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William Kent Krueger

Autor(a) de Ordinary Grace

40+ Works 16,688 Membros 947 Críticas 29 Favorited

About the Author

William Kent Krueger grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. A former logger, construction worker, freelance journalist, & researcher in childhood development, he is the author of two other acclaimed Cork O'Connor novels, "Iron Lake" & "Boundary Waters". (Publisher Provided) William Kent mostrar mais Krueger was born in Torrington, Wyoming on November 16, 1950. He attended Stanford University for one year before losing his academic scholarship for participation in a takeover of the president's office in protest of what he saw as the University's complicity in weapons production during the Vietnam War. He wrote short stories and sketches for many years. His first novel, Iron Lake, 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. He writes the Cork O'Connor series. In 2005 and 2006, he won back-to-back Anthony Awards for best novel. Ordinary Grace won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2014. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace (2013) 2,729 exemplares
This Tender Land (2019) 2,098 exemplares
Iron Lake (1998) 1,572 exemplares
Boundary Waters (1999) 895 exemplares
Purgatory Ridge (2002) 728 exemplares
Blood Hollow (2004) 680 exemplares
Thunder Bay (2007) 662 exemplares
Copper River (2006) 604 exemplares
The River We Remember (2023) 584 exemplares
Mercy Falls (2006) 576 exemplares
Red Knife (2008) 558 exemplares
Heaven's Keep (2009) 511 exemplares
Vermilion Drift (2010) 500 exemplares
Northwest Angle (2011) 457 exemplares
Windigo Island (2014) 447 exemplares

Associated Works

Elevator Pitch (2019) 489 exemplares
Crimes by Moonlight: Mysteries from the Dark Side (2010) — Contribuidor — 325 exemplares
Games Creatures Play (2014) — Contribuidor — 208 exemplares
Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2016) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder (2006) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Twin Cities Noir (2006) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Odd Partners: An Anthology (2019) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Deadly Anniversaries (2020) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2000 v01 #247 (2000) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
RDSELP v110 A Walk to Remember | Boundary Waters (1999) — Autor — 21 exemplares
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2007 v06 #294 (2007) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Nice Girl Does Noir, Volume 1 (2010) — Prefácio; Prefácio — 17 exemplares
The Atria International Book of Mysteries (2012) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem, and Suspense (2009) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2018 v05 #359 (2018) — Autor — 3 exemplares
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2019 v04 #366 (2019) — Autor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Fox Creek is a well thought out and researched book. Climate Change and the horrible fight for mankind to survive is the underlying premise for this story. The people most affected by the loss of resources are of course the poorest, the people of the First Nation in North America. Five stars were given in this review for the consistently good thrilling story. Enjoy!
lbswiener | 23 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2024 |
The River We Remember, William Kent Krueger, author; CJ Wilson, narrator
When the novel begins, a body is discovered that has seemingly been eaten by catfish, after falling into the Alabaster River. This river is a sight to behold at certain times when it magically turns a brilliant white in the moonlight. As the victim’s death is analyzed, the cause is not what it at first appears to be. So, why does the sheriff clean the scene of the crime of any evidence to indicate who killed the man or why he was killed?
As the story proceeds, the reader is introduced to many characters, some that do not fit the mold of some of the townspeople. There is a Japanese woman resented because of her country’s part in the past war. There is the Native American, Noah Bluestone. who married Kyoko. He is maligned unfairly as a lawless man. There are veterans of different wars who are suffering from PTSD, there are widows of the war’s victims. There are young teenage boys influenced by their own lives and issues which make them stand apart. There are poignant legends of the Native American. There are men and women with monstrous secrets in their past history of abuse, neglect, brothels and murder. There are men who are amoral and there are drunks. There is Charlie, a compassionate, female lawyer at a time when there were few in the profession. There is the abuse of the weaker sex and the young. Who are vulnerable. Then, there is the richest man in town, whose body had just been discovered, brutally mutilated by the fish. His poor reputation, as that of an arrogant man and cruel taskmaster, preceded his still unexpected demise. Though it was thought that many harbored animosities toward him, because of his behavior toward them, one suspect stood out among the rest, because of a stereotypical and hypocritical mindset, prejudice, jealousy and perhaps greed.
This is not a town used to violence, so Jimmy Quinn’s death, though it may not be mourned as it would have been if he had been a kind man, it is still viewed with fear and doubt. Who would have done such a thing? Even if there were many people with motives, not many were capable of murder.
The book has drama, romance, mystery, humanity, compassion, and evil. It is also a coming-of-age novel for certain characters and it is a distinct illustration of morality and the lack of it, courage and cowardice. It is a picture of human frailty and human strength at their best and worst.
It is an examination of the horrors of war, the quest for survival at all costs, the flaws of society, the damaged human beings that need help, the bullies and the saints. Is everyone a bit of both?
The sheriff, Brody Dern, who seems like an honorable man has secrets. The woman, Angie, who runs the Wagon Wheel Café has secrets. The sister-in-law of the sheriff, Garnet, has secrets. The dead man has many secrets. Many of the townspeople suffer from nightmares because of their pasts.
As the secrets and characters are revealed, the story evolves seamlessly, even with its twists and turns. The very nature of humanity is explored, and the very flawed nature of humanity is revealed, along with its goodness. The tragedy of war is exposed. Not only the river remembers its history, each of the characters carries the burden of theirs and must deal with it.
The novel plays out in Jewel, in Black Earth County, Minnesota, with ordinary people who have the ordinary problems of life and then some. Their memories haunt them. Their dreams sometimes become nightmares. Like the Alabaster River that appears white only at certain times, they often appear differently at different times. However, the true character of people will come out, eventually. Nothing can remain hidden forever. What shapes us, our history, will eventually be revealed. We all experience both the harm and benefits of our past, but we all stay true to ourselves, in the end.
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thewanderingjew | 28 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2024 |
DNF. It’s too depressing. I read the plot summary after deciding not to finish, and it seems to stay depressing. Decent writing, interesting idea, but so much could have been done better here.
jnoshields | 127 outras críticas | Apr 10, 2024 |
Book number 7 in the Cork O'Connor world--I think it's the best one so far. It deals with the backstory on Henry Meloux with a large dose of O'Connor family thrown in. It's exciting, the characters are good and believable. Excellent, satisfying series.
buffalogr | 35 outras críticas | Mar 27, 2024 |



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