Red Knife (Cork O'Connor Series #8)

Red Knife (Cork O'Connor Series #8)

by William Kent Krueger
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Red Knife (Cork O'Connor Series #8) by William Kent Krueger

The newest book in William Kent Krueger's award-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic private investigator caught in the middle of a racial gang war that's turning picturesque Tamarack County, Minnesota, into a bloody battlefield.

When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

Both sides look to Cork O'Connor, a man of mixed heritage, to uncover the truth behind the murders. A former sheriff, Cork has lived, fought, and nearly died to keep the small-town streets and his family safe from harm. He knows that violence is never a virtue, but he believes that it's sometimes a necessary response to the evil that men do. Racing to find answers before the bloodshed spreads, Cork himself becomes involved in the darkest of deeds. As the unspeakable unfolds in the remote and beautiful place he calls home, Cork is forced to confront the horrific truth: Violence is a beast that cannot be contained.

In Red Knife, Krueger gives his readers a vivid picture of racial conflict in small-town America, as well as a sensitive look at the secrets we keep from even those closest to us and the destructive nature of all that is left unsaid between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416580218
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 09/03/2008
Series: Cork O'Connor Series , #8
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 23,468
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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Red Knife (Cork O'Connor Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Zubby More than 1 year ago
Great story. Sometimes a little more complicated than it needs to be but you can stay with it, and most of the characters, as you turn the pages. Just when you think it's over, it's not! Krueger ties up everything at the end. Sub plots and all. Just the way a good story should end. I am ordering "Thunder Bay".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cork O'Connor, former sheriff and now a private investigator, shines on the pages as always. Time is well spent with Cork O'Connor. There are the twists and turns, violence but not just for the sake of violence, family first values and the workings of a small town. I try to take my time reading my annual 'Cork' book but end up racing thru the pages. Always a winner !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So readers know, Mr. Krueger and I are very well-acquainted. This is his eighth entry in a powerful award-winning series about Corcoran O¿Conner, family man, ex-sheriff, sometime private investigator, and an upright and very moral man. O¿Connor¿s life is complicated by his staunch roots in both Native American and Caucasian ethnicity. His life is also complicated by his two daughters, a son, and his feisty, bright and somewhat uptight wife, Jo. Their communication at times seems as obtuse as between strangers from different worlds. There are times in this story when this reader would like to reach out and kick O¿Connor in his well-shaped backside. Krueger has carefully shaped each episode in this long family saga to explore significant and troubling aspects of our modern society. Red Knife is no different. It begins with a significant and violent episode in the life of a young Ojibwa boy. The story then commences to explore in some detail the influences of violence in our society. The genius of this storyteller, aside from his consummate storytelling skills is that he is careful to avoid sweeping polemical statements. The novel examines some of the causes of violence in intimate and personal ways. Then it goes beyond the acts themselves, almost always leaving to reader to sort out her or his own reactions to the violence. Red Knife commences to also explore how violence can affect individuals not directly engaged in the violence itself family members, friends and even enemies, members of the law enforcement community, and those on the periphery. And always there is that layer of intimate struggle for understanding and connection between Jo and Cork O¿Connor. I don¿t wish to suggest this is a heavily violent novel. It is not. It is, rather, a smoothly written, carefully plotted and laid out examination of an intimate group of individuals, some of whom are family members, some not, and their responses to the violence they experience and observe. Krueger has produced a thoughtful, richly textured human novel, one that most readers, I suspect, will remember and think about long after they close the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While there is not always harmony in rural Minnesota especially in Tamarack County between the Anglos and the Native Americans who reside on the Ojibwe Reservation, there is respect. Now there is a war coming ever since Alexander Kingbird formed the gang the Red Boyz, who affirm that Anglo law does not apply to them rumors fly they are part of the illegal drug pipeline. Kristi Reinhardt died from a dose of Meth given to her by the Red Boyz whose name is Thunder. Buck Reinhardt want the leader of the Red Boyz gang dead as Kingbird defies the law hiding Thunder on the Rez.