Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor Series #2)

Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor Series #2)

by William Kent Krueger


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Former small-town sheriff Cork O’Connor leads a desperate search-and-rescue mission into the unforgiving Minnesota wilderness in this “gritty, bloody adventure” (Publishers Weekly) from critically acclaimed author William Kent Krueger’s award-winning mystery series.

The Quetico-Superior Wilderness: more than two million acres of forest, white-water rapids, and uncharted islands on the Canadian/American border. Somewhere in the heart of this unforgiving territory, a young woman named Shiloh—a country-western singer at the height of her fame—has disappeared.

Her father arrives in Aurora, Minnesota, to hire Cork O’Connor to find his daughter. Cork joins a search party that includes an ex-con, two FBI agents, and a ten-year-old boy. Others are on Shiloh’s trail as well—men hired not just to find her, but to kill her.

As the expedition ventures deeper into the wilderness, strangers descend on Aurora, threatening to spill blood on the town’s snowy streets. Meanwhile, out on the Boundary Waters, winter falls hard. Cork’s team of searchers loses contact with civilization, and like the brutal winds of a Minnesota blizzard, death—violent and sudden—stalks them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439157770
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Series: Cork O'Connor Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 36,100
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at

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Chapter One
He was a tough old bird, the redskin. Milwaukee allowed himself the dangerous luxury of admiring the old man fully. He was smart, too. But way too trusting. And that, Milwaukee knew, was his undoing.
Milwaukee turned away from the Indian and addressed the two men sitting by the campfire. "I can go on, but the Indian's not going to talk. I can almost guarantee it."
"I thought you guaranteed results," the nervous one said.
"I'll get what you want, only it won't be coming from him."
"Go on," the nervous man said. He squeezed his hands together and jerked his head toward the Indian. "Do it."
"Your ball game." Milwaukee stepped to the campfire and pulled a long beechwood stick from the coals. The end of the stick glowed red, and two licks of flame leaped out on either side like the horns of a devil held in Milwaukee's hand.
The old Indian hung spread-eagled between two small birch trees, secured to the slender trunks by nylon cords bound about his wrists and ankles. He was naked, although the night was cool and damp enough to make his blood steam as it flowed down his skin over the washboard of his ribs. Behind him, darkness closed like a black curtain over the rest of the deep woods. The campfire lit the old man as if he were a single actor in a command performance.
Or, Milwaukee thought as he approached with the burning stick, a puppet who'd broken his strings.
Milwaukee grasped the long gray hair and lifted the old man's head. The eyes flickered open. Dark almond eyes. Resigned but not broken.
"See." Milwaukee brought the angry glow inches from his face. "Your eyes will bubble. Just like stew. First one, then the other."
The almond eyes looked steadily at Milwaukee, as if there were not at all a flame between them.
"Just tell us how to get to the woman and I won't hurt you anymore," Milwaukee offered. Although he meant it, he'd have been disappointed in the Indian if he broke; for he felt a rare companionship with the old man that had nothing to do with the business between them but was something in their spirits, something indomitable, something the nervous man by the fire would never understand. Milwaukee knew about the old man, knew how he was strong deep down, knew the information they were after would never come from him. In the end, the living would still be ignorant and the important answers, as always, would reside with the dead.
The second man at the campfire spoke. "Gone soft?" He was a huge man with a shaved head. He lit a fat Cuban cigar with a stick much like Milwaukee held, and he smiled. He smiled because next to himself, Milwaukee was the hardest man he knew. And like Milwaukee, he tolerated the nervous man only because of the money.
"Go on," the nervous man commanded. "Do it, for Christ's sake. I've got to know where she is."
Milwaukee looked deeply into the eyes of the old man, into his soul, and wordlessly, he spoke. Then he tipped the stick. The reflection of the fire filled the old man's right eye.
The old man did not blink.

