THUNDER BAY sees the return of Cork O'Connor. He's left the
police force and is beginning a new life as a private
investigator in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota. While he
gets his P.I. business off the ground, he makes ends meet
as owner/operator of Sam's Place, a small burger joint. His
new quiet life is disrupted when his friend Henry Meloux,
an Ojibwe medicine man, asks him to find the son he
fathered many years ago.
Without much to go on, Cork is able to narrow his search to
one man, Henry Wellington, a wealthy recluse living in
Thunder Bay, Ontario. Things get a bit complicated when an
attempt is made on Henry's life and it appears that the
attempt was made at the behest of Wellington. Why someone,
especially the man who might be his son, would want to kill
Meloux becomes as important to Cork as finding Meloux's
son. Cork's investigation leads him into the wilds of
Canada and to the part when he learns Meloux's story of
love and treachery in the 1920s, a treachery that spans the
years and eventually means trouble for Cork.
William Kent Kruger has crafted a compelling tale in
his latest Cork O'Connor mystery. What I enjoyed most about
this book, having read it as someone new to the series, is
that the story is told by Cork and doesn't jump around in
time. Kruger's writing style makes you feel like you're
sitting with Cork over coffee while he tells you the story.
You feel like he's a real person -- not a hero in a novel.
He's an ordinary guy who reacts to extraordinary
circumstances like you or I would, though he does have
quite a bit more luck on his side. I also like that Kruger
doesn't use flowery speech or endless descriptions of
Cork's surroundings, and yet, when he's describing the
wilds of Canada, you get the sense that he truly finds
beauty and peace in it.
The story in THUNDER BAY is intriguing and flows
seamlessly. When reading it, you really feel like you're
there with Cork and you don't want to stop reading until
you know the whole story. Don't read this top-notch mystery
at night unless you have nothing to do the next morning,
for you won't want to stop reading until it's finished.
Fan favorite Cork O'Connor is back in his hometown of
Aurora, Minnesota. He's left his badge behind and is ready
for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a small-
town private investigator. But being back at the place
where he began comes with its own set of challenges when
Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man who is also Cork's
spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son
that Henry fathered long ago?
With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to
locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive
industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. When a murder
attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north
across the border. But why would Wellington want his father
dead? This question takes Cork on a journey through history
as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventures in
the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, where he fell in love
with a woman outside his culture and spiraled into a trap
of treachery, greed, and murder - a trap that will threaten
Cork O'Connor in this vivid and suspenseful page turner.