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Friday, 7 October 2016
‘Manitou Canyon’ by William Kent Krueger
Of the fifteen volumes in the excellent Cork O’Connor series, this latest is one of the best. It finds Cork in the midst of at least two conspiracies during which he probably learns more about himself than he has in a long time. It is November, a month in which he has undergone several tragedies, including the death of his wife. In a depressed mood, his daughter’s wedding looms in a couple of weeks.
The Cork is approached by the grandchildren of a boyhood friend he has not seen in decades, who has gone missing in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, to try to find the man despite a two-week search-and-rescue operation having failed and efforts called off. Instead of the couple of days by which Cork promised his daughter to return, he and the accompanying granddaughter go missing as well. And this leads to some of the best writing and descriptions in a series that abounds in such efforts as Cork and the woman are captured and with their captors trudge and canoe northward to Canada.
Meanwhile back home Cork’s family and friends realize something has gone wrong and they fly to Raspberry Lake looking for him. With winter setting in, it becomes a race not only for survival for the group that captured Cork, but also for his rescuers. As is usual, the author gives the reader deep insight not only into Ojibwe culture but the Northwoods environment in which the story takes place. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Theodore Feit
William Kent Krueger was born 16 November 1950 in Torrington Wyoming USA. He was educated at Stanford University. He is an American author and crime writer, best known for his Cork O'Connor series of books, which are set mainly in Minnesota, USA. In 2005 and 2006, he won back-to-back Anthony Awards for best novel.
Ted and Gloria Feit live in Long Beach, NY, a few miles outside New York City. For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in lower Manhattan. Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine grandchildren between them.