Lightning Strike

by Krueger, William Kent

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The author of the instant New York Times bestseller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O'Connor series—a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota's Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to twelve-year-old Cork O'Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself. Cork's father, Liam O'Connor, is Aurora's sheriff and it is his job to confirm that the man's death was the result of suicide, as all the evidence suggests. In the shadow of his father's official investigation, Cork begins to look for answers on his own. Together, father and son face the ultimate test of choosing between what their heads tell them is true and what their hearts know is right. In this masterful story of a young man and a town on the cusp of change, beloved novelist William Kent Krueger shows that some mysteries can be solved even as others surpass our understanding.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of bestseller Krueger's suspenseful 18th mystery, a prequel, featuring former sheriff turned PI Cork O'Connor (after 2018's Desolation Mountain), 12-year-old Cork, who's one-quarter Ojibwe, makes a horrifying discovery while hiking one day in 1963 in Minnesota's Superior National Forest--the hanged corpse of Big John Manydeeds, the uncle of a friend of Cork's from the Iron Lake Reservation. With no signs of foul play, the death is quickly ruled a suicide, especially after evidence is found that Big John, a recovering alcoholic, had fallen off the wagon. Cork's father, the Tamarack County sheriff, adopts that conclusion, but Cork isn't so sure, especially after seeing an apparition he believes might be the dead man's troubled spirit at the place where Big John died. He investigates, ultimately convincing his father that the case may be a homicide and that it's reasonable to look into those with a possible murder motive. Krueger makes the youthful version of his lead plausible, as well as his detective abilities. Longtime fans will relish Cork's rich backstory. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Brown & Miller Literary Assoc. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thriller
Publisher Atria Books2021
Language English
ISBN 9781982128708