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Trickster's Point PDF, ePub eBook The latest in the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series—the action never stops when the private detective ends up in the crosshairs of a political assassin. 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 shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’ The latest in the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series—the action never stops when the private detective ends up in the crosshairs of a political assassin. 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 shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. With him is Jubal Little, who is favored to become the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota, and who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bowhunting, a long-standing tradition among these two friends, this is no hunting accident. The arrow turns out to be one of Cork’s, and he becomes the primary suspect in the murder. He understands full well that he’s been set up. As he works to clear his name and track the real killer, he remembers his long, complex relationship with the tough kid who would grow up to become a professional football player, a populist politician, and the lover of the first woman to whom Cork ever gave his heart. Jubal was known by many for his passion, his loyalty, and his ambition. Only Cork knows that he was capable of murder. Full of nail-biting suspense, plus a fascinating look into Cork’s teenage years in Aurora, a town blessed with natural beauty yet plagued by small-town feuds and heated racial tension, Trickster’s Point is a thrilling exploration of the motives, both good and ill, that lead men and women into the difficult, sometimes deadly, political arena.

30 review for Trickster's Point

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Number 12 in the series and Krueger is still finding ways to keep the series fresh. In this episode Cork finds himself on the other side of the interview desk as the suspect in a murder case. The mystery is intriguing and well plotted and as a bonus we get more of Cork's past. I enjoy finding out what made him into the person he is today especially when we find out he had his darker moments as well as the good times. In the present Cork is in a good place. His romantic life is looking up, he is l Number 12 in the series and Krueger is still finding ways to keep the series fresh. In this episode Cork finds himself on the other side of the interview desk as the suspect in a murder case. The mystery is intriguing and well plotted and as a bonus we get more of Cork's past. I enjoy finding out what made him into the person he is today especially when we find out he had his darker moments as well as the good times. In the present Cork is in a good place. His romantic life is looking up, he is loving every moment of being a grandpa, and his relationships with his children seem strong. Now if only all these dead people would leave him alone..... this book gives a reason for that too! A very enjoyable read indeed!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Reading, or in this case, listening to William Kent Krueger, is always a joy. His writing style is similar to Louise Penny, in that his mysteries are all about the characters instead of the action. There’s always plenty of philosophy about human nature. This novel dwells in both the past and present, with lots of flashbacks and remembrances of Cork O’Connor’s teen years with Jubal Little. As always, the Ojibwa culture and traditions have a large place in Krueger’s narratives. Even though I knew Reading, or in this case, listening to William Kent Krueger, is always a joy. His writing style is similar to Louise Penny, in that his mysteries are all about the characters instead of the action. There’s always plenty of philosophy about human nature. This novel dwells in both the past and present, with lots of flashbacks and remembrances of Cork O’Connor’s teen years with Jubal Little. As always, the Ojibwa culture and traditions have a large place in Krueger’s narratives. Even though I knew who had committed the murder fairly early on, it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. And there were still plenty of twists and turns that I didn't see coming at all. I was very pleased with the narrator for this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    The story opens with Cork O’Connor in the woods of Trickster’s Point next to