Purgatory Ridge: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #3) (Paperback)
Do you miss Tony Hillerman? William Kent Krueger is an extraordinary companion to Hillerman when you’re in the mood for great writing (Krueger’s descriptions of Minnesota seasons and landscapes left me breathless), real characters (recurring, Native American) and situations, you can’t miss with Krueger. Hillerman always gave us intriguing mysteries with a Native American influence and better than average recurring (though truly human) characters. Krueger does all this, with perhaps a bit more spice. Former sheriff Cork O’Connor and his wife, Jo are trying to get back to the good life they had with their children before each decided to try stepping out on their lives and each other. It’s a long way back, but they are doing their best. No longer sheriff, Cork contents himself (for the most part) by running a small burger shop with his teenaged daughters. Of course, there is an ever-present current of events that needs his expertise. Cork is part Anishinaabel/Ojibwe so he moves with ease between the Native American world and the white man’s world. This comes in handy when Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is almost destroyed. Cork steps in to help the current sheriff solve the crime. We meet John LePere, a Native American who can’t understand why life has dealt him such a blow as to be the only surviving member of his family. A freighter accident takes his brother. What can he do about it? And, Grace Fitzgerald, wealthy in her own right, married Karl Lindstrom after her first husband dies. Grace writes about times past and present and uses her life as a basis for her writing. - Wendy, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin — From Wendy's Easy Chair 2
When mayhem descends on a tiny logging town, former sheriff Cork O’Connor is called upon to investigate a murder in this “wonderful page-turner” (The Denver Post) that “prolongs suspense to the very end” (Publishers Weekly) by Edgar Award-winning author William Kent Krueger.
Not far from Aurora, Minnesota (population 3,752), lies an ancient expanse of great white pines, sacred to the Anishinaabe tribe. When an explosion kills the night watchman at wealthy industrialist Karl Lindstrom’s nearby lumber mill, it’s obvious where suspicion will fall. Former sheriff Cork O’Connor agrees to help investigate, but he has mixed feelings about the case. For one thing, he is part Anishinaabe. For another, his wife, a lawyer, represents the tribe.
Meanwhile, near Lindstrom’s lakeside home, a reclusive shipwreck survivor and his sidekick are harboring their own resentment of the industrialist. And it soon becomes clear to Cork that danger, both at home and in Aurora, lurks around every corner…
About the Author
William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of The River We Remember, This Tender Land, Ordinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), and the original audio novella The Levee, as well as nineteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Lightning Strike and Fox Creek. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at WilliamKentKrueger.com.
"Suspenseful, compelling, and highly readable."
— The Dallas Morning News
"The end of this masterfully plotted novel was such a surprise I'm still trying to figure out how Krueger did it."
— St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A wonderful page-turner."
— The Denver Post
“Krueger’s page-turner opens with a bang… The plot comes full circle as credibly flawed central characters find resolution… Krueger prolongs suspense to the very end.”
— Publishers Weekly