Copyright © 1999 by William Kent Krueger

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Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
nancylee bouscher More than 1 year ago
Liked the first in the series, but the cost of this one seems over the top....
JCollins More than 1 year ago
I really liked #1, but not paying $12 for an ebook. Will skip it and move on to #3.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first met Cork Oconnor in Iron Lake and I enjoyed to book but when I got to Boundary Waters, I was hooked. William Kent Krueger writes one of the most gripping tales I have ever read. Usually, I can figure out 'who done it' part way through the book. Just when I though I had it figured out, Kent would throw in another twist. I would recommend starting with Iron Lake to meet Cork then on to Boundary Water but hang onto your seat- you won't see the killer coming.
cherilc More than 1 year ago
I just finished the first book in this series and really did enjoy it. I came on to download the next in the series but then saw the price. I guess I'll find a different book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Refreshing change from all the vampires and werewolves!
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
Wow!  So glad I've started reading the Cork O'Connor series....2nd in the series is even better than the first.   Kreuger really places the reader in the setting where this tale unfolds.  The plot is tight and holds the reader's interest throughout.  Just two books in and we see O'Connor is an "every man" - human, flawed, tough, devoted, and "that guy" who will do his best to protect and do what's right.   Supplementing him is an assorted mixture of returning characters, including his kids, wife (or ex-wife), her sister, local law enforcement and the Native Americans who populate the area.    Plenty of twists and turns here, doesn't suspend belief (well, not too far anyway!) and is exactly what so many fans of the Thriller genre enjoy.   Can't wait to keep reading this series and this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cork O'Connor is a common man thrust into uncommon situations. These stories will especially appeal to anyone who has spent time in the "North Woods". As a part-blood "shinob", Cork lives in the world of not fully "white man" or fully Anishinaabe and needs to view the world from both points of view. The story takes many twists and will hold you interest completely. After reading the first story in the series, "Iron Lake", I am hooked and working my way through the entire series. These will be read again and again.
yenta41 More than 1 year ago
I'm new to Mr Krueger's writing and now an avid fan. Being familiar with No MN, his portryal of the area definitely makes you feel your are really there. Enjoyed that our "hero" is not perfect either. Looking forward to next Cork O'Connor episode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Cork O'Connor series that I have read, and I'll probably read others. I love the suspense and mystery Krueger presents in his novels. This book kept me wondering who the good guys and who the bad guys were throughout the book. Thoroughly enjoyed the book!
ZSwamp More than 1 year ago
Although I knew that Cork was going to make it through (more books in the serier)you never knew what was going to happen next. I also like the Indian culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started with #1 in series, Iron Lake, and am now on book #4. Will continue to read the rest of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this one down either. I knew there were a lot of lakes in Minnesota, but this was a good tour of the Boundry Water area. After the first two books, I had to just keep reading right in to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read #1 and could not wait to start #2 and I was not disapointed. I could hardly put it down at night(I'm a bed time reader), so my sleep time was limited. I loved the suspence and surprises were awsome. Cannot wait to stsrt #3, and to see what Cork has in store for the readers.
Dracora More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of the Cork O'Connor books so far and I have up to #7. like any mystery-cop book you get the story of the crime,but what I like is all the local flavor get a lot of history reading this series.did I like it--- you bet
sbJerseygirl More than 1 year ago
Got into the Cork O'Connor series with #1 and just had to go for the second. Excellent writing, great book. I just purchased #4, 5, and 6, so that should say something! He really does bring the characters out and you end up sympathizing, getting mad, and definitely reading after you should be going to bed to find out what happens. WK puts just enough twist to keep you guessing. In this one, keeps you guessing what happens to young singer Shiloh as Cork and others all try to get to her first. The good guys, or is that the bad guys... get it, read it, and find out...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole series from book #1 to book #11 which I just finished. These books havve action, nature, and intrigue. They took me away. Fabulous descriptive quality. You are there.
jastbrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