his dying friend, Jubal Little who happens to be the favored gubernatorial candidate poised to win in just a few days. It’s no hunting accident and Cork’s the primary suspect. While those in the Tamarack County Sheriff’s Department don't really believe he committed the murder (though it looks really bad), the involvement of the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension forces them to play it by the book. This story was fa The story opens with Cork O’Connor in the woods of Trickster’s Point next to his dying friend, Jubal Little who happens to be the favored gubernatorial candidate poised to win in just a few days. It’s no hunting accident and Cork’s the primary suspect. While those in the Tamarack County Sheriff’s Department don't really believe he committed the murder (though it looks really bad), the involvement of the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension forces them to play it by the book. This story was fascinating as it transitions between present day and 40 years earlier when twelve-year-old Cork and Jubal first meet through their high school years. We gain even more insight into Cork as their complicated relationship is explored along with others who had significant influence in shaping the grown man. Jubal was an enigma and equally interesting, making the mystery of who murdered him pretty difficult to unravel. However, for one of the few times since reading this series, I nailed the culprit! Granted, I didn’t figure everything out but I got most of it. Another wonderful story in a series of very, very good ones. The more I learn about Cork O’Connor, the more I admire and respect him, flaws and all. And, David Chandler is back as the narrator, delivering a pitch perfect performance!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    The reasons this one is getting 3 stars instead of the 4 or 5 more typical for this series, are that not only did I figure out 90% of the mystery very early in the book, but I also could not get on board with Cork's childhood friendship with the victim. It's unusual with Mr. Krueger, but the feelings just did not ring true to me, and many of the things that happened over the course of the friendship were indefensibly out of character for Cork. That said, Tricksters Point is still a good read in The reasons this one is getting 3 stars instead of the 4 or 5 more typical for this series, are that not only did I figure out 90% of the mystery very early in the book, but I also could not get on board with Cork's childhood friendship with the victim. It's unusual with Mr. Krueger, but the feelings just did not ring true to me, and many of the things that happened over the course of the friendship were indefensibly out of character for Cork. That said, Tricksters Point is still a good read in so many ways. Krueger writes about love, need, fear, and hate, all basic forces at the root of human nature, and he speaks eloquently about the culture of the Anishinaabe People, which I find often reflects my own beliefs. I also enjoyed seeing how Cork's children and family as a whole have grown and changed since the events of Northwest Angle. Once again, I heartily recommend this series if you have not started it yet.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The 12th installment of Krueger’s Cork O’Connor detective series finds Cork accused of murdering a longtime friend with a hunting arrow through the heart. Jubal Little was running for Governor and was proposing policies that would put the pristine Boundary Waters area at risk. That made Little unpopular with the residents of the Reservation. But would they ‘hunt’ a fellow Native American? Cork needs to defend his innocence while uncovering the actual murderer. Of course there are plenty of suspec The 12th installment of Krueger’s Cork O’Connor detective series finds Cork accused of murdering a longtime friend with a hunting arrow through the heart. Jubal Little was running for Governor and was proposing policies that would put the pristine Boundary Waters area at risk. That made Little unpopular with the residents of the Reservation. But would they ‘hunt’ a fellow Native American? Cork needs to defend his innocence while uncovering the actual murderer. Of course there are plenty of suspects. And true to the series, the nonagenarian medicine man, Henry Meloux, plays an important role in finding the spiritual center to provide healing for the soul. Enjoy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jill Manske

