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Manitou Canyon: A Novel by William Kent Krueger

Manitou Canyon: A Novel by William Kent Krueger

"April is the cruelest month, breeding. Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing." - T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land 

Although the famous poet T.S. Eliot writes that "April is the cruelest month," private detective Cork O'Connor doesn't agree. Cork has always considered the month of November to be the cruelest, not only because of the descent into the winter months, but also because of the tragedies he has experienced in the past: his wife's kidnapping and murder, a friend's unexpected death, and his father's death. To make matters worse, his only daughter is getting married in November. But Cork thinks maybe a wedding can change the course of the month's history.

An old friend and local John Harris (who built the Manitou Canyon Dam nearby) goes missing, and a through search commences in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness. After the fruitless search is called off, Harris' grandchildren ask Cork to stay on the case. Although his daughter's wedding is in two weeks, he figures it won't hurt to head back to Boundary Waters and look for what the police might have missed.

After all, it'll only take a day or so to look again, and his companion, the missing man's granddaughter Lindsey, seems efficent enough to move the search along. He heads off to Raspberry Island.

Cork and Lindsey fail to return even as the weather begins to threaten snow, and the wedding draws closer. Their families send out a floatplane, which helps them discover their campsite, covered in fresh blood, but with no bodies. Meanwhile, Cork has had a run-in with an angry group of Ojibwe people who threaten to blow up the Manitou Canyon Dam. Will Cork be able to make it off of Raspberry Island alive?

The last time we saw Krueger's hero Cork O'Connor was in 2015's Windigo Island. In his 15th adventure, Cork finds himself facing quite a few life-changing challenges, including encountering the tragedies of his past. Krueger brings another fast-paced, heart-pounding mystery that incorporates Native American lore and pressing environmental issues in Manitou Canyon.

Read the first book in the Cork O'Connor series: Iron Lake.