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William Kent Krueger is an American novelist and crime writer, best known for his series of novels featuring Cork O'Connor, which are set mainly in Minnesota. In 2005 and 2006, he won back-to-back Anthony Awards for best novel. In 2014, his stand-alone book Ordinary Grace won the Edgar Award for Best Novel of 2013. Biographical details Krueger has said that he wanted to be a writer from the third grade when his story "The Walking Dictionary" was praised by his teacher and parents.He attended Stanford University, but his academic path was cut short when he came into conflict with the university's administration during student protests of spring 1970. Throughout his early life, he supported himself by logging timber, digging ditches, working in construction, and being published as a freelance journalist; he never stopped writing.He wrote short stories and sketches for many years, but it was not until the age of 40 that he finished the manuscript of his first novel, Iron Lake. It won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award for Best First Novel, the Minnesota Book Award, and the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award.Krueger is married and has two children. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Writing influences Krueger has said his favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. He grew up reading Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James T. Farrell. Most influential among these was Hemingway. In an interview for Shots magazine, Krueger described his admiration for Hemingway's prose: His prose is clean, his word choice perfect, his cadence precise and powerful. He wastes nothing. In Hemingway, what's not said is often the whole point of a story. I like that idea, leaving the heart off the page so that the words, the prose itself, is the first thing to pierce you. Then the meaning comes. As a mystery genre writer, Krueger credits Tony Hillerman and James Lee Burke as his strongest influences. Writing process Krueger prefers to write early in the morning. He began writing in his 30s and had to make time for writing early in the morning before going to work at the University of Minnesota. Rising at 5:30 am, he would go to the nearby St. Clair Broiler, where he would drink coffee and write longhand in wire-bound notebooks. In return for his loyalty, the restaurant has hosted book launches for him. At one of them, the staff wore T-shirts emblazoned with "A nice place to visit. A great place to die." The St. Clair Broiler permanently closed in the fall of 2017. Setting for the Cork O'Connor series When Krueger decided to set the series in northern Minnesota, he realized that a large percentage of the population was of mixed ancestry. In college, he had wanted to become a cultural anthropologist; he became intrigued by researching the Ojibwe culture and weaving the information into his books. His books are set in and around Native American reservations. The main character, Cork O'Connor, is part Ojibwe and part Irish. History was a study in futility. Because people never learned. Century after century, they committed the same atrocities against one another or against the earth, and the only thing that changed was the magnitude of the slaughter... Conscience was a devil that plagued the individual. Collectively, a people squashed it as easily as stepping on a daisy. Krueger has read the first Ojibwe historian, William Whipple Warren, Gerald Vizenor and Basil Johnston. He has also read novels by Louise Erdrich and Jim Northrup. Krueger began to meet the Ojibwe people and because of his interest in their culture.Krueger believes that the sense of place is made resonant by the actions and emotions of the characters within it. He describes it as "a dynamic bond that has the potential to heighten the drama of every scene." Bibliography Cork O'Connor Iron Lake Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (1998), ISBN 0-671-01696-2 Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, paperback (1999), ISBN 0-671-01697-0 Recorded Books (2010), ISBN 1-4407-5520-5, ISBN 978-1-4407-5520-0 Boundary Waters Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (1999), ISBN 0-671-01698-9 Recorded Books (2010), ISBN 1-4407-5524-8, ISBN 978-1-4407-5524-8 Purgatory Ridge Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2001), ISBN 0-671-04753-1 Recorded Books (2010), ISBN 1-4407-5528-0, ISBN 978-1-4407-5528-6 Blood Hollow Atria, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2004), ISBN 0-7434-4586-4 Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, paperback (2005), ISBN 0-7434-4587-2 Mercy Falls Atria, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2005), ISBN 0-7434-4588-0 Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, paperback (2006), ISBN 0-7434-4589-9 Copper River Atria, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2006), ISBN 0-7432-7840-2 Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, paperback (2007), ISBN 1-4165-1446-5 Thunder Bay Atria, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2007), ISBN 0-7432-7841-0 Atria Books, trade paperback (2009), ISBN 978-1-4391-5782-4 Red Knife Atria Books, hardcover (2008), ISBN 978-1-4165-5674-9 Atria Books, trade paperback (2009), ISBN 978-1-4165-5675-6 Heaven's Keep Atria Books, hardcover (2009), ISBN 978-1-4165-5676-3 Atria Books, trade paperback (2010), ISBN 978-1416556770 Vermilion Drift Atria Books, hardcover (2010), ISBN 978-1439153840 Atria Books, trade paperback (2011), ISBN 978-1439153871 Northwest Angle Atria Books, hardcover (2011), ISBN 978-1439153956 Atria Books, trade paperback (2012), ISBN 978-1439153963 Trickster's Point Atria Books, hardcover (2012), ISBN 978-1451645675 Atria Books, trade paperback (2013), ISBN 978-1451645712 Tamarack County Atria Books, hardcover (2013), ISBN 978-1451645750 Atria Books, trade paperback (2014), ISBN 978-1451645774 Windigo Island Atria Books, hardcover (2014), ISBN 978-1476749235 Atria Books, trade paperback (2015), ISBN 978-1476749242 Manitou Canyon Atria Books, hardcover (2016), ISBN 978-1476749266 Atria Books, trade paperback (2017), ISBN 978-1476749273 Sulphur Springs Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, Hardcover (2017), ISBN 978-1501147340 Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, Trade Paperback (2018), ISBN 978-1501147432 Desolation Mountain Atria Books (2018), ISBN 978-1501147463Stand-alone novels The Devil's Bed Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2003), ISBN 0-7434-6636-5 Pocket Star paperback (2003) Ordinary Grace Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2013), ISBN 978-1451645828 Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, trade paperback (2014), ISBN 978-1451645859 This Tender Land Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, hardcover (2019), ISBN 978-1476749297Anthologies "Hixton" in Crimes By Moonlight, Berkley Publishing (ebook, 2010) "Bums" in USA Noir, Akashic Books (soft cover, 2013)Awards Bush Artist Fellowship, 1988 Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, 1998 (forIron Lake) Minnesota Book Award, 1999 (for Iron Lake) Anthony Award for Best First Novel, 1999 (for Iron Lake) Barry Award for Best First Novel, 1999 (for Iron Lake) Friends of American Write.... 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The William Kent Krueger Collection #3