    For the first time in the Cork O'Connor series, Krueger attempts to explain why Cork is always finding himself involved in solving crimes, even though he's no longer a sheriff or in law enforcement. I liked how Krueger explained the Ojibwe belief that certain people are born with certain abilities or callings and that Cork O'Connor's is Ogichidaa, or someone who stands between his people and bad things. It also seems that Cork is connecting more with his Ojibwe heritage, and it was interesting t For the first time in the Cork O'Connor series, Krueger attempts to explain why Cork is always finding himself involved in solving crimes, even though he's no longer a sheriff or in law enforcement. I liked how Krueger explained the Ojibwe belief that certain people are born with certain abilities or callings and that Cork O'Connor's is Ogichidaa, or someone who stands between his people and bad things. It also seems that Cork is connecting more with his Ojibwe heritage, and it was interesting to read more about Ojibwe beliefs. The storyline for "Trickster's Point" is deeply enmeshed in Native beliefs and culture. While it's basically a suspenseful murder mystery, it's also an attempt to help readers better understand life on Native American reservations, why casinos are a mixed blessing and the lengths people will go to protect things they love. As always with Krueger novels, this book is skillfully written and engrossing from page one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Smith

    I give this Cork O'Connor book my "best story in a series" award. It was worth the wait....and left me wanting to turn another page. The book stands alone (so if it is your first William Kent Krueger read, you won't be left wondering about references to earlier books.) But Krueger only provides O'Connor family background when background is essential (so if you have, like me, read all of the others in the series, you won't get bored by the repetition.) The Ojibwa mystic tradition is interestingly I give this Cork O'Connor book my "best story in a series" award. It was worth the wait....and left me wanting to turn another page. The book stands alone (so if it is your first William Kent Krueger read, you won't be left wondering about references to earlier books.) But Krueger only provides O'Connor family background when background is essential (so if you have, like me, read all of the others in the series, you won't get bored by the repetition.) The Ojibwa mystic tradition is interestingly presented and makes me want to learn more; the beauty and wildness of northern Minnesota is drawn with a brilliant word palette reminding me of personal soul-searching times spent paddling the Boundary Waters and walking the shores of Lake Gichigami. "The opposite of love is not hate but fear."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    I was very disappointed when author William Kent Krueger killed off the wife of his main character in book #9 (Heaven's Keep) because they had a special relationship, not perfect by any means, but a certain yin-yang thing, whereby they filled in the holes in the other. Several books later, Cork O'Connor seems to have found a new soulmate in Henry Meloux's niece, Rainy. Here is a wonderful summary of Cork's character from Rainy: "[Uncle Henry] says you are like a dog who can't remember where he's I was very disappointed when author William Kent Krueger killed off the wife of his main character in book #9 (Heaven's Keep) because they had a special relationship, not perfect by any means, but a certain yin-yang thing, whereby they filled in the holes in the other. Several books later, Cork O'Connor seems to have found a new soulmate in Henry Meloux's niece, Rainy. Here is a wonderful summary of Cork's character from Rainy: "[Uncle Henry] says you are like a dog who can't remember where he's buried his bone. You just keep digging until you find it." Elsewhere in the book, his daughter Jenny quotes her mother in describing Cork as a windbreak or her son's native Ojibwe word, Ogichidaa: "someone who [stands] between his people and bad things." This book is about the murder of Cork's lifelong friend, Jubal Little, who is running for governor at Trickster's Point (a/k/a Tricky's Dick or Nanaboozhoo's Penis), a 150-foot stone nestled in the northwoods. The two friends have some ancient history there, as a boyhood nemesis fell to his death there following the rape of their close friend. Cork is suspected of the deed as the arrow is manmade in the Cork's precise style, and he refuses to get help because his friend does not want to be left alone to die. Over the course of the novel, and Cork's investigation, much secret history is revealed about Cork, Jubal, and their raped friend, Winona. As always, Cork solves the mystery, revealing only as much as he feels is necessary ... in the spirit of medicine man (Mide), Henry Meloux.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon Koebrick

    William Kent Krueger is one of my favorite authors because of the technical quality of his prose, the spiritual nature of his perspective, the humanity of his characters and the foresight to create a good mystery that comes together fabulously. Trickster's Point is a fine installment to the series and is a 3.9 star book. A relaxing read especially when sitting on a Minnesota lake on vacation.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Riveting as always with more of a focus on Cork's family and community. Stephen is maturing into an interesting counterpoint to Cork.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    It was good but I had the ending figured out halfway through. His earlier books in the series are much better in my opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dan Biermeier

    I'll say 4.5 stars. Krueger is a writer that I enjoy a lot. This is the second O'Connor book that I have read after Iron Lake. I know I skipped a bunch in the middle but will read them as I get them. I don't feel it will bother me to know some of Cork's family information when I read it in an earlier novel. Like knowing what happened to Cork's wife in book X, Y or Z. I'm guessing that the vast majority of Krueger's fans love the family portions of the book, like many enjoy the Alex Cross's family I'll say 4.5 stars. Krueger is a writer that I enjoy a lot. This is the second O'Connor book that I have read after Iron Lake. I know I skipped a bunch in the middle but will read them as I get them. I don't feel it will bother me to know some of Cork's family information when I read it in an earlier novel. Like knowing what happened to Cork's wife in book X, Y or Z. I'm guessing that the vast majority of Krueger's fans love the family portions of the book, like many enjoy the Alex Cross's family in those books. I tend to read the actual mystery or crime parts closer because I like action. That's the only reason that I don't give it a 5 star, because I could do with less family, but again, that's just me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lorca Damon

