Iron Lake

Iron Lake

By William Kent Krueger; Will Krueger

Pocket Star Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780671016975, 464pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1999

Description
William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" "(Kirkus Reviews), " Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country -- and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
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.


About the Author
For the last twenty years, William Kent Krueger has made his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two children. His Cork O Connor novels, Iron Lake (winner of the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Barry Award), Boundary Waters, Purgatory Ridge, Blood Hollow (winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Mercy Falls (winner of the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel) - as well as the political thriller The Devil s Bed - are available from Atria Books.



Praise For Iron Lake

David Housewright
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.


Stephen Greenleaf
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....


Philip Reed
Author of Low Rider

Iron Lake is that rare combination: a page turner and a deeply felt character study.