Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review : Cooper River by William Kent Krueger

The next adventure of Irish/Native American sheriff Cork O'Connor finds our hero running from a mafia-like crime boss who has the mistaken idea that Cork has killed his son.  Cork is hiding out in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with his long-lost cousin. To protect his wife and kids back home he has not told them where he is.  He's wounded, out of touch, and trying desparately to find the bad guy who is responsible for the crime so he can go home, be reinstated as Sheriff, and get his life back to normal.

This one was quite different.  The normal cast of characters we've come to know and love play only peripheral roles.  Here we have a new batch of relatives, stories, and troubles. Cork's bodyguard/sidekick in this escapade is a delightful female Dina,  who befriends the cousins particularly a young woman working her way through a very traumatic adolescence. It appears the lovely Miss Dina put in an appearance in one the two previous books that I missed in this series, so I'll definitely be going back to catch up. In this sixth of the series, there seems to be more action, less philosophy of life, but in the end, with the change of scenery and addition of new characters Krueger has freshened and expanded the series and left us still looking forward to the next volume.

These are hard to review at length without giving away the plot, something I hate in mystery reviews.  Suffice it to say that the Native American lore and the strong and colorful descriptions of a very scenic geography provide a robust basis for the exciting cliff-hangar of a plot.  As I said, I need to catch up. I've got one of the two I missed on hold at the library.  Readers would probably be better advised to start at the beginning of the series, although enough back-fill is provided to be able to jump in at this point.

Title: Copper River
Author: William Kent Krueger
Publisher: Atria Books (2009), Edition: Paperback, 336 pages
Genre: Mystery
Subject: murder and detective work
Setting: Bodine Michigan
Series: Cork O'Connor
Source: Public library
Why did I read this book now? Next one in a series I love.


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