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Three knockout Cork O’Connor mysteries in one ebook!Thunder Bay: Cork O’ Connor vows to save his friend and spiritual advisor whose life has been threatened by a wealt...

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Red Knife

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The newest book in William Kent Krueger's award-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic private investigator caught in the middle of a racial gang war that's turning...

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Il lago della paura (Il Giallo Mondadori)

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Tutto sembrava perfetto, o quasi. Prima che l'orrore arrivasse dal cielo. In vacanza con la famiglia a bordo di una casa-battello su un remoto lago canadese, Cork O'Connor e la figlia Jenny ...

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Trickster's Point

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The dying don’t easily become the dead. The next novel in William Kent Krueger’s New York Times bestselling series finds Cork O’Connor sitting in the s...

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Odd Partners

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Unlikely pairs join forces to crack a slew of intriguing cases in an anthology edited by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring original stories by Jacqueline Wins...

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The William Kent Krueger Collection #1

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Three exciting Cork O’Connor mysteries in one package and only available as an eBook. Includes an exclusive Introduction by William Kent Krueger that describes his experience writing th...

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEREdgar Award-winning author William Kent Krueger delivers another heart-pounding thriller filled with “dynamic action s...

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Purgatory Ridge

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Winner of the prestigious Loft-McKnight Fiction Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, William Kent Krueger has established himself as a startlingly original voice in thriller fic...

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The author of the instant New York Times bestseller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O’Connor series—a book ab...

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Iron Lake (20th Anniversary Edition)

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The first in the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series follows Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor as he delves into the dark side of small-town Minnesota while inve...

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Windigo Island

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Cork O’Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from New York Times bestselling author William Kent Kruege...

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Vermilion Drift

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Some nights, Corcoran O’Connor dreams his father’s death.William Kent Krueger’s gripping tale of suspense begins with a recurring nightmare, a gun, and ...

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È l’estate del 1961 a New Bremen, in Minnesota, un’estate torrida e funesta, destinata a cambiare per sempre la vita del tredicenne Frank Drum, figlio del pastore Nathan e di Ruth, una ...

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Una scena di devastazione si offre agli occhi di Cork O'Connor. L'immensa miniera a cielo aperto gli evoca un brulicare di insetti affamati nelle viscere di un cadavere. Quel po' di sangue i...

