William Kent Krueger has delivered a find novel in "Northwest Angle.' This is a story with picturesque settings, a suspenseful plot that is unpredictable, and a strong message about life.
Cork O'Connor takes his family on a vacation on a houseboat.
When a destructive storm develops suddenly, Cork and his daughter, Jenny, are separated from the others and land on one of the many isolated islands on the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota on the U.S. Canadian border.
Separated by the storm, Jenny arrives at the island first and hers the faint whimper of a baby. Later, she discovers the body of a young woman who had been murdered. The woman showed signs of being tortured and Jenny assumes that the woman was the baby's mother.
As Jenny and Cork ponder their rescue, they wonder who killed the girl and what to do if the killer returned.
This is not only a mystery but a story of good against evil. Cork's sister-in-law and her husband are both religious and there are a number of times during the story that these characters and others, consider their faith and why would God let certain things happen.
The story is rich in American Indian history. Cork is part Ojibwe and can relate to the other American Indians. It is Cork's son, Stephen, who demonstrates his spirituality and communication ability with other American Indian characters.
I read the story compulsively and enjoyed the characters while wondering how they would escape from the situation they were in. The twist in the plot that the author provided added to the intelligence of the story and the satisfaction with the conclusion.
This is my second Cork O'Connor mystery by William Kent Krueger. The first was Heaven's Keep, which was okay, but this book is much better at starting the action right from the get-go and keeping it going. As with Heaven's Keep, which involved Cork's wife, Jo, being in danger, this one primarily involves his daughter, Jenny, though multiple members of Cork's family are in the periphery. Also like the other book, Native Americans play a major role (Cork is part Ojibwe). Cork … more
“William Kent Krueger can’t write a bad book.Northwest Angleis one of his best. A complex crime novel that contains meditations on the difficulties of loving and the paths we take to reach God, this Cork O’Connor novel has everything you want in a great read: depth, action, and credibility.” —Charlaine Harris, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofDead Reckoning
“Part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller. . . Catch-your breath suspense throughout.” —Booklist
“Solid storytelling and intriguing characterizations combine for a sobering look at the power of family and faith and Native American culture. Krueger never writes the same book twice as each installment finds him delving deeper into Cork's psyche.” —Publishers Weekly(starred)