    I don’t really like mysteries. Basically, I just never care whodunit and even if it was the butler, I can’t really figure out why he did it. Fortunately, Krueger is such a masterful storyteller that he made me care. You can’t not care, especially when a beloved political figure is lying on the ground, gasping for breath with his best friend’s arrow sticking out of his chest. And there’s a really complex reason why this best friend sat beside the dying man for three hours without going to get help I don’t really like mysteries. Basically, I just never care whodunit and even if it was the butler, I can’t really figure out why he did it. Fortunately, Krueger is such a masterful storyteller that he made me care. You can’t not care, especially when a beloved political figure is lying on the ground, gasping for breath with his best friend’s arrow sticking out of his chest. And there’s a really complex reason why this best friend sat beside the dying man for three hours without going to get help. As with any good suspenseful story, the reader has about twelve different options for the would-be killer and just when he thinks he knows who it is, a new name gets dragged into the unfolding plot. Krueger keeps it hidden until the very end. Trickster’s Point, the twelfth book in the NYT bestselling Cork O’Connor mysteries, incorporates a setting woven throughout with Native American history and provides a realistic insight into modern-day life on and around the reservation, complete with the good and bad. Set against a backdrop that shows some of the initiatives that have built up the Ojibwe identity alongside some of the struggles that continue to plague the people, the Native identity appears to be a living, breathing character in the story every bit as real as the key players. This phantom character may have played just as big a part in the murder as the one who drew the bow.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda Branich

    Cork O'Connor finds himself in the woods beneneath Trickster's Point, hunting with a friend, Jubal Little. Cork and Jubal were close friends during their school years, even carrying a torch for the same girl, but as often happens, they drifted apart as the years rolled by. Jubal is aspiring to be the first Native American Governor of Minnesota. Sudd3nly, out of no where, an arrow strikes Jubal in the heart. Cork wants to go for help, but Jubal knows his wound is fatal and asks Cork to stay with h Cork O'Connor finds himself in the woods beneneath Trickster's Point, hunting with a friend, Jubal Little. Cork and Jubal were close friends during their school years, even carrying a torch for the same girl, but as often happens, they drifted apart as the years rolled by. Jubal is aspiring to be the first Native American Governor of Minnesota. Sudd3nly, out of no where, an arrow strikes Jubal in the heart. Cork wants to go for help, but Jubal knows his wound is fatal and asks Cork to stay with him. After 3 hours of conversation and confession, Jubal succombs to his wound. Cork goes for help and not long afterwards, Cork is a suspect, because the arrow was handmade with Cork's own fletching. Though his friends in the Sheriff's department work to eliminate him as a prime suspect, the body count rises with a man dead by gunshot wound near where Jubal died, and yet another body turns up with the same arrow . Krueger did it again with a story rich Native American culture, challenges of Native Americans, and life in and near the Rez. There are many gwists and turns as the story unfolds, and like the other books in this series it could stand alone. Any background information needed for better understanding of the story is cleverly woven in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    #12 in the series..and the newest to go on sale August 21, 2012. Thanks to Wendy at S&S/Atria Books for the ARC. Another fantastic addition to the series, staring Cork O'Connor and his family and friends in Aurora, Minnesota. Meet Jubal Little, a childhood buddy of Cork's, who has married into a powerful political family and is the current state governor. While on a trip back home, Jubal and Cork are out hunting deep in the Minnesota wilderness, at an area, where a stone monolith is located #12 in the series..and the newest to go on sale August 21, 2012. Thanks to Wendy at S&S/Atria Books for the ARC. Another fantastic addition to the series, staring Cork O'Connor and his family and friends in Aurora, Minnesota. Meet Jubal Little, a childhood buddy of Cork's, who has married into a powerful political family and is the current state governor. While on a trip back home, Jubal and Cork are out hunting deep in the Minnesota wilderness, at an area, where a stone monolith is located, locally called Trickster's Point. The story opens with Jubal dying, with an arrow in his chest; an arrow that belongs to Cork. A fantastic storyline will take you back to a young Cork, growing up in Aurora, meeting his childhood friends, Jubal and Winona and Willie, all young kids growing up with no idea of the paths that their lives will lead them. Amazing twists and turns throughout the story will have you shaking your head and wondering but feeling the excitement building page by page. And once again, just when you "think" you know "who done it", think again! Another GREAT read and story by William Kent Krueger.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Ferguson

