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Tamarack County (Cork O'Connor Series #13)

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    "Tamarack County, Minnesota is the gateway to the pristine

    "Tamarack County, Minnesota is the gateway to the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Within its borders lie a million acres of deep forest, a thousand crystal clear lakes, and a few quiet towns. Nobody builds fences in Tamarack County. It's not the neighborly thing to do. This is the place that, for most of his life, Cork O'Connor has called home.

    During a blizzard one bitter winter night, just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural county road. The gas gauge reads empty. Judge Carter's wife is seventy years old and has a bad heart. After days of fruitless effort, the Search and Rescue team has little hope that she'll be fhound alive, if she's found at all. Cork O'Connor is part of that team. "(excerpt from inside cover).

    New York Times Best Selling author, William Kent Krueger once again takes the lead into launching the reader into another compelling murder mystery surrounded by deep forests and great spirits from the Anishinaabeg people who live there. While it all seems to surround the same premise of another crime that came to Tamarack County a few years ago, Cork is convinced this one is different. The dots don't seem to offer up any logical clues to motive that would point to a possible criminal. It seems unrelated until it begins to draw closer to Cork personally. It is possible that the sins that were committed long ago have begun to resurface in hopes of finding not only justice but to bring about the innocent after all these long years?

    I received Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger compliments of Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This novel does contain some profanity and sexual content and thus the reason for my rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on my own review standards. The storyline however is moving, compelling and drew me deeper into the heart of what makes this such a great novel. The character development is amazing and loved the mystery surrounding the Native American tribes that live in Tamarack County. I love how appreciate the land and the living things that dwell within it. I think combining those elements added a level you don't find in most murder mystery novels and for me this is what really sold me on the novel. I would love to have spent more time with the character of Henry and gotten to know a bit more about him. He is the wise Native American sage that the characters ultimately turn to when things get personal. Overall, a wonderful novel for murder mystery fans everywhere.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

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    Murders, children coming back home, folks getting run off the ro

    Murders, children coming back home, folks getting run off the road, revenge for a 20-year-old murder, and many unusual things happening in the bitter cold county of Tamarack in Northern Minnesota.

    What was happening in this town that usually was a quiet place to be? No one knew the answer, and the police had no clue either. Even Cork, a retired deputy sheriff, was called in for the investigation that he was more involved with than he knew.

    Cork O’Connor wasn't aware that his family would be involved and that part of his family was changing. Cork is a character you would personally want as a friend. He is a great father as well as a dedicated law man.

    TAMARACK COUNTY is the second book I have read by Mr. Krueger. It is quite different from ORDINARY GRACE, but still beautifully detailed and written.

    Mr. Krueger's characters are always an interesting lot. I enjoyed learning about the Indian traditions and a few Indian words. The landscape descriptions were amazing, but I wouldn't want to live in that cold climate, though, which seemed to be a major theme.

    TAMARACK COUNTY definitely kept my attention with a good storyline but a storyline that wasn't gripping until the last half of the book when things did heat up in those freezing temperatures as the mystery unraveled as well as the history of the characters.

    The characters were well developed, authentic, and very plausible. TAMARACK COUNTY is a book about community and family all working together for the good of each other.

    TAMARACK COUNTY has religious and philosophical themes as subplots.

    A quote from page 205 is quite meaningful and something I believe needs to be shared:

    “Anger, hate, jealousy envy, fear. Fill your pockets with these heavy stones and you spend your life trying not to drown. Throw them away, and you float."

    I hope you get to read this book. It was thought provoking, introspective, and will hold your interest. I enjoyed it. 4/5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 22, 2014

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    So, what state do you live in? [I was seriously about to put "she meowed"]
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  • Posted January 28, 2014

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    Cork O¿Connor has encountered some bizarre crimes in the previou

    Cork O’Connor has encountered some bizarre crimes in the previous 12 novels in the series, but in “Tamarack County” he faces a very personal one affecting his family and the home and county in which he lives.

    It all begins when the wife of a cantankerous retired judge disappears and her car is found abandoned on a rural road. Then a dog is found brutally decapitated outside the home of his son’s girlfriend. Then his son is endangered and Cork begins to see a pattern involving the conviction and long-term sentencing of a possibly innocent man 20 years before, when Cork was merely a beginning deputy, long before he became sheriff of the county (later to retire).

    The plot moves forward with a surprise resolution. Missing from this entry in the series are the usual graphic descriptions of the weather and terrain, a trademark of a William Kent Krueger book, except for the continually falling snow and occasional blizzard. The novel is written, as usual with any book from this author, with a degree of smoothness that makes for fast, easy and rewarding reading, and it is recommended.

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

    A page turner!

    Liked this one a lot -- a good addition to the series. But I think the Annie thread could have been left out, it was a bit of a distraction from the main story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Well-written, complex characters, intriguing story

    I have read all of the Cork O'Connor series and consider this one of the better ones. Even when I am not drawn into the story, I always find that Krueger's books are written well. After several years, I feel that I "know" these characters and appreciate how they have developed and grown in a realistic way. This story continues that development and throws in a good mystery as well!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Disappointment in a good way

    The main issue I had with this book is that it wasn't long enough. 286 pages and I read it in two evenings. . .as with all his books, I couldn't put it down. Well worth reading if you're a Krueger fan and if you don't know of him...ya gotta try one of his books.

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