Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439153957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439153956

Product Description


With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s unforgettable New York Times bestselling series.

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm.

Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. Whimpering sounds coming from outside the cabin lead them to a tangle of branches toppled by the vicious winds. Underneath the debris, they find a baby boy, hungry and dehydrated, but still very much alive. Powerful forces intent on securing the child pursue them to the isolated Northwest Angle, where it’s impossible to tell who among the residents is in league with the devil. Cork understands that to save his family he must solve the puzzle of this mysterious child whom death follows like a shadow.

“Part adventure, part mystery, and all knockout thriller” (Booklist ), Northwest Angle is a dynamic addition to William Kent Krueger’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series.

About the Author


William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of ten Cork O'Connor novels, including Heaven's Keep and Vermilion Drift. All are available from Atria Books. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at

My Review

I am thrilled that William Kent Krueger is continuing the adventures of Cork O'Connor in this latest in the series titled Northwest Angle.  Northwest Angle refers to an area of Lake of the Woods which is situated on the border between Canada and the United States.  I spent two weeks on Lake of the Woods near Kenora, Ontario when I was twelve so it was a particular thrill for me that Krueger set his latest book there.  This book is not available for two months.  If you haven't read the rest of the series, this will give you time to catch up!

I could not put the advanced reading copy down.  I was mesmerized from the start.  I was on the edge of my seat for much of the book.  Lots of adventure, great characters, great story-telling.  It has everything.

Highly recommend Northwest Angle as well as the rest of William Kent Krueger's wonderful adventure thrillers.

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