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Intrepid hero Cork O'Connor faces the most harrowing mission of his life when a charter plane carrying his wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies. Months after the tragedy, two women show up on Cork's doorstep with evidence that the pilot of Jo's plane was not the man he claimed to be. It may not be definitive proof, but it's a ray of light in the darkness. 

Agreeing to investigate, Cork travels to Wyoming, where he battles the interference of local law enforcement who may be on the take, the open hostility of the Northern Arapaho, who have much to lose if the truth is known, and the continuing attempts on his life by assassins who shadow his every move. At the center of all the danger and deception lies the possibility that Jo's disappearance was not the end of her, that somewhere along the labyrinthine path of his search, maybe even in the broad shadow of Heaven's Keep itself, Cork will find her alive and waiting for him.

©2009 William Kent Krueger (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Reademandweep
  • 28-04-2020

Not my favorite - Cork O’Connor is changing

One of the things I liked so much about the series when I got hooked was the small town vibe - the family, the live in sister, the wife, the kids the local people. Unfortunately, Cork is changing. He is now leaving most of what made him heartwarming behind. He is now becoming more of a loner, private Eye. In other words, he’s becoming like almost every other whodunit book out there. He’s losing what made him unique.
I’m not sure why authors do that. Sherlock Holmes never changed. We don’t want them to change. This is not a reality show. Characters do not have to age and die. That’s the nature of fiction.
“ if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”
David Chandler’s narration is A+ as usual.
I can’t say I recommend this particular book in the series. And I’m not sure I will be buying any more. As I say, for me the character and plots are lacking humor, humanity and originality.

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  • Bergerhoo
  • 26-02-2020

A heart wrenching store

Seldom do books squeeze my heart with a grip strong enough to wring tears from my eyes, but this story did just that.
Unfortunately the narration is not at the same level as the writing. It’s frustrating to hear countless mispronunciations of the name Bodine, and as simple a word as saguaro, the cactus. The descriptive narration was too slow and stilted, but increasing the reading speed helped. The speech of the character voices all too often comes off snarky, or sarcastic instead of simply reading the way real people talk. This kind of narration can make it difficult to like the characters at times.
But overall, the storyline is good enough to overcome this issue if a person chooses to listed on Audible, instead of actually reading the story
Me. Krueger’s writing and storytelling skills are extraordinary.

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  • Debbie
  • 17-02-2021

Not the Old Cork

This is the ninth book in the series from an author that I usually love and respect. The book is okay, but some things in it bother me. First of all it opens with Cork applying for the job of deputy to help him fight off a land grab for his property. In that interview, he clearly states that he will not carry or use a gun again. What??? A law officer unwilling to use a weapon? Then after his wife's plane goes down and Cork finally gives up on finding her, he brokers a deal with the very man that was trying to buy that land and becomes best buddies. I get that people change, but that's pretty quick to turn and team up with a man he has loathed for years. The story is missing the same feel of the past books, too. Part of that is because it takes place mostly in Wyoming where the plane went down, but more of it is the changes in Cork himself. He breaks his own rules without explanation. It seems as if William Kent Krueger has added content in order to be politically correct, which is a shame. I don't know that I will continue the series.

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  • Alice Smith
  • 01-11-2020

I will not buy this author's work again

It amazes me how many authors don't mind eliminating future customers. I can tolerate F bombs, but for an author to go out of his way to write dialog where the character is calling God, 'a bastard', is over the top, offensive. I didn't make it much into chapter 7 when I decided this book is getting returned and the author is making it an F on my document list of authors to never buy from again.

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  • Doug Hemingway
  • 21-09-2020

My last Cork Oconner read

I liked the last book, but I think I am done with this series. I have listened to all but one of this series through this volume and been swept away by the majesty of the Great North Woods, the main characters, particularly the Native characters, and glimpses into their lives. But the author has chosen to change Cork so dramatically until he is hardly recognizable, and dropping or changing main characters I have come to expect. And now a lawman who won't carry a gun to enforce the law, or to protect the ones he loves? Seriously? Plus the protagonist keeps ending up fighting cartels and big crime far from his own little corner of the world, where true enough, there would be plenty crimes to solve. Also, the new narrator changed the tone of the novel, with unfamiliar sounding names that kept me stopping the story and re-listening to previous paragraphs to be sure I was still following the story. Overall, I was disappointed with the book. I will now search for another author who writes more about the time and place I have come to love.

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  • A. Andews
  • 03-07-2020

Perhaps the best of Cork O'Connor

listened to Ordinary Grace before returning to the world of Cork O'Connor and thought it might be a step down...pleased to share that this was the best of Cork's stories to date.

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  • Elisabeth Lasavio
  • 24-09-2021

he keeps getting better!

I am going to download book ten now. I sure do love this series!

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  • MNGolfer
  • 15-09-2021

I couldn't put it down

Enjoyed both story and performance emensely. Best book in the series thus far and the performance was spot on.

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  • tyrogers31
  • 01-08-2021

Haunting and Heartbreaking

Krueger really knows how to spin a tale and in this ninth book he has reached the pinnacle. This book gave me the full range of emotions from disbelief to total devastation. How many times have you been angry with a loved one and not said goodbye or made up before going off to work for the day? In this story, after a disagreement, Cork’s wife Jo leaves the next morning on a business trip with members of the local tribe to Seattle on a charter flight. They disappear in a snowstorm over Wyoming and Cork spends the rest of the book assuaging his guilt trying to find out what happened to his beloved wife.

The search for the truth takes him down many twisted paths and at one point even believes that Jo may still be alive. This story was truly gut-wrenching and broke my heart into many pieces. This has been my favorite so far, even though the subject matter was so distressing. Krueger’s writing just gets better and better and always makes me feel like I am right there where the action is happening.

I listened to this on audiobook via Audible. As usual, narrator David Chandler did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. I gave this book five stars!

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  • LAJReeves
  • 12-07-2021

Not his best

I’ve eagerly anticipated each new installment of the Cork O’Connor series and could never have imagined writing a less than glowing review. Until now.
The story itself was good. But the way the author chose to let us know what was happening was not. For instance, having this novel’s sidekick to Cork’s character move the “action” along through his habit of asking what seemed like 10-minutes of tedious questions at a stretch. Cork never relied on another character to describe his thoughts, motivations or actions before. And those novels were better for it.
Also, for the Cork we have come to know as such a wise and insightful detective describe—in detail—his theories of how the crimes were committed TO THE BAD GUYS, over and over, was almost too much to bear!

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