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Red Knife

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2019
10 hours 24 minutes
Private investigator Cork O'Connor finds himself caught in the middle of a racial gang war that's turning picturesque Tamarack County, Minnesota, into a battlefield. When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red. Both sides look to Cork O'Connor, a man of mixed heritage, to uncover the truth behind the murders. A former sheriff, Cork has lived, fought, and nearly died to keep the small-town streets and his family safe from harm. He knows that violence is never a virtue, but he believes that it's sometimes a necessary response to the evil that men do. Racing to find answers before the bloodshed spreads, Cork himself becomes involved in the darkest of deeds. As the unspeakable unfolds in the remote and beautiful place he calls home, Cork is forced to confront the horrific truth: violence is a beast that cannot be contained. In Red Knife, Krueger gives his readers a vivid picture of racial conflict in small-town America, as well as a sensitive look at the secrets we keep from even those closest to us and the destructive nature of all that is left unsaid between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and lovers.
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Patricia A V.

Cork O’Conner is on the case again. Seems that even though he’s not the sheriff, he’s indispensable to law enforcement and solving cases — especially on the Res. This is a good mystery series with character continuity and a storyline the travels well from book to book. Weaving in the Native American influence of the Anishinaabe people of the region adds depth to the stories. The narrator is excellent and pleasant to listen to.

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Love this series

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Gina M.

My husband and I enjoy listening to this series together but we both agree that this one took a sharp turn to the dark side. Gun violence is quite disturbing and has become more of a horrific reality recently. The school shooting felt like it didn’t fit with the rest of the story. So so sad and dark. Unfortunately, too real.

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Carol B.

So much violence … sadness. William Kent Krueger has addressed the never ending theme of guns and the horror that results. One of his most chilling and sad books.

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Daniel F.

Whites are bitter and evil, Indians are pure as the driven snow. Gets old, I’m out!

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Anne F.

This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   I am thrilled that just as I am working my way through the  Cork O'Connor series, Recorded Books is rerecording the ones not originally by the primary narrator of the series, David Chandler.  I love this series SO much.  There is the Minnesota setting, the mystery / suspense aspects of police or private investigation, the moral views on various situations,  the compassion Cork and his family have for others,  and the development of the family and friends in Aurora, MN. I feel you do need to read the series in order, to know the characters and what the current status is with Cork's family. In Red Knife,  Jenny is in college, and Annie is finishing high school. Cork is working as a private investigator but getting ready to open Sam's for the summer. The historical aspects of Native Americans and their current difficulties are a focus.  Cork is asked to arrange a meeting, to try to avert racial tensions which never happens because of brutal murders.  There are also serious issues between the young and older members of the Tribe.  Everything is set to explode into more deaths. Cork is in the middle of things with both the police force and the tribe wanting him to solve the murders and locate the likely suspect.  I felt it was unfair of the police wanting him to do their job when he is no longer sheriff. But he certainly had the most chance of success.  There are many disenfranchised youth and cultural tensions which erupt in Red Knife. Narration: I'm so happy the series will have all David Chandler narration. At least, I hope they will rerecord all of them with him.  I love his handling of all the voices, both the male and female. The Minnesota locations and Indian words were pronounced as I expected.  I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed. Listen to a clip:  HERE

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