Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor Series #11)

Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor Series #11)

by William Kent Krueger
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Northwest Angle (Cork O'Connor Series #11) by William Kent Krueger

With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439172162
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Cork O'Connor Series , #11
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 21,078
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of fourteen previous Cork O'Connor novels, including Tamarack County and Windigo Island, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace, winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for best novel. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at

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harstan More than 1 year ago
On the Canadian border in the Northwest Angle of Minnesota, former sheriff turned private investigator widower Cork O'Conner and his adult child Jenny go on a houseboat vacation together in the Lake of the Woods. When a major storm strikes the remote area the pair seeks safer shelter on an island in the middle of the Ojibwa reservation. The torrent separates father and daughter. Jenny finds a naked female Native American corpse and nearby the body is her dehydrated baby. The victim obviously was tortured before being executed with a bullet to her head. Cork catches up with Jenny and the infant, but the trio is on the run from someone deadly. They obtain help from their Ojibwa family, which enables Cork to investigate who killed Lily Smalldog as he knows his daughter and the baby are safe? The latest Cork O'Conner whodunit (see Vermilion Drift) is a terrific entry as William Kent Krueger uses the murder mystery to enable the audience to see deeper inside the hero. The story line is action-paced starting with the storm and never slows down as a cat and mouse hunt takes center stage. Series fans will welcome the return of Cork in a fabulous thriller just north of the 49th parallel. Harriet Klausner
Dantzr More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Mr. Krueger's books for many years and the one thing that stands out with each of his newly released books... they are better than the previous ones. And Northwest Angle is no exception. Cork O'Connor is at his best in the book and this time his daughter Jenny is a major player and, if you will, action star in her own right. With all of Mr. K's books, we learn a great deal of geographical knowledge and area info. He has a way to make everything seem vivid in the mind while not overly dwelling on the description as other authors seem to want to do. His words seem to imbue an idea in your mind that are just right to explain the sights the characters are seeing. I loved this book and read it in 2 sittings in a 36 hour period. Had to work sometime, eh. This is a book to grab and hang onto. Buy it now!!!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger is the eleventh book in the Cork O'Connor series. Cork has taken his family of sister-in-law Rose and her husband, Mal, and three kids: Anne, Jenny, and Stephen, away up north to the Lake of the Woods on vacation, to help them all recover from the events of the past few books. He wants to spend some time alone with Jenny and talk with her about her growing relationship with boyfriend, Aaron, but all of his plans are shaken when a huge storm called a derecho blows up, separating Cork and Jenny from the rest of the family. The pair discover a murdered woman's body and upon hearing some strange noises from the forest, find her weeks old baby boy. They soon find themselves hunted by a mysterious man who may have killed the woman, and Cork is disturbed by Jenny's growing bond with the infant. When the family is finally united they find themselves cut off from the rest of the world and facing an unexpected enemy. Krueger writes thrilling crime novels that are less about the crime and more about the characters. He wants to know how people would react to the horror of murder, and his stories are almost psychological profiles. By focusing on how each character is feeling and reacting, the reader is pulled deeply into the story. Unlike many series that have sequels into the double digits, Krueger's characters still feel very fresh because they grow personally with each story. Revisiting the O'Connor family in this book felt like catching up with good friends, so every twist and turn feels very personal and real.
Bevs-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Kept me captive through the entire story. Krueger just keeps getting better in his stories about Cork and his mysteries to solve. It took me quite a while to figure out who the real bad guys were in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Krueger's books and this is in the top three of all his books. It is exciting from page 1 to the end. It is a must read! I enjoyed how strong the personalities of Cork's family were strengthened as they had to deal with all the storm issues in order to save themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series never lets you down. Always a great story.
Divco More than 1 year ago
The entire series is a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the area and the book.
pagemage More than 1 year ago
"Northwest Angle" is a well-written, well-characterized mystery. Although murder mysteries are not "my genre," this is the second Krueger book I've read and enjoyed immensely. the books are not solely about the solution of the mystery, but are about people you will come to like and situations beyond the murder to be solved. The Northwest Angle is that little northern notch at the northern border of Minnesota. Its unique and interesting geographical make-up plays a large part in this book.
r_rickweed More than 1 year ago
The Cork O'Connor series never gets stale. Here is yet another fresh example of the lives of the O'Connor clan's struggle for normalcy in the wake of a previous tragedy. Their committment to each other and love for one another is enviable. This work contains all of the ingredients that Kent Krueger is so well known for - suspense, wonderful pacing, and lessons of life that all of us should take note of.
MontanaRocks More than 1 year ago
I love the series and can't wait for the next one.
Sue Wagner More than 1 year ago
William Krueger has out done himself on this one. Love the Northwest Angle! Including the history of the 1999 storm was something I was not aware of (lived in Oregon at that time). GOOD READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really like the whole series but this one is the best !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loveed it
xxzz More than 1 year ago
Northwest Angle is typical Krueger, fast paced and with just enough twists to keep you interested. Good guys win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have already ordered the sequel. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began reading Krueger's books because I live in Minnesota, love the North Shore and am an avid mystery fan. The Cork O'Connor series has been fun to follow and I have enjoyed all in the series. The Northwest Angle did not disappoint me. Little is known by most Minnesotans regarding this area of Minnesota geography and therefore the setting interested me. His books are not easy to put down and I look forward to many more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Minnesota, which makes the Cork O'Connor series even more special!! Most of all I love the blending of the Native culture and modern world. Please give us more wonderful books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I have read all of Krueger's books.
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John_F48 More than 1 year ago
This story follows a well used idea of a using another member of the familly in a new location in the old Northwest Territory. The plot is predictable to the extent that I was suspicious of Bascombe and the scenario concerning Noah Smalldog before I was half-way through the story; otherwise, it is well written continuation of the Cork O'Connor familly saga.
trilliant More than 1 year ago
After every book I read in this series, I say that it is absolutely the best work of William Kent Krueger. I guess now I have to say that each book tops the one before as this author's writing is continually getting better. I love his attention to detail so you can feel, hear, smell and taste every word he writes. I cannot wait to start the next book in the series! I hope there are many more books because I am hooked! I love, love, love the O'Connor family and their stories and adventures.
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