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Trickster's Point (Hardcover)
Fran and Adele recommend:
If you're already a fan of William Kent Krueger, then all we need to tell you is that he'll be here September 25th at noon to sign his latest in the Cork O'Connor series, Trickster's Point. 'Nuff said.
But for those of you who want a little more info, here you go.
Cork and an old friend of his, Jubal Little, go bow hunting up by the promontory known as Trickster's Point. Cork and Jubal had been friends since Cork was in 7th grade, Jubal the 8th, and while their lives had grown apart over the years, they were still in touch, although Cork was definitely planning on voting against Jubal for governor in the upcoming election. However, when Jubal is shot through the heart with one of Cork's signaturely crafted arrows, things become treacherous. Cork knows he didn't do it, but who would want to frame him for something like this?
What we really liked about Trickster's Point is the background Krueger gives us about Cork and his formative years. As Cork investigates what happened, we're treated to glimpses of his past with Jubal and their friends. We enjoyed learning about Cork's history, how events shaped him into the man he's become. We also enjoyed seeing how those events are reflected in his dealings with people in the present, including his family. And we were especially pleased to see how Stephen is growing up!
Trickster's Point is a more reflective novel than some of those in the past, but that doesn't mean there's not some serious action, and the pace is deceptively fast. But then, considering the title, that's not entirely surprising!
If you haven’t started reading Krueger, come in, get Iron Lake and get started! And plan on being here on the 25th to talk about Cork with Kent!— Fran
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.
About the Author
For the last twenty years, William Kent Krueger has made his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two children. His Cork O Connor novels, Iron Lake (winner of the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Barry Award), Boundary Waters, Purgatory Ridge, Blood Hollow (winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Mercy Falls (winner of the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel) - as well as the political thriller The Devil s Bed - are available from Atria Books.
"Krueger’s intimate knowledge of Minnesota’s northern reaches and respect for Native American life, ancient and modern, provide an intricate setting for this gem of a mystery." —Publisher's Weekly
“William Kent Krueger can tell a story with the best of them. And he just keeps getting better.”
“In addition to having a plot as cunningly treacherous as Trickster’s Point itself, Krueger’s latest mystery has that elegiac tone that’s perfectly suited to O’Connor’s character and to the harsh landscape where he lives and works.”