Tamarack County

Tamarack County

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Like many men and women who've worn a badge for a good part of their lives, Corcoran Liam O'Connor was cursed. Twice cursed, in reality. Cursed with memory and cursed with imagination."

Tamarack County, Minnesota, the gateway to the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Within its borders lie a million acres of deep forest, a thousand crystal clear lakes, and a few quiet towns. This is the place that, for most of his life, sheriff-turned-private investigator Cork O'Connor has called home.

As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road. After days without any leads, the search-and-rescue team, assisted by O'Connor, has little hope of finding her alive, if at all.

Early on, Cork notices small details about the woman's disappearance that tell a disturbing story. And when the beloved pet dog of a friend is found decapitated, he begins to detect a startling pattern of ominous incidents throughout the area. Then Cork's son is nearly killed, and he knows this is no trick of his imagination. Someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison.

As the threat of violence continues, so does life in the O'Connor household. Anne, Cork's younger daughter, comes home, having determined that she's going to leave her religious order. Teenaged Stephen is in love for the first time, and Cork is being courted as well, even as he struggles to redefine life without his wife, killed several years ago. What they all discover is that love, too, can be a curse. It can cause the greatest euphoria and the most profound despair. It can inspire forgiveness and understanding, passion and desire. It can provoke jealousy and rage. It can bring on betrayal and even murder.

With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere behind the blind of all the darkness and drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work, and Cork has only hours to stop it before his family and his friends will be forced to pay the ultimate price for the sins of others.

Full of riveting suspense, fascinating characters, and set in a gorgeous yet unforgiving landscape, Tamarack County is an outstanding addition to an award-winning series that mystery lovers can't get enough of.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2013, ♭2013
ISBN: 9781451645750
Branch Call Number: KRUE
Characteristics: viii, 309 pages

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tstadheim
May 26, 2017

A good story with helpful history of Ojibwe. A must-read for any Minnesotan.

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ndexter
Jul 16, 2014

Having no knowledge of the Ojibwe Native Americans, I found Krueger's brief descriptions of their; heritage culture, customs, rituals, religious pursuits, beliefs and individual characters, etc, very informative. I was also impressed with the creativity of the use of the aforementioned as a setting and back-drop for the storyline and plot, as well as social issues such as ritual religious ideology, verses traditional religious belief, of gay/ lesbian. Although there is a good crime tale, and Corcoran O'Connor are key to the novel, I'm not fond of of the inclusion of children in a psuedo Nancy Drew capacity in any adult murder mystery.

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maipenrai
Apr 21, 2014

*** 1/2 stars As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road in Tamarack County. After days of fruitless effort, the search-and-rescue team has little hope that she?ll be found alive, if at all. Cork O?Connor, former sheriff and now private investigator, is part of that team. Early on, Cork notices small things about the woman?s disappearance that disturb him. But when the beloved pet dog of a friend is brutally killed and beheaded, he begins to see a startling pattern in these and other recent dark occurrences in the area. After his own son is endangered, Cork understands that someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old, for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison. With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere inside drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work. And Cork has only hours to stop it before his family and his friends pay the ultimate price. **** This is the 13th Cork O'Connor mystery. This was not my favorite of the series, but I have become attached to Mr. Krueger's characters and always enjoy the Minnesota connection. Recommend strongly.

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deRougemont
Jan 09, 2014

An excellent addition to this fine series .

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lpreston214
Nov 19, 2013

I loved this book. I think it's one of the best of the series. Tons of action and suspense involving Cork O'Connor and his family. I like how there were multiple storylines with his family. I always like the personal, character stuff in these mystery series. Even those who have not read the whole series would enjoy this book. The author explains much of each character's backstory but in an unobtrusive way so nothing is lost. SO glad I didn't give up on the series after Trickster's point.

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