    Actually, I'd give this book a 4.5 star rating. My first William Kent Krueger book to read and I look forward to reading lots more of them. The premise was utterly clever and it kept me hooked throughout the book. Inspired. As often happens with mysteries, I felt the cards fell into place too rapidly for me, as if the conclusion was bound to be complicated and it was. So the writer kind of rushed through it all to tie the ends up. However, now that a day has gone by, I've found myself making more Actually, I'd give this book a 4.5 star rating. My first William Kent Krueger book to read and I look forward to reading lots more of them. The premise was utterly clever and it kept me hooked throughout the book. Inspired. As often happens with mysteries, I felt the cards fell into place too rapidly for me, as if the conclusion was bound to be complicated and it was. So the writer kind of rushed through it all to tie the ends up. However, now that a day has gone by, I've found myself making more sense of 'what happened' and it did seem to make sense. And I think that's a well-crafted story, when I cared enough to think about it a day or two later, and decide if it all rang-true. And it did ... just a bit forced for me in the telling/reading. I'd never read about that part of the country before, and although I could definitely do without the animal hunting, (which is just a very small part of the story) I thoroughly enjoyed the people, the town, the scenery. Makes me want to drive there and soak it all up!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    I used to be a voracious mystery/suspense reader some years back. But it seemed like too many writers were focused on creating incredible plot twists instead of creating interesting, multidimensional characters and generally beautiful, solid writing. Bad guys were cliched. Setting was almost nonexistent. Dialogue, likewise cliched and so transparently used as a device to deliver back story and information. I think the genre has suffered for that trend. But I was so excited to find that William K I used to be a voracious mystery/suspense reader some years back. But it seemed like too many writers were focused on creating incredible plot twists instead of creating interesting, multidimensional characters and generally beautiful, solid writing. Bad guys were cliched. Setting was almost nonexistent. Dialogue, likewise cliched and so transparently used as a device to deliver back story and information. I think the genre has suffered for that trend. But I was so excited to find that William Kent Krueger is as literary as he is ingenious. As a writer, I appreciated how he used setting to create a mood and set the tone. And the characters are brilliant--no one, not even our hero, is perfect or 100% good. No one is 100% evil. Life is just as complicated and complex in Krueger's fictional world as it is in the real one. I really loved reading this book and am looking forward to catching up on his previous ones.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eadie

    Another great story from an excellent storyteller. In this book we get a lot of background on Cork's teenage years and a lot of great research on the Indians of the area. The author gives us likable characters and a very descriptive setting. The complex plot is fast moving and keeps you guessing through many twists and turns right on through to the surprise ending. I am glad to see that the family is moving on from Jo's death and Cork has a new woman in his life. This is one of my favorite serie Another great story from an excellent storyteller. In this book we get a lot of background on Cork's teenage years and a lot of great research on the Indians of the area. The author gives us likable characters and a very descriptive setting. The complex plot is fast moving and keeps you guessing through many twists and turns right on through to the surprise ending. I am glad to see that the family is moving on from Jo's death and Cork has a new woman in his life. This is one of my favorite series and I am looking forward to reading the next installment. I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers with a touch of Indian history. This series should also be read in order as the books build one upon the other.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy Crudele

    I didn't care for this one as much as his others in this series but I still need to give it a 4. He has such great character development and scenic descriptions. This books goes back and forth repeatedly from past to present. In the prologue, Cork O'Connor sits with his boyhood friend Jubal Little who has been shot by an arrow. In the first chapter, Cork is thought guilty of accidentally shooting his friend. Of course Cork has to do his own investigation , even thought he is no longer the sherif I didn't care for this one as much as his others in this series but I still need to give it a 4. He has such great character development and scenic descriptions. This books goes back and forth repeatedly from past to present. In the prologue, Cork O'Connor sits with his boyhood friend Jubal Little who has been shot by an arrow. In the first chapter, Cork is thought guilty of accidentally shooting his friend. Of course Cork has to do his own investigation , even thought he is no longer the sheriff. We learn much about each of the characters who may have actually murdered Jubal. But who did it and why?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Always love reading one of these books! Another good mystery, although I kinda figured out most of this one. Maybe I'm just getting used to his writing style. Still a great read, and I look forward to the next one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    2.9 Although this is not my favorite "Cork". I always enjoy a William Kent Kruger novel and reading the Anishinaabe culture. Enjoy the updates on Cork’s children. NOTE: I read this on Oct 8, here in California as well as Minnesota known as “Indigenous Peoples Day” but, of course, grew up knowing it as “Columbus Day”.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Prestidge

