Created by William Kent Krueger
Former Chicago cop CORCORAN "CORK" O'CONNOR has seen enough. Part Irish and part Anishanaabe Indian, all he wants is the peace and solitude of the north Minnesota woods outside of Aurora, Minnesota (population 3752).
Alas, folks just don't seem willing to let him slip into an easy life of retirement. First his gig as the new sheriff goes belly up after a disagreement between local Indians and whites turns bad. Then his wife splits, taking along his three daughters. So, he makes do running a rundown restaurant and gift shop, getting by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. But trouble never seems to leave him alone. Seems there's always something...
Which is why, somewhat reluctantly, Cork begins to work as a part-time private investigator.
Good, suspenseful reads, with the characters, Cork in particular, well drawn and believable. Short story specialist Krueger has an eye for the telling detail, and manages to make Cork a real, living breathing character. He may not be the most gung ho of private eyes, per se, but when it comes to the crunch, he doesn't shy away, either.
-- David Housewright, creator of St. Paul private eye Holland Taylor
Other Minnesota eyes.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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