise on the Lake of the Woods. When an unforeseen storm overpowers them, Cork worries he may have completely destroyed them.

The storm is a derecho, a windstorm so abrupt it can be seen approaching as a line of destruction, accompanied by thunderstorms, seen just before it hits. The O'Connors are separated
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Jaime Krause
Nov 28, 2013 Jaime Krause rated it it was amazing
One of the first books I won on GR was an Atria sampler. A chapter from this novel was in it. I was unaware that it was the 11th book in a series, only that it was one of the few samples that captured my interest in only a few pages.

William Kent Krueger is a very good author. I was about 50 pages in before I added the book to my list and the background was woven into the story so well that even then I didn't realize I was reading the 11th book.
There are some awkward phrasings, but nothing terrib
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Idris
Aug 14, 2011 Idris rated it liked it
am a huge fan of crime stories, full of mystery, police officers and detectives that have to find the murderer, and that they use different methods for getting out the truth. So when I saw this book it caught my attention immediately.
This is the first novel I read by William Kent Krueger, so I didn't know anything about his writing style, and logically this is the first novel in the Cork O'Connor series I read, so at the first time I didn't know the characters (This is the twelfth book in the s
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S.D.
Sep 12, 2011 S.D. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
After all that has happened in the last two years, Cork decides to take his O’Connor brood on a trip to the Northwest Angle, a clutter of 14,000 islands between Minnesota and Canada. This brood includes Rose, Cork’s sister-in-law, and her husband Mal. While showing his oldest daughter, Jennifer, an island Henry Meloux had introduced to Cork in his youth, they stumble onto an abandoned cabin containing the body of a young woman. Outside in a basket is an infant just weeks old. The point of view j ...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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Other Books in the Series

Cork O'Connor (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Iron Lake (Cork O'Connor, #1)
  • Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor, #2)
  • Purgatory Ridge (Cork O'Connor, #3)
  • Blood Hollow (Cork O'Connor, #4)
  • Mercy Falls (Cork O'Connor, #5)
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  • Thunder Bay (Cork O'Connor, #7)
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