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Blood Hollow

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Tough-as-nails former small-town sheriff Cork O'Connor is forced into the center of an eerie mystery with a shocking twist in this "vivid and realistic" (Booklist) Anthony Award-winni...

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Sulfur Springs

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The New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace weaves a vivid and pulse-pounding thriller that follows Cork O’Connor’s search for a missing man amid the fraught...

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Three heartpounding New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mysteries in one impossible-to-put-down ebook!Vermilion Drift: Cork stumbles across the remains of si...

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Manitou Canyon

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In the extraordinary new Cork O’Connor thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are a...

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La baia delle nebbie (Il Giallo Mondadori)

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Ritrovare dopo settantatré anni un figlio segreto concepito nella colpa. Non è esattamente l'incarico di tutto riposo che si sarebbe augurato l'ex sceriffo Cork O'Connor per la sua nuova a...

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A stunning new suspense novel in William Kent Krueger's prize-winning Corcoran O'Connor series finds the charismatic detective steeped in his most dangerous case to date. Back ...

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Thunder Bay

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From acclaimed author William Kent Krueger comes the seventh profound, action-packed suspense novel in his award-winning Cork O'Conner mystery series.

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“Mystery fans can count on William Kent Krueger for an absorbing book with lots of twists and turns” (Denver Post) and now you can enjoy three absorbing and suspenseful Cork O’C...

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Tamarack County

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Cork O’Conner returns for “hold-your-breath suspense” (Booklist, starred review) in the thirteenth novel in the New York Times bestselling mystery series.Duri...

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Boundary Waters

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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 ...

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Ordinary Grace

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013...

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The Devil's Bed

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From the creator of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Cork O'Connor mystery series comes a haunting, atmospheric, conspiracy thriller.When President Clay Dixon's father-in-...

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The William Kent Krueger Collection #2

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Three unforgettable Cork O’Connor mysteries in one eBook!Blood Hollow: When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered after her disappearance on...

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Heaven's Keep

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Intrepid hero Cork O’Connor faces the most harrowing mission of his life when a charter plane carrying his wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies.

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Copper River

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The sixth novel in William Kent Krueger's award-winning suspense series finds Cork O'Connor running for his life -- straight into a murderous conspiracy involving teenage runaways....

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Northwest Angle

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With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in the latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s u...

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This Tender Land

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Blood Hollow

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Multipleaward winner William Kent Krueger returns to Minnesota's North Woods country for another chilling entry in his Cork O'Connor series. In this thrilling mystery, former she...

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Windigo Island

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William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale which has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the ca...

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Ordinary Grace

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From "New York Times "bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961. New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961...

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Resort to Murder: Thirteen Tales of Mystery by Minnesota's Premier Writers (Unabridged)

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An anthology of mystery stories set in Minnesota and written by Minnesota authors. All of the mysteries have at least one element in common: each tale takes place at a fictional, but perhaps...

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Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

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Private investigator Cork O'Connor finds himself caught in the middle of a racial gang war that's turning picturesque Tamarack County, Minnesota, into a battlefield.When the daug...

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Heaven's Keep

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Intrepid hero Cork O'Connor faces the most harrowing mission of his life when a charter plane carrying his wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies. Months after the tr...

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Odd Partners: An Anthology (Unabridged)

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Unlikely pairs join forces to crack a slew of intriguing cases in an anthology edited by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring original stories by Jacqueline Wins...

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This Tender Land: A Novel

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Iron Lake

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Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his jo...

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Desolation Mountain: A Novel

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New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another "punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction" (Booklist, starred review) as ...

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Trickster's Point

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New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger has won numerous accolades for his books, including the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. InTrickster's Point, the 12th suspenseful ...

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Tamarack County

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William Kent Krueger is a New York Times best-selling author whose popular Cork O’Connor mysteries display an "intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and respect for Native A...

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Northwest Angle: A Cork O'Connor Mystery (Unabridged)

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During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ush...

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Mercy Falls

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Best-selling author William Kent Krueger thrills millions with this Anthony Award-winning entry in his compelling series that already includes Anthony Award winners Iron Lake and Blood Hollo...

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Manitou Canyon

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Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O'Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has c...

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Copper River: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

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William Kent Krueger has won two Anthony Awards for his gripping Cork O'Connor mysteries. Set in remote areas of the northwest, each book in the series launches the Minnesota lawman into cha...

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