During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.
Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive.
Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.
“Part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller” (Booklist), Northwest Angle is a dynamic addition to William Kent Krueger’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series.
Solve another case with Cork O'Connor.
©2011 William Kent Krueger (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“A complex crime novel that contains meditations on the difficulties of loving and the paths we take to reach God, Northwest Angle has everything you want in a great read.” (Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Dead Reckoning)
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"Not quite as riviting as others, but..."
I love the William Kent Kreuger books, if for no other reason that the setting is nearly home territory for me. As a kid, I spent summers in this area, so I can picture most of the places he mentions. One thing surprised me -- at a couple of points, Kreuger has his characters swimming for hour after hour in Lake of the Woods. Seems to me that even in summer, that water was pretty darn cold. I cede to his greater knowledge, I guess, over my memory. But really? Could all these people, non-professional swimmers -- not trained, not the kind of people who regularly challenge the English Channel or San Francisco Bay -- really be able to spend hours in that water without ill effects? I wonder about that.
Then too, usually these books are totally engrossing, I'm always completely unable to find a place to stop. This one wasn't that, so much. A different kind of book. It had its moments, certainly, but there was more emphasis here on the nature of love and belonging than there was on creating a thriller. Or so I thought. Still, a good book -- Christians and lovers of Indian lore will love it, certainly.
Others have criticized the narrator -- and I have to say I sympathize a bit. Certainly the attempt at a Minnesota accent went flat, and I cringed all the way through at his odd pronounciation of the word "baby", a word that seemed to appear in darn near every sentence. (Who can possibly manage to mispronounce that word?) By the end, though, I'd come to terms with it.
All in all, I'd buy it again. Not quite a standard Kreuger, but plenty fine, anyway.
"Listened to Cork series while painting house...."
I had lots of listening opportunities this summer while painting our house (exterior). While it was a bit of a shift to get used to Buck Shirner at the point in the series where the narrator changed - not sure what book that was now. I think this was only because I was used to David Chandler. I didn't find Buck's voice to be grating, rushed or irritating in any way. Northwest Angle was well done and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
"Story compromised by reader"
A good story is compromised by the clumsy narration by Buck Schimer. He does not do the Minnesota accent with accuracy or authority. Try Minnesota denizen Dale Connelly to narrate this author
"Best one yet!"
Wonderful story. Kept me on the edge. Had to marathon it, I was so eager to find out what happened next! Captivating as always!
However...Bucks voice is great for Cork. I imagine Cork sounding like that, but not so much for the other characters. I don't think Buck has enough variation capability to pull off the other characters, especially women. His voice is a great one if you're looking for gruff, but he doesn't seem to be able to take the gruff out when necessary.
"Satisfying Thriller with Heart"
This is one of my favorite series ever! Krueger simply cannot be beat for instant suspense and gripping stories with settings that are vividly described and intertwined with the plots. Cork O'Connor is our hero, a part-Ojibwe ex-lawman with great dedication to his heritage, his family, and to justice. He sometimes gets a bit preachy, but this is so far forgivable because of his basic decentness and the appeal of the many other characters in the tales.
These are definitely story-driven books. If you want complicated, deep, psychologically complex characters and plots, look elsewhere. But, among thriller series, the Krueger books stand out for their well-crafted suspense and action, their excellent sense of place, and a respectful representation of the Ojibwe culture.
"Northwest Angle" is a worthy addition. It hooks you fast with a sudden storm and a crackerjack story. The mystery is intriguing and sustained throughout. I have grown really fond of the narration by Buck Schimer, whose gravelly voice seems perfect for the genre.
Overall, a really engaging listen!
My favorite hands down. Characters developed more and more Looking forward to the next episode
"Best William Kent Krueger book I have read!"
The plot was complex without being contrived and kept me on the edge of my chair. The dangers, both natural and otherwise, in the very first chapters were harrowing. Having gotten to know the O'Conner family in other books, it was refreshing to have them all together again and having them all at risk added to the tension. I could not put it down.
Love this series and this book was great . Good story, interesting characters and lots of excitement.
What happened to Aaron's body? Was he found? Was there a funeral? Did Jenni attend? Surely the epilogue could have given a bit of closure to Aaron.
"Like hearing the story from an old friend"
Time well spent with the O'Connor family dealing with troubles again in a united fashion.
Threads from the other books placed into this story very well done. Especially our old friend Henry M.
"I just like 'em."
I just really like the family, their humanity, weaknesses, and strengths. Dangerous enough to keep me listening and trick enough to keep me guessing.
Intensity wise about Robert Crais, lighter than John Standord.
Mr. Schimer's inflections. I often find narrator's personification of speaking voices for children, woman, or the elderly = annoying about half way through the listen. Not so with Mr. Schirner, thank you.
No. I like my stories to last several days.
Great series, recommend start at the beginning, although not essential. Its fun having reference to prior stories, like - oh yeah I remember that, and thankfully Mr. Kruger does not retell his prior stories in the current adventure.
William Kent Krueger shows sensitive insight into the many qualities we could learn from the "first" Americans. The lessons surround and are surrounded by a first rate story which combines excitement fierce love of many kinds and a thriller that engages right to the end.
highly recommended, excellent narration.
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