Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former Sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, population 3,752. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe, out of work, divorced, and separated from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine and guilt. Once a Chicago beat cop, there's not much left in life to shock him. But when local judge Robert Parrant is brutally murdered, and Eagle Scout Paul LeBeau is reported missing,, Cork takes on the case. Asked by LeBeau's panicked mother to find her son, the former Sheriff begins an investigation that grows icier than a Minnesota lake on a winter midnight. The new Sheriff is destroying evidence, and a paramilitary group orders Cork to forget th case. There's a small-town secret with big-time implications just below the icy surface, and Cork has turned the heat up to defrost. Read by Jerry Sciarrio. 11 CD's 11.5 Hrs.
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Short story specialist William Kent Krueger brings a fresh take on some familiar elements and a strong sense of atmosphere to his first mystery. Chicago cop Cork O'Connor and his lawyer-wife Jo moved back to his northern Minnesota hometown of Aurora to improve their quality of life, but it hasn't worked. Cork became the local sheriff, but lost an election after a disagreement between local Indians and whites over fishing rights turned deadly. Then his marriage broke up, with Jo becoming a successful advocate for tribal rights and Cork reduced to running a scruffy restaurant and gift shop. As the book starts, Cork is feeling guilty about sleeping with a warm-hearted waitress and still hoping to get back with Jo and their three children. Drawn into the disappearance of an Indian newsboy, which coincides with the apparent suicide of a former judge, O'Connor clashes with a newly elected senator--the judge's son and Jo's lover--as well as with the town's new sheriff and some tribal leaders getting rich on gambling concessions. Krueger quickly makes Cork a real person beneath his genre garments, mostly by showing him trying to deal with the needs of his two very different teenage daughters. And the author's deft eye for the details of everyday life brings the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life. --Dick AdlerAbout 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 WilliamKentKrueger.com.
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