William Kent Kreuger's mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor seemed, in my mind, to start out relatively slowly. I felt that it wasn't until his fourth or fifth book that he really hit his stride. I'm very thankful that I had bought up his complete series before beginning to read them (based on an enthusiastic review I read of a later book).. otherwise I might have given up on the series early on and missed some really great stories. And in hindsight even the early books have a great deal to offer. The novels are set in rural, northern Minnesota for the most part with the action shifting to The U.P. of Michigan in one story and to Wyoming in another. Mr. Kreuger gives Cork O'Connor a family life that is anything but 'storybook'. From one end to the other this is a loving, but modern family, with real life modern problems that they do manage to get resolved. Fairly early in the series, the stories begin increasingly encompassing Cork's and his family's Native American connection to good advantage!This is a very good and satisfying series which I gobbled up faster and faster towards the end. Now I have to sit and eagerly await the next Cork O'Connor adventure. This is a series where the books could be read as stand alones, but for maximum enjoyment I would strongly recommend reading them in the order that they were written.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Boundary Waters is a canoe area on the Canadian/American border of Minnesota.Cork O'Connor, former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, is asked to help find a young country and western singer missing in the Minnesota wilderness. He is reluctant at first but when he thinks of his own three children, he reconsiders.Shiloh is the daughter of William, "Arkansas Willie," Raye. Raye is a retired singer who manages his daughter's record company. He states that Shiloh had been sending weekly letters but they stopped suddenly. He tells Cork that she wanted some time alone but was also depressed. Now there's a winter storm coming and he's worried.Others are also looking for Shiloh. Federal police believe that she may be a witness to her mother's murder by an Italian gangster, who owns a casino. Apparently, Shiloh had amnesia but now her memory is returning.A studio musician, Elizabeth Dobson claimed that she had some letters from Shiloh and they had important information in the. However Dobson was killed and police think that it is because of the letters.The plot driven novel gives the reader a chance to see Cork O'Connot's resourcefullness as he leads a rescue party through the wilderness area. Accompanying him in the rescue team are, two federal officers, Shiloh's father, a Native American and the Native American's ten-year-old son, Louis Two Knives. Louis is a well mannered boy who learned the wilderness area from his grandfather. He is the trail leader and relates stories of the Native American Indians and history of the area to the others to pass the time.I enjoyed the story and gave it a higher rating due to the characters portrayed and the description of the area and Indian history.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have already bumped the third in this series, PURGATORY RIDGE, to the top of my Recorded Books wishlist. BOUNDARY WATERS was just as gripping as IRON LAKE (my review). I think I could easily listen to or read this series back-to-back and I rarely (if ever) do that. There are so many good characters in the story and the reader cannot get too attached to anyone. That's part of what makes a good suspense read. That and a good suspense story, of course.Cork is still reeling after the death of the woman he loved and trying to make good with his family, then father of the missing country singer comes asking Cork for his help in the search. Very few of the people are who they appear and that just brings extra zing to the intrigue to say the least. Five nothing is at it appears beans......
maneekuhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Completed 5/2/11, rated 4*, second in series, third I've read. Cork and a cast of characters pursue a missing 21 year old country and western singer missing in the boundary waters, a network of streams and lakes separating the US and Canada. Not clear who the bad guys are and who are the good guys, lots of dead bodies though, and there are three men claiming to be Shiloh's daddy. I'm usually not into the back woods kind of stories, but this was very well done. I'd have rated it higher except for the unintentionally strange, almost funny climax in a small cabin in the woods, all of a sudden occupied by most of the cast who have traveled some days via different routes etc, but coincidentally arrive within 5 minutes of each other. A gun goes off and its amazing three bodies don't drop to the floor from a shared bullet. Again there is a theme of growing and surviving without and in some cases in spite of parental support why does this keep coming up? Anyway, good enough to stay with this series for at least a few more books.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second in his Cork O¿Connor series, Boundary Waters by William Ken Krueger is a worthy successor. First off, survival books are among some of my favourites, so the fact that a big part of this book was about canoeing over lakes, portaging along forest trails and camping out in the wilderness only heightened my enjoyment of the book.Shiloh, a country music star, looking for complete isolation, is guided to a cabin deep in the Boundary Waters territory of upper Minnesota. When she is ready to return, her guide is nowhere to be found. Eventually she decides to try and make it out on her own. Meanwhile, Cork O¿Connor meets her father who has come looking for her and agrees to help him. Suddenly both the FBI and a well know mobster show up also trying to locate Shiloh and added to the mix is a mysterious shadow group who appear to also be on the hunt. As a child, Shiloh, witnessed the murder of her mother and from cryptic letters she has written, the theory is that she has remembered that night.Suddenly the beautiful north country woods are teeming with all these different parties, some trying to rescue her, some trying to harm her. Cork O¿Connor knows he is a good guy, but who can he trust?There are a few plot devices that I found over the top, such as mysterious wolves that seem to appear just when needed, but overall this was a very exciting read about a search-and-rescue mission in this beautiful wilderness area.
willowwaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great quick interesting and fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically not possible even as a work of fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really like this author and character------------puts me in mind of C J Box and his Joe Picket series which I love. Will be reading more of these!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did'nt expect such a great story. Especially liked Loius & his wonderful story telling.