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The deftly plotted seventh Cork O'Connor novel represents a return to top form for Anthony-winner Krueger after 2006's disappointing Copper River. Henry Meloux asks Cork, who's now working as a part-time PI in his hometown of Aurora, Minn., to find a son the aged Ojibwe healer has never met from a relationship with a white woman, Maria Lima, "seventy-three winters" earlier. Armed with just two clues, a location in Canada and a gold watch with a picture of Maria, O'Connor soon finds the son, a retired mining entrepreneur, but arranging a meeting between son and father proves to be a challenging and surprisingly dangerous task. The book's middle third focuses on Meloux's past: how he became a guide for white men looking for gold in Canada, how he met and fell in love with one of their daughters, and the events that separated the young lovers. Despite the preponderance of back story, the action builds to a violent and satisfying denouement. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

While at death's door, longtime Obijwe healer Henry Meloux asks Minnesotia PI Cork O'Connor (Copper River) to find the son he fathered 70 years ago. Clues take Cork to Thunder Bay in Canada where the son, ultrawealthy Henry Wellington, lives as a recluse on an island. Despite a long digression involving Meloux's involvement with Marie, the mother of his child, as well as the Wellington family, Krueger keeps up the pace and the suspense. He also manages to integrate native visions and the ability to heal into the story without losing believability. Crisp writing and original plots make this a series to watch. Krueger lives in St. Paul. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"William Kent Krueger has one of the most fresh and authentic voices in crime fiction. In Thunder Bay he uses it to tell a resonant, gripping story. Don't miss this book." - S.J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author of In This Rain "Thunder Bay has everything that William Kent Krueger's longtime fans have come to expect in this lovely series - and everything it needs to entice new readers into the fold. Steeped in place, sweetly melancholic in tone, it braids together multiple stories about love, loss, and family. The result is a wholly satisfying novel that is over almost too soon." - Laura Lippman "William Kent Krueger is one of the best mystery writers out there, and Thunder Bay is his most powerful novel to date. Any reader who has yet to pick up one of his Cork O'Connor suspense novels is in for a rare treat." - Vince Flynn "Thunder Bay is William Kent Krueger's finest work. A strong story with a fast-beating heart, this is the kind of novel that will bring many new readers knocking on Cork O'Connor's door. Count me as one of them." - Michael Connelly

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