Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters

A Cork O'Connor Mystery

Book - 1999
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Cork O'Connor, who used to watch over the territory as sheriff until he was voted out of office in a personal and professional meltdown, now tends a burger stand but still has a reputation as a go-to guy when trouble arises. It does so in the form of William Raye, an aging country singer who's looking for his daughter, Shiloh, a rock musician who disappeared several months earlier into the Boundary Waters, the thickly forested, lake-dotted area to the north. O'Connor isn't looking for work, but he takes the case because Shiloh is an Aurora native, and O'Connor hopes someone would do the same for him if any of his three kids were lost. Before he can even head into the woods, FBI agents show up, as well as an old casino gangster from Las Vegas. They, too, all want Shiloh found, but none will say exactly why. O'Connor, accompanied by two agents plus Raye, and a father and son from the local Anishinaabe tribe, packs up and heads out by canoe in what becomes a gritty, bloody adventure.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780671016982
0671016989
Characteristics: viii, 325 p. ; 25 cm

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Dreamstime
Oct 07, 2019

The story consists of successive chapters revealing the respective journeys of four groups (one being the villain[s?]). So there are lots of moving parts that could get in the way given how well time and space for each group is logically coordinated. I enjoyed Boundary Waters with a healthy suspension of disbelief, especially how conveniently the villain[s?] moved from point A to Z throughout the story. I also found flower child Shiloh unsympathetic.

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sugan70
Jun 16, 2019

I am so bored with this title, if it weren’t in audiobook format it would be in the return slot already. I read Iron Lake years ago and don’t recall disliking it. The dual plots, the crude language seemingly aimed at non-readers, the bizarre romance-novel style of physical descriptions, and the slow, slow story development combine to make it hard to care about any of the characters. That includes Shiloh, whose name I keep forgetting until I hear it again. At least I didn’t buy it! Maybe the disappointment is a result of having discovered Louise Penny. Her wonderful books, elegant writing with humor surprisingly entwined in the narrative has spoiled me for lesser writing.

ReadingAdviser_leni May 20, 2019

I really enjoyed the Native American details in this mystery novel. The language, the cultural details, all of it. An intricate plot, with many questions to that must be answered. A mystery within a mystery.

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NoreenWoods
May 15, 2019

WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER BOOKLIST

Cork O'Connor series: 1st book only in audiobook :(

IRON LAKE (Atria Books hardcover, 1998; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
BOUNDARY WATERS (Atria Books hardcover, 1999; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
PURGATORY RIDGE (Atria Books hardcover, 2001; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
BLOOD HOLLOW (Atria Books hardcover, 2004; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
MERCY FALLS (Atria Books hardcover, 2005; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
COPPER RIVER (Atria Books hardcover, 2006; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
THUNDER BAY (Atria Books hardcover, 2007; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
RED KNIFE (Atria Books hardcover, 2008; Atria Books trade paperback, 2009)
HEAVEN'S KEEP (Atria Books hardcover, 2009; Atria Books trade paperback, 2010)
VERMILION DRIFT (Atria Books hardcover, 2010; Atria Books trade paperback, 2011)
NORTHWEST ANGLE (Atria Books hardcover, 2011; Atria Books trade paperback, 2012)
TRICKSTER'S POINT (Atria Books hardcover, 2012; Atria Books trade paperback, 2013)
TAMARACK COUNTY (Atria Books hardcover, 2013; Atria Books trade paperback, 2014)
WINDIGO ISLAND (Atria Books hardcover, 2014; Atria Books trade paperback, 2015)
MANITOU CANYON (Atria Books hardcover, 2016; Atria Books trade paperback, 2017)
SULFUR SPRINGS (Atria Books hardcover, 2017; Atria Books trade paperback, 2018)
DESOLATION MOUNTAIN (Atria Books hardcover, 2018; Atria Books trade paperback, 2019)
Stand-alone novels:
THE DEVIL'S BED (Atria Books hardcover, 2003; Pocket Star paperback, 2003)
ORDINARY GRACE (Atria Books hardcover, 2013; Atria Books trade paperback, 2014)
THIS TENDER LAND (Atria Books hardcover, September 2019)

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7626dee
May 19, 2018

I found it difficult to feel anything for the Shiloh character, she causes a lot of pain, death and destruction for an ego trip. I do like the interface with the native culture and the woods, always the woods, but perhaps we should not depend on the supernatural to bail our characters out. The young boy should become a central character, he represents the best of his culture.

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Cheryl65
Dec 15, 2016

I liked Iron Lake enough that I sampled this second book in the series.
For almost 200 pages, I thought I'd found a good series, enjoyed Kreuger's writing style, his well-drawn, believable main characters, and the book's pace and suspense.
Then, increasingly, I felt that Kreuger couldn't decide where his plot was going. He drifted, tried one ending or villain after another. He tried to keep my interest with inserts of trite soap opera, hints that sadistic violence could be expected.
I wanted to like this series, so persisted another 100 pages. Then dumped it.

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EmilyEm
May 17, 2016

This mystery is a complicated family story involving a famous singer Shiloh who has been hiding out in a cabin in the Boundary waters.
Other than the psychopath killers, this is a wry and sometimes funny story of family bonds, what binds them and tears them apart.

LaughingOne Oct 28, 2013

2nd in the Cork O'Connor series, this continues stories in and around Aurora, MN and the boundary waters. Fast-paced and well-written, Boundary Waters gripped me; I had to keep reading to find out what happened. And, I am happy to report that I did not know who dunnit until it was revealed in the book, and it made sense. This is the highest praise I can give a mystery!

hermlou Feb 21, 2012

Country-western singer Shiloh disappears in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, and a search party sets out by canoe. It consists of her father, his friend Cork O'Connor, two FBI agents, and two natives who are father and son. They discover that others are trying to find her and kill her. The suspense is high, and the wilderness is wild, and Krueger writes with ability and respect for women and natives. It's a gripping story with many twists.

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