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Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor #11)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,494 ratings  ·  304 reviews
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

Hardcover, 357 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Atria Books (first published June 7th 2011)
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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
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.
Carl Brookins
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.
The Northwest A
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
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
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
Brent Soderstrum
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
Mar 21, 2015 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
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. -
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
Linda Branich
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
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
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
My first book by this 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
Rick Fisher
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
This was a great story. It starts with a vacation and a storm on the Lake of the Woods on the U.S. Canadian border. The storm is severe and splits up the O'Connor family. Cork and his oldest daughter, Jenny have found a dead woman and a still alive baby in the aftermath of the storm, although there is no doubt the woman was murdered. This is because she has been shot. Then a man shows up to the island and removes the woman's body and seems to be looking for the baby. The rest of the story is try ...more
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.
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.
AN earlier (2011) one I hadn't read, which explains how Waboo comes to their family. I like how the action involves all the family members, even at personalk expense. Krueger writes with great intensity and lots of action; not a quiet resolution like Precious Ramotse, in No.1 Ladies Detective series.

I learned what a derecho is, not having heard that term to my memory.A derecho is a unique storm system, a bow-shaped formation of towering b;ack clouds that generate straight-line winds of hurricane
Beth Gibson
I had not heard of this writer before. It is a mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor, ex-policeman. Or at least he is "ex" in this book. The stories place in the Minnesota lakes area. They are also centered around the Ojibwe Indians in some way. Both feature prominently in this story. The family goes on what starts out on a family vacation and ends up in a murder mystery. At the center of it all his an infant Indian child that was abandoned on an island, his dead young mother at his side. Who d ...more
Lynn Pribus
OK about says it. I was well into it on my iPod (story loaded by son) when I realized I'd read another in this series. Gave that one a three because the landscape and land were much a part of the story. In this one also, and the extra interest that this is that little bit of the US that is connected only to Canada and that portion is called the Northwest Angle. That and the territory of the very large Lake of the Woods was interesting.

Another interesting feature was that it opened with a derecho
Jim Krotzman
Northwest Angle was a good mystery, but unfortunately I was able to figure out most of it 3/4s of the way into it. It takes place on and around the Lake of the Woods. Cork O'Connor takes his family and extended family on a houseboat vacation to try to bring the family together after the death of his wife Jo in Heaven's Keep. A terrible storm with straight line winds hits and decimates much of the woods around the lake. A woman's body is found in a cabin, and an infant, still alive, is found hidd ...more
Amy Paget
It's not often that I found a novel set close to where I was born in Northwestern I was excited to read "Northwest Angle" by William Kent Krueger. Somehow I also missed knowing that the title is an informal name used by Northwestern Ontario/Minnesota to refer to their part of the world. This is the 12th book in a series whose titles all indicate a connection to my favorite setting. Regrettably, though, it's a potboiler though, with questionable insights into native American rites. I ...more
Ginny Dodge
Northwest Angle was a suspenseful mystery, in keeping with the many themes in the O'Connor series. Ojibwe tradition, religion, family, nature and plot twists abound. I was happy to have Rose back in this novel. I was rooting for Jenny throughout the book. One of the things I love about these books is the way Krueger gives a more realistic 'happy ending' to the plot lines. People pass on, families age and grow apart, love and tradition have a way to become timeless. Krueger has found a way to exp ...more
Patricia Strot
WKK takes us on a wild adventure in the Lake of the Woods area of Minnesota. It begins as Cork O'Connor's family meets for a vacation there in 1999. 1999, the year of the derecho in Northern Minnesota, a scary backdrop. Each of the family members is paired off and on an adventure when the derecho with it's hurricane force straight-line winds hit the area. In the aftermath two family members finds a cabin with the body of a young woman and hidden in the cabin a very young baby boy. From this poin ...more
I love all of the Cork O'Connor titles. I consistently say (to my New England friends) that William Kent Krueger might just be the best thriller author you aren't reading. As a naive northern Minnesotan, I think that Krueger accurately captures the beauty and serenity of the Great North Woods and does a pretty good job of describing most of the people.

Typically, there isn't much in his books that make my eyes roll (aside from some of the religious story lines), but Northwest Angle -- oh, my! (v
Always when I think the Cork O'Connor series just can't get any better, the author William Kent Krueger outdoes himself. This is simply why I read books, this one took me on an adventure I won't soon forget and at some point may have to go back and revisit this book again it was so good. Its set on the most northwest part of the contingent 48 states and involves all the characters of this series that I have come to love! Its a tale about a family (the O'Connors) trying to reconnect on a family v ...more
In Northwest Angle, Krueger is back with a suspenseful novel that doesn't dwell on Cork's loss of Jo that occurred at the end of Heaven's Keep. This time around Cork is beginning to accept the death of his wife and is beginning to move on with his life. He is also becoming concerned with Henry Meloux's health which appears to be failing. Henry is being assisted by his niece Rainy Bisonette. Initially there was some discord between Cork and Rainy, but as time has progressed there seems to be a gr ...more
Wendy Hines
In this newest installment of the Cork O'Connor novels, William Kent Krueger has raised his own bar. It begins with a famil vacation oon the remote Lake in the Woods, but a storm sweeps through. Cork and his daughter Jenny end up on an island, separated from the others they were vacationing with.

On this island, Cork and Jenny stumble upon an old cabin with a murdered young woman within. She wasn't killed by the storm, but has been bound, tortured and shot in the head. Further investigation on t
David Peters
I came to this really wanting to like it because it featured several things that I look for. A mystery series with an extended backlist taking place in Minnesota. I was hoping for Riley Spartz or Lucas Davenport; or somewhere in between. I even dug around my want to read pile (about 80 books) and found one of the earlier books in the series, Thunder Bay. So I took both books with me on vacation to read – I actually took 7 books with me and got them all done.

The positives. There was a lot of fan
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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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