Pocket Star Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780671016975, 464pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 1999
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
Edgar Award-winning author of Practice to Deceive
Iron Lake is an explosive brew: one part James Ellroy, one part Stephen King, one part Jack London, and all parts terrific...A truly remarkable first novel.
Author of Past Tense
Iron Lake is as powerful as a Minnesota blizzard...
The Drood Review
I can't remember reading a better first novel than this one....
Author of Low Rider
Iron Lake is that rare combination: a page turner and a deeply felt character study.