Tamarack County (Cork O'Connor Series #13)

Tamarack County (Cork O'Connor Series #13)

by William Kent Krueger
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Tamarack County (Cork O'Connor Series #13) by William Kent Krueger

Violence and murder blow into Minnesota’s sleepy Tamarack County as ex-sheriff Cork O’Connor returns in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s New York Times bestselling series.

“Like many men and women who’ve worn a badge for a good part of their lives, Corcoran Liam O’Connor was cursed. Twice cursed, in reality. Cursed with memory and cursed with imagination.”

Tamarack County, Minnesota, 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. This is the place that, for most of his life, sheriff-turned-private investigator Cork O’Connor has called home.

As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road. After days without any leads, the search-and-rescue team, assisted by O’Connor, has little hope of finding her alive, if at all.

Early on, Cork notices small details about the woman’s disappearance that tell a disturbing story. And when the beloved pet dog of a friend is found decapitated, he begins to detect a startling pattern of ominous incidents throughout the area. Then Cork’s son is nearly killed, and he knows this is no trick of his imagination. Someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison.

As the threat of violence continues, so does life in the O’Connor household. Anne, Cork’s younger daughter, comes home, having determined that she’s going to leave her religious order. Teenaged Stephen is in love for the first time, and Cork is being courted as well, even as he struggles to redefine life without his wife, killed several years ago. What they all discover is that love, too, can be a curse. It can cause the greatest euphoria and the most profound despair. It can inspire forgiveness and understanding, passion and desire. It can provoke jealousy and rage. It can bring on betrayal and even murder.

With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere behind the blind of all the darkness and drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work, and Cork has only hours to stop it before his family and his friends will be forced to pay the ultimate price for the sins of others.

Full of riveting suspense, fascinating characters, and set in a gorgeous yet unforgiving landscape, Tamarack County is an outstanding addition to an award-winning series that mystery lovers can’t get enough of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451645750
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Cork O'Connor Series , #13
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of seventeen 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 WilliamKentKrueger.com.

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Tamarack County: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
RayHubble More than 1 year ago
I love Cork O'Connor novels. WIlliam Kent Krueger is clearly one of my favorite authors. Tamarack County is another great book in the Cork O'Connor series. You can practically feel the chill of the winter in this story. It is full of may plot twists and the mystery is balanced by a wonderful view of O'Connor's family life. High marks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read in this series. The book was excellent, and I plan to read the others in the series.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once a Cork O'Connor fan, forever it will be. Great story to continue this line. Can't wait for more.
Star_Prairie_reader More than 1 year ago
Another winner by William Kent Krueger! I read it in one day. The story moves swiftly and puts the reader right in the middle of the action. Included in the novel are the stressors of life today and a good dose of Native American culture. Tamarack County joins the other Cork O'Connor stories on my bookshelf!
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Cherieq More than 1 year ago
I love the stories and the family. I love the twists and turns in his books. He has been added to my list of all time favorite authors.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much O'Connor family issues, not enough mystery& suspence!! Cork was indecisive and wishy-washy. This is not one of the better Cork O'Connor series. Talk, talk, talk. Little crime plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hate to seethe end of Cork O'Connor but could have done without the lesbian story line in this one . Otherwise great book.
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Bookish1KP More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! I have read many of the Cork O'Connor books and every one of them is good. The stories are incredible and I like the way they are written! If you want to try them it is best if you read them in order ... but not necessary. Give one a try!
TC66MN More than 1 year ago
I love this series as a whole, and couldn't put this book down. I can't wait to read the next one!
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Like all his books the descritions are vivid and the mystery always intriguing.
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John_F48 More than 1 year ago
This novel begins with a reflection on the events that start a process of reflection within the O'Connor family. The senseless death of the wife of a retired cremudgen judge near the Christmas holidays. Anne comes home genuinely shaken to the point of loosing her sense of purpose and Cork now a member of Tamarack County's search and rescue team must wait for his daughter to resolve her issues while he and other try to find Evelyn. The story twists through to the fruitless search for the body of Evelyn, her twisted logic killer and his actions as they affect the O'Connor family. Finally, we have to recoginize that even someone who has renounced the use of guns and blood can be pushed to brink of righteous murder and has to have someone stop the rage, Anne.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be below standard when compared to other mystery writers. Endless descriptions of people and places that went nowhere, very weak plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-my clothes fall to the ground as i step in the shower-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't read it.
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Silvertipgriz More than 1 year ago
Whether you're looking for a story about Minnesota, native culture, small town life, family togetherness, or continuity of corruption in a rural county, this book has it! Then add a hero who cares about that family, law and order, and his Native heritage, and a villain who definitely is not typical, wow, what a good read.