Narrator: David Chandler
Series: Cork O'Connor #5
Published by Recorded Books on October 24, 2008
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 31 minutes
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"Back on the beat as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor has already seen his beautiful Northwoods jurisdiction through an eventful summer. Now, as the chill of autumn sweeps through the countryside, he's about to face a season of murder, adultery, and deceit that will take him from seedy backwoods bars and humble reservation shanties to the highest and most corrupt echelons of Chicago society."
"Lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine domestic disturbance call, Cork finds himself the target of a sniper's deadly fire. He has little time to worry about his own precarious situation, however. Soon after the shooting, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman involved in negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino."
"Now Cork must deal with a high-profile murder contaminated with the blood of the rich and powerful. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family insists on hiring a beautiful private investigator named Dina Willner to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that the events in Aurora have a darker, more personal motive than he could ever have imagined."
With his life at stake and the safety of his family in question, Cork must squelch the growing suspicion that another man desperately wants his wife, and at the same time resist the passion heating up between himself and Dina. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy all play a part in the maze of danger and intrigue Cork is caught in. But somewhere, hidden beneath the turbulent depths of Mercy Falls, lie the answers, and Cork is determined to find them.
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I really am loving this Cork O’Connor series. It took me almost 3 months to get back to this series which is so frustrating but there are many great things to read. I’m incredibly grateful my library has these on audio. I continue to wonder at the number of murders in a small, remote area but there are also big power and politics: the casino, the lumber industry, and a tourist industry as well. The law enforcement does probably cover a larger area with lower populations.
The blurb does an excellent job of stating the situations in Mercy Falls. There is plenty of action, mystery, and plot. I am disappointed in both Cork and Jo, as they exhibit some TSTL actions in the face of current dangers. They also needed to be a bit more protective of their personal relationship. Their desire for the truth has killed the cat.
I hope I can get to more of these soon. I’m glad I have some books to go before I catch up to current. Mercy Falls ends in a cliffhanger, so it’s on to Copper River.
David Chandler continues to handle the series in a performance which is a pleasure for me. The voices are all comfortable, both male and female. I was able to listen at my newer 1.5x speed. The Minnesota locations and Indian words were pronounced as I expected.
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It’s just SO good, isn’t it? I’m thrilled you’re still loving it.
It is. I will be loving it. They are all solid installments, every one in the 4-5 hearts range. I seem to be reading / listening to all the MN or NC books lately. Thanks for introducing me!
Great cover, but I do hate a cliffhanger. Good thing you don’t have to wait. 🙂
I know and it’s not very typical in law enforcement mystery series. Usually each book includes a case or two and then ends with more cases in the next book.
Ah, the dreaded cliffy. I’m not a fan. But glad you still enjoyed the story, despite the cliffhanger. Sounds like a fun series.
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I LOVE this series. I’d highly recommend it.
This series looks like one I would enjoy. Glad it is still going strong for you, cliffies and all!
It’s a really great series set in MN where I used to live. You would like it I think. It is straight mystery / thriller. There are something like 17 books and I’m only up to book 5. I try to do 1-2 a month.