Desolation Mountain

Desolation Mountain

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another "punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction" (Booklist, starred review) as Cork O'Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders. This is a heart-pounding and devastating mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined.There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. To Stephen O'Connor, Hamlet's dour observation is more than just words. All his life, he has had visions of tragedies to come. When he experiences the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen. The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a United States senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen's worst fears. Stephen joins his father, Cork O'Connor and a few Ojibwe men from the nearby Iron Lake reservation to sift through the smoldering wreckage when the FBI arrives and quickly assumes control of the situation. What seems like the end of the O'Connors' involvement is, however, only the beginning of a harrowing journey to understand the truth behind the Senator's death. As he initiates his own probe, Cork O'Connor stumbles upon a familiar face in Bo Thorson, a private security consultant whose unnamed clients have hired him to look quietly into the cause of the crash. The men agree to join forces in their investigation, but soon Cork begins to wonder if Thorson's loyalties lie elsewhere. In that far north Minnesota County, which is overrun with agents of the FBI, NTSB, DoD, and even members of a rightwing militia, all of whom have their own agendas, Cork, Stephen, and Bo attempt to navigate a perilous course. Roadblocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, and facing growing threats the deeper they dig for answers, the three men finally understand that to get to the truth, they will have to face the great menace, a beast of true evil lurking in the woods—a beast with a murderous intent of unimaginable scale.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781501147487
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Oct 07, 2018

I always enjoy Krueger's tales, and in my opinion this is one of his better ones. This book is deep and rich with its sense of place and the window it provides into the world of the native Americans of northern Minnesota.

But don't worry, there is a mystery at hand, and Cork O"Connor and his Indian and white friends combine to assist him in solving it. This is truly a story about community - relatives, old friends, neighbors, the natural environment - and how all of these entities coordinate to affect our lives for the better.

A new direction for Krueger? Perhaps.

Oct 05, 2018

Another home run for William Kent Krueger with DESOLATION MOUNTAIN. The plot is not what I expected for this 17th novel in the Cork O'Conner series. It is a wild and woolly excursion through Cork's usual locale in northern Minnesota involving his very extended family, many of his friends from the local town and the Iron Lake Reservation, all kinds of local, state and Federal "alphabet agencies" running over each other, political shenanigans, and just some really nasty "the end justifies the means" types. Yet with all that, Krueger remains true to underlying themes juxtaposing nature vs. corporate greed, amorality vs. honor and truth, and the inevitable racial tensions that persist in our society today. The story line is very tightly written, great character development, and a wild ending that reminded me a lot of the way the movie Thunderheart ended. This is a great read. And while you are reading it, don't forget to get some Waaboo Burgers to tide you over.

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