Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ray's Reviews: William Kent Krueger's Tamarack County

William Kent Krueger, Cara Black and Libby Fischer Hellman will be discussing their latest books and signing autographs Friday at 7:00 pm at Schuler's Books, 1982 West Grand River Ave. (Meridian Mall), Okemos.

Tamarack County” by William Kent Krueger (Atria, $24.99) is the 13th book in his popular, best-selling series staring Cork O'Connor.

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The Minnesota sheriff-turned-private investigator gets involved in a puzzling case: he's trying to figure out what happened to the elderly wife of a retired local judge.

Evelyn Carter's car has turned up abandoned on a rural road during a blizzard, but she's nowhere to be found. Her husband, suffering from Dementia, is of little help. The search and rescue team, assisted by O'Connor, has few clues.

Meanwhile, it's the holiday season; Anne, O'Connor's younger daughter, has returned home, planning on leaving the religious order she recently joined. Stephen, O'Connor's teen-aged son, has discovered love, but complications arise.

When a large, friendly dog is discovered decapitated nearby, O'Connor begins to wonder if there may be a pattern. Further investigation provides an unusual link – they may be related to a murder case involving O'Connor that took place over 20 years ago.

When it becomes apparent that there's a deviant sociopath on the loose, O'Connor realizes one of his family members may be the next target.

Krueger is in fine form in this superb, highly atmospheric tale, deftly capturing a wide range of emotions and conflicts between assorted characters.

He smoothly utilizes American Indian mysticism and traditional lore as he weaves together a complex, yet believable, plot full of surprises.

If you haven't read any of William Kent Krueger's excellent mysteries, you're in for a real treat!

Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing's Curious Book Shop, 
has reviewed crime novels and Michigan books regularly since 1987.

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