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Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger
Narrator: David Chandler
Series: Cork O'Connor #18
Published by Recorded Books on August 31, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 54 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom.
Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow.
Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. Desperate, Cork begins tracking the killers but his own skills as a hunter are severely tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.
I waited awhile for the few audio books without David Chandler narrating in the Cork O’Connor series to be rerecorded by him. I caught up to current this year since that happened and was ready for more. I would read these books in order as the personal and career changes happen as we go along.
The O’Connor family is a family of caring, faith and compassion. These stories are set in the beauty of Minnesota’s north country and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. There are many native people here. The stories are ones of faith, protecting the environment, and learning your path. The mysteries are engaging and thrilling.
Cork, and oftentimes his family, are in danger as he seeks answers. In Fox Creek, he looks for missing persons and the reasons why they are missing. Henry and Rainey save one of the missing from kidnapping, but are still tracked into the Northwoods by the mercenaries. Stephen takes a different route to find out more about why this is happening. They all face danger and have some physical harm. Everyone, including me, is worried about Henry as Stephen had a vision of what might be his death.
I won’t spoil the reasons or what happens to everyone, that’s to be read and enjoyed. This author never disappoints. The author’s note points out that the story is based on actual events which happened in the area and the ongoing efforts of natives to protect the natural environment and resources.
David Chandler is the voice of this series and the one I hear in my head. The Minnesota locations and Indian words were pronounced as I expected. I appreciate his handling of all the voices of both genders, with distinct voices for all the main characters. Mostly these are Cork, Henry, Rainey, Stephen and Wabu. I was able to listen comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.
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