------------- Alexander asks part Ojibwe former sheriff and current private detective Cork O¿Connor to arrange a meeting with Buck so that the Red Boyz leader can assure the grieving angry man that justice will be done. He fears that if he takes matters into his own hands, a heated race war will ignite. However, before that can occur Alexander and his wife Rayette are executed almost immediately afterward Buck is killed in a drive by shooting. Tensions have boiled over between the two groups with Cork believing only the hidden Thunder is able to ease the rising conflict before an open war explodes.------------------ The Cork O¿Connor mysteries are consistently some of the best regional whodunits. Cork has switched from law enforcement to private detective work, but though at times he misses his former job not in this case he is thankful that he is no longer a sheriff as he has to go outside the law to insure justice occurs and a deadly war prevented. The story line is told from various viewpoints so the reader obtains a deep understanding of the Ojibwe need for the youth to know and cherish their heritage while many of the Anglo sees that as ironically an internal form of immigration. William Kent Kreuger is at his best with this strong thriller as his hero struggles to stop a lethal range war that will only harm everyone.----------------- Harriet Klausner
kurtmiller12345 More than 1 year ago
"Red Knife", by William Kent Krueger takes place in Minnesota on an Indian Reservation. The Red Boyz are the trouble-makers and the gang on the reservation; they are thought to be responsible for a girl's death, the daughter of Buck Reinhardt, a hard-nosed individual with quite a temper. Cork O'Connor, the main character solves various murder cases that are linked together; the first includes Rayette and Alexander (a.k.a. Alejandro). They are originally thought to be killed by Buck Reinhardt, and this rumor causes more and more violence to erupt throughout and around the reservation. Overall, the theme of the book of the book is that violence should not be responded to with more violence. The murder of Rayette and Alexander Kingbird towards the beginning of the book causes more violence throughout the reservation. Many people's lives are taken, and if this moral was followed, most of it would not have happened. Violence alone causes pain and sorrow, and more of it only devastates further. This book was very fast-paced, and had a lot of detail, which at times was quite difficult to follow. However, this book was well written and its theme can be applied to life today. This book should be read by everyone, because the acts of violence that take place within it teach everyone a lesson. Violence should not be inflicted unless absolutely necessary, because it causes causes remorse.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
"The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation." (Numbers 14:18)  In Krueger's 8th Cork O'Connor novel, many issues cause much violence a small town in Minnesota. Conflicts between the Ojibwe Indians and the white population bring Cork into the conflict even though he is no longer sheriff. Though Cork has promised his family to stay out of these situations, someone shooting at him and his 7 year old son, brings him into the middle of everything.  Different groups amongst the Ojibwe are in conflict, the whites and Ojibwe don't always trust each other, drugs cause death and violence, revenge causes quick deadly violence, and bulling and neglect causes unspeakable tragedy. Can violence really stop further violence? I continue to find these Cork O'Conner novels more than just entertaining.  They are atmospheric, with flawed but honest characters, that also deal with difficult moral and ethical community and personal issues.  Love it when a book is good reading, but also makes me think!  I listened to this on Audible and really enjoyed the narrator.
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I like Krueger's series on Cork O'Connor and think this is one of his best. This is a great book for mystery fans and interesting for people who also like Indian light history along with following the family of Cork O'Connor.
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Each one of the books in this series that I have read, I say to myself, this has got to be the best book William Kent Krueger has written in the Cork O'Connor series. Then I open the next book in the series, in this case "Red Knife", and I can truthfully say, this is the best in the series! Of the books I have read... LOL!) If you haven't read it, you are missing out! It is a story that is so current with some of the things that are happening in the USA today. You just have to read it, that is all!
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I highly recommend the Cork O'Connor series. I am on #9 and still not bored with them.
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topperfinn More than 1 year ago
Love a series of books and these are so great, I read it all night. I was surprised when the sun came up and I was still reading. Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Krueger did it again
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Bevs-Reviews More than 1 year ago
William Kent Krueger tells a great story and the books get better with each addition to the series.
McSusan More than 1 year ago
This Cork O'Connor book is a continuation of Mercy Falls. There's a bounty on Cork so he escapes to UP Michigan to hideout but he can run but not hide. The thugs follow him. All turns out well eventually as he also makes a few other things right along the way. If you like the predominantly northern Minnesota, small town setting and are interested in colorful, genuine, characters, you will love the entire Cork O'Connor series starting with Iron Lake.
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Enjoyed this one.