Boundary Waters : Cork O'Connor

  • by William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by David Chandler
  • Series: Cork O'Connor
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans.
The Quetico-Superior Wilderness: more than two million acres of forest, white-water rapids, and uncharted islands on the Canadian/American border. Somewhere in the heart of this unforgiving territory, a young woman named Shiloh - a country-western singer at the height of her fame - has disappeared.
Her father arrives in Aurora, Minnesota, to hire former sheriff Cork O'Connor to find his daughter, and Cork joins a search party that includes an ex-con, two FBI agents, and a 10-year-old boy. Others are on Shiloh's trail as well - men hired not just to find her, but to kill her.
As the expedition ventures deeper into the wilderness, strangers descend on Aurora, threatening to spill blood on the town's snowy streets. Meanwhile, out on the Boundary Waters, winter falls hard. Cork's team of searchers loses contact with civilization, and like the brutal winds of a Minnesota blizzard, death - violent and sudden - stalks them.

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What the Critics Say

“Krueger’s writing, strong and bold yet with the mature mark of restraint, pulls this exciting search-and-rescue mission through with a hard yank.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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An Engaging But Violent Wilderness Outdoor Mystery

Ok so to be honest I was surprised by the level of violence in this entry in the Cork O'Connor Series. Krueger really makes his villains evil--so prepare yourself for some nasty dealings. I know that the contrast is needed to show just what a great guy Cork is--but really some parts were over the top. I have to say up front that my favorite aspect of this series is when Cork's family and neighbors all take more central roles. I also think that the author writes of native American folklore and the wild beauty of Minnesota perfectly.

To my mind there were a few boggy spots involving the plot as the story progressed. I also found myself stuck with about 3 hours to go in the book and couldn't move forward. Maybe it was all the destruction and violence? Not sure, but I had to take a break. I went off and listened to Hillbilly Elegy (eyeopening and harrowing) and Louise Penny's The Long Road Home (really soggy and ultra slow). I found that when I returned to finish Boundary Waters I had a renewed interest and in the end all was not lost.

I will continue with the series and try the next book. Do be aware that if violence disturbs you this book might just be too much. I hope that the balance found in the first book of the series, which I really enjoyed, returns. Recommended with reservations.
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Still disappointing..

Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or David Chandler?

no, two is enough.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story line itself could have been very interesting but so much of it was predictable.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

George Guidall would have been wonderful!!


Did Boundary Waters inspire you to do anything?

not try anymore of the books in this series...


Any additional comments?

I travel a great deal and I listen to audiobooks so I'm always looking for good series books. I had high hopes for this series but I won't be listening to anymore of them. They were compared to the Longmire books which I love and have listened to twice. Maybe that comparison clouded my review, this book in no way compares to the Longmire series.....

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- gloria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books