Another fabulous novel by Edgar winner William Kent Krueger! Fox Creek is the nineteenth installment of the Cork O’Connor series and my twenty-first book by this talented writer. Do I enjoy his work… you bet as we sat here in Minnesota!
In Fox Creek, Cork races against time to save his wife Rainy, Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux, and a mysterious woman from violent mercenaries. Dolores Morriseau has come to Henry for guidance. When men fill the woods trying to capture her, Meloux leads them to safety deep in his beloved Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Well over 100 years old, he must do his best to outwit the mercenaries who follow them. Cork and Dolores’s brother-in-law, Anton, a tribal cop, become embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as they investigate and shadow the killers.
Written in an alternating narrative, Krueger has crafted another suspenseful mystery. One of Krueger’s greatest tools is his strong sense of place. I’m a lifelong Minnesotan, and I’ve canoed in the BWCA. His descriptions of the wilderness always make me feel like I’m paddling and portaging alongside him. He adds just enough backstory to move the plot along and uses both White and Native American perspective. If you prefer audiobooks, this one has a great narrator. 4.5 stars.