    Easy read. It grabs you from page one and has lots of Native American lore. This is my first time reading this author. It reads like a formula novel-there is a reference to other books surrounding the same characters- hence the 4 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevintipple

    Approximately a year after the events of Northwest Angle finds Cork O’Connor once again dealing with the weighty issues of family, friendship, and survival in the wilderness of the North Country of Minnesota. It took Jubal Little three hours to die. Plenty of time for a man to confess his sins, make peace with the past, and more while siting against a rock at Trickster’s Point. Cork O’Connor may have thought about killing Jubal Little. He may have gone to the site for a lot of reasons – including Approximately a year after the events of Northwest Angle finds Cork O’Connor once again dealing with the weighty issues of family, friendship, and survival in the wilderness of the North Country of Minnesota. It took Jubal Little three hours to die. Plenty of time for a man to confess his sins, make peace with the past, and more while siting against a rock at Trickster’s Point. Cork O’Connor may have thought about killing Jubal Little. He may have gone to the site for a lot of reasons – including having it out with the man who might have been the first Native American elected governor of Minnesota. But, Cork O’Connor didn’t kill him. Even if others don’t understand why he stayed there with Jubal and watched him die without going for help. Even if the distinctive handmade arrow in Jabal’s chest indicates Cork did. Cork is being set up and knows it even if most members of law enforcement don’t see it that way. Jubal Little had a long list of public adversaries because of who he was and what he planned to do as governor. There are also private adversaries that not that many know about. Ones that go back to childhood when Cork and Jubal, both fatherless, grew up together and formed a bond that still connected them deep into adulthood. The list of potential real suspects is long and Cork has to investigate on his own to clear his name while law enforcement finds more and more evidence against Cork. Shifting in time through the extensive use of flashbacks, author William Kent Krueger tells a complicated tale of past friendship, murder, and political advantage in his latest book. A book that also shows the Cork family changing in so many ways. Things are moving forward with his expanded family and yet Cork continues to get himself into situations that his son would prefer he stay out. Cork can’t help it. It is in his blood. Another good book in the series, Trickster’s Point is a complicated and often highly atmospheric read as it moves slowly forward. Much is made of the always present Indian heritage as well as past history of several characters. While this twelfth novel in the series could be read as a standalone those who have read the proceeding books starting with Iron Lake will get considerably more out of this latest effort. Trickster’s Point: A Novel William Kent Krueger http://williamkentkrueger.com Atria Books (Simon and Schuster) http://simonandschuster.com 2012 ISBN# 978-1-4516-4567-5 Hardback (also available as e-book) 329 Pages $24.99 Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano, Texas Public Library System. Kevin R. Tipple ©2012 MIND SLICES at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OIV346 MIND SLICES at Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/... Book Reviews and More http://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/

