Narrator: David Chandler
Series: Cork O'Connor #1
Published by Recorded Books on May 21, 2010
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 47 minutes
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Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.
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I am positive I discovered this series through Jonetta at the Blue Mood Cafe; she was my cohort at The Book Nympho and really I want to read / listen to everything she does. Seriously. My TBR overflows. Plus this is set in Minnesota where I lived for about 30 years.
I enjoyed the setting of a small town in Minnesota. There is the added dimension of the Indian people, the reservation and casino. The main character Cork is an ex-sheriff and was raised in the area. He is a sort of in the middle between the groups of people in the area.
I enjoyed the layers of plot with the world-building and character development needed in every first book in a series, the law enforcement aspects, the small town quirks, the Indian stories, the personal life and changes of Cork, and the mystery / suspense of the action. There was plenty to enjoy in Iron Lake.
I do think there was also plenty of corruption and affairs for a relatively small town. I am not sure how realistic it is for the ex-sheriff to get so involved in missing people, murders, and corruption when it is no longer his job. He does need to support himself and it takes up most all of his time.
I’ve already gone right on to the next audio in the Cork O’Connor series, Boundary Waters. I thought I was going to have to request them at the library but one of my libraries has a connection to One Click Digital and these are from Recorded Books, so it looks like I can get them all there!
I listened at my usual 1.25x speed and enjoyed the story and clear voice. The Minnesota locations and Indian words I knew were pronounced as I expected. I liked the vocal performance of both male and female voices and it added to my listening pleasure.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 Library-Love Challenge