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January 2020: Thriller > (Poll Ballot) Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger - 4 stars

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Ellen | 2262 comments Former Aurora, Minnesota, sheriff Cork O'Connor becomes embroiled in a murder mystery and the disappearance of a young Indian paperboy. The victim was a powerful judge and, on the surface, it appears to be a suicide. The young boy was a possible witness and now he is missing. The judge's son, a newly-elected state senator, is Cork's estranged wife's new love interest. Cork himself has tried to move on from his shattered marriage with Molly, a beautiful waitress. Despite his deep feelings for Molly, Cork hopes to rebuild his life with Jo, his wife, and their 3 children.

The casino on the Indian reservation seems to be at the heart of the judge's death and that of several other Aurora residents. Investigating the gambling concessions is bound to cause Cork and the local tribe to have problems. Obviously, someone is getting rich from less than legal casino profits and someone will stop at nothing, not even murder, to keep the secret.

I really enjoyed this book and have now apparently started a new series (which I definitely did not need to do!). Cork is a great character, certainly flawed, but earnest and determined to do the right thing. The town and its surroundings are well developed and the reader can nearly feel the freezing cold temperatures of the Christmas season in northern Minnesota. I will certainly keep up with Krueger's series.


annapi | 5117 comments I love this series, but it does get very dark in later books. Krueger's standalone novels are great too.


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Doughgirl5562 | 783 comments "The reader can nearly feel the freezing cold temperatures of the Christmas season in northern Minnesota." - So true!

The first three books in this series are my favorites.


message 4: by NancyJ (last edited Jan 12, 2020 06:39PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 5785 comments Great review! I have two of his books sitting on the big pile next to my bed. I'm from Minnesota and friends have recommended him for years. It's funny, when I was a kid, the cold didn't bother me at all. Now I couldn't even tolerate a short run to my car from the mall.


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