  24. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I won this book in a drawing from BookReporter.com. This was the first of Krueger's books that I've read and this was #12 in the series, but I found that I really didn't have to read the previous books to get up to speed in this one. There is a lot of back story, filling in the main character's relationship with the other characters, so that was a good thing. It was also frustrating because I wanted to stick with the main plot line and move forward with it more quickly. Krueger's understanding an I won this book in a drawing from BookReporter.com. This was the first of Krueger's books that I've read and this was #12 in the series, but I found that I really didn't have to read the previous books to get up to speed in this one. There is a lot of back story, filling in the main character's relationship with the other characters, so that was a good thing. It was also frustrating because I wanted to stick with the main plot line and move forward with it more quickly. Krueger's understanding and obvious respect for the Ojibwe culture and history are an integral part of this story. The same goes for his concern with the environmental impact of sulfide mining in the Boundary Waters area of Minnesota. This makes for a real time connection in the story. There is a Friends of Boundary Waters web site that explains the threat of sulfide mining in detail. The book does a great job of bringing that whole issue to light. I feel Trickster's Point is a pretty good work of popular fiction with engaging and interesting characters. I can't give it more than three stars, however, because I didn't feel there was the nail-biting suspense promised. This story is more like a puzzle which slowly comes together. I also thought there were too many repetitious descriptions. Anyone who likes meticulously plotted mysteries without a lot of blood, gore and graphic violence should give this book a try. I would also recommend this series to fans of Native American mysticism and culture.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I won this book from Bookreporter.com. This is the first novel I've read in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series but with ample flashbacks to Cork's childhood, teenage years, and other pertinent references to his more recent past, the story is satisfyingly self-contained. I was surprised by the nature of the writing. I was expecting a novel filled with suspense but I'd classify it as a rather sleepy thriller, at best. That's not to undercut its success. It's a well-constructed mystery. In fact, I though I won this book from Bookreporter.com. This is the first novel I've read in Krueger's Cork O'Connor series but with ample flashbacks to Cork's childhood, teenage years, and other pertinent references to his more recent past, the story is satisfyingly self-contained. I was surprised by the nature of the writing. I was expecting a novel filled with suspense but I'd classify it as a rather sleepy thriller, at best. That's not to undercut its success. It's a well-constructed mystery. In fact, I thought the beauty of the story was primarily in its mystery, secondarily in its characters, who were convincingly human. The sinful are not pure evil; the virtuous are hardly perfect; each man has convincing aims and plausible motives for what he does, right or wrong. I did find the protagonist's romance ho hum enough to be aggravating...I wanted to push his visits to his lady love's cabin aside and get on with other things, but considered it may harken back to a main storyline of a previous novel, striking a pleasing chord for others...and I thought the killer was given away far too early...... ******SPOILER ALERT****** only to be surprised by another shocking angle to the crime, in the end. Good book; very clever ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    I'm beginning to think I could write one of these books. Here's the formula. Someone dies under mysterious circumstances, generally involving Cork O'Conner in the first few chapters. Cork spends his time driving or boating back and forth between his family's home on Gooseberry lane and the crime scene while making a few stops out at Henry Meloux's cabin. The bumbling idiots from the cities who are in to help out on the investigation bother all the locals and always chase the wrong trail. Some lar I'm beginning to think I could write one of these books. Here's the formula. Someone dies under mysterious circumstances, generally involving Cork O'Conner in the first few chapters. Cork spends his time driving or boating back and forth between his family's home on Gooseberry lane and the crime scene while making a few stops out at Henry Meloux's cabin. The bumbling idiots from the cities who are in to help out on the investigation bother all the locals and always chase the wrong trail. Some large thug who is either a bodyguard or a hit man for a person who grew up in Aurora and has now moved away follows Cork around, generally firing some shots at him or his family. Cork figures out who really did it 4/5ths of the way through the book, and someone else ends up dead at the end of the book. With that being said, I love reading these books, they are great page turners. The "formula" is getting a bit predicable though. Only gave this one 3 stars because I thought the story was a little thin and felt like it was rapidly written without much character development. Plus Henry didn't really get to do anything in this book, and he's awesome :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    I just discovered William Kent Krueger. I was interested in him because he writes about Northern Minnesota where my friend Chuck Gilley lives.I was happy to find another writer I can turn to reliably for a good read. He is thoughtful. His dialogue is generally pretty good. The novels pace well and the usually end in a twist. It's all fun. I also like that Krueger explores spirituality, especially Roman Catholicism and Ojubwe spirituality. This particular book takes a look at relationships over y I just discovered William Kent Krueger. I was interested in him because he writes about Northern Minnesota where my friend Chuck Gilley lives.I was happy to find another writer I can turn to reliably for a good read. He is thoughtful. His dialogue is generally pretty good. The novels pace well and the usually end in a twist. It's all fun. I also like that Krueger explores spirituality, especially Roman Catholicism and Ojubwe spirituality. This particular book takes a look at relationships over years and years, how a person's character can be developed in different ways and how none of us really knows anyone else, or even our selves as deeply as we would like to think. Cork O'Connor, the series hero, stays with a life long friend for 3 hours after the friend has been shot through the heart while they are out bow hunting. Cork has to defend himself and at the same time find the real killer. There are Indian Medicine men, loving children, honorable and not so honorable friends and neighbors. Read it, you'll have fun.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mass

