I confess, I love Krueger, as a writer, storyteller, plotter, master of setting and character. I bought his first Cork O’Connor novel, Iron Lake, while at Bouchercon in Milwaukee, just after he won the Barry Award for best first novel. I loved it, and have bought and read each new one as it’s been published. I’m an unabashed fanboy when it comes to Kent Krueger.
So it’s no surprise I pre-ordered this one and got it on publication day. I did wait until I finished the book I was reading before starting it, and once started stayed up late to keep reading and finished it in two days, which is fast for me.
This novel is a prequel to Iron Lake. Thus it may be listed as Cork O’Connor 0
Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota’s Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to 12-year-old Cork O’Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself.
That’s all I’ll say except that Cork’s father is the Sheriff of Aurora and that is a main plot point, as it’s Lliam who is as much the main character here as Cork.
This was one of those books I didn’t want to end.