    I love visiting Aurora, MN! The characters are like family and neighbors I've known all my life. I used to wish this series would be a movie or tv series, but not anymore. I don't think anyone could do it justice (the way the Longmire series is being done comes close, though). I still try to picture the perfect actor to play Cork, but no one fits the bill. He's a combination of every perfect leading man. This story is beautifully written (what book has Kent not written beautifully?), and I love I love visiting Aurora, MN! The characters are like family and neighbors I've known all my life. I used to wish this series would be a movie or tv series, but not anymore. I don't think anyone could do it justice (the way the Longmire series is being done comes close, though). I still try to picture the perfect actor to play Cork, but no one fits the bill. He's a combination of every perfect leading man. This story is beautifully written (what book has Kent not written beautifully?), and I love the flashbacks. I had a feeling for a long time that Winona was dead and it was Willie, and what the significance of "Rhiannon" was, but I was too gripped in the narrative to put it down. I'm especially happy that Kent chose to let Cork move on in his life, and the potential Rainy as his significant other brings for future books in the series. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long between releases! Better to wait for quality than have it become predictable and formulaic like other commercial fiction writers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I am so thrilled that William Kent Krueger continues to write these wonderful Cork O'Connor books! Trickster's Point goes back into Cork's past to explain the happenings in his present life. This is the twelfth in the series and it is just as well written and compelling as the rest. Jubal Little has been in and out of Cork's life for as long as he can remember. Jubal is assassinated in the first moments of the book. Cork has been set up to take the fall. And so it begins. Krueger weaves native Ame I am so thrilled that William Kent Krueger continues to write these wonderful Cork O'Connor books! Trickster's Point goes back into Cork's past to explain the happenings in his present life. This is the twelfth in the series and it is just as well written and compelling as the rest. Jubal Little has been in and out of Cork's life for as long as he can remember. Jubal is assassinated in the first moments of the book. Cork has been set up to take the fall. And so it begins. Krueger weaves native American religion and a love of nature throughout his books. His love for the wildness of Northern Minnesota always shines through. His family and friends are present throughout and they add to the richness of the novel. Krueger is an amazing story teller. Full of twists and turns and surprises...the ending is a perfect shocker...another winner from William Kent Krueger. Be sure to pick up a copy in August.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    "We kill to protect the things we love." Things to learn from this book: 1) It is definitely better than the last book, Northwest Angle. 2) Northwest Angle was terrible. 3) I guessed both the villain and the "big twist" (yay me!). 4) Despite guessing a lot of it, the writing is stellar and the storyline was really good. 5) Somehow Cork O'Connor knows both a former NFL Quarterback turned Politician (this book) and a Country singer superstar (Book 2) 6) Somehow this former NFL Quarterback was the QB on C "We kill to protect the things we love." Things to learn from this book: 1) It is definitely better than the last book, Northwest Angle. 2) Northwest Angle was terrible. 3) I guessed both the villain and the "big twist" (yay me!). 4) Despite guessing a lot of it, the writing is stellar and the storyline was really good. 5) Somehow Cork O'Connor knows both a former NFL Quarterback turned Politician (this book) and a Country singer superstar (Book 2) 6) Somehow this former NFL Quarterback was the QB on Cork's high school football team and he has never talked about him (or his two really good high school friends who live in the area, one of whom is a famous photographer) in the previous 11 books! 7) Tamarack County produces a lot of famous people and complex murders. 8) Hate is not the opposite of love...fear is the opposite of love. 9) Rainy is a thousand times better than Jo O'Connor! 10) I will be reading Book 13!

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