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Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular co Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family hires a beautiful private investigator to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that dark, personal motives lurk behind recent events. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy hide around every corner in this maze of danger. But somewhere beneath the turbulent Mercy Falls lies the truth -- and Cork is determined to find it....


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Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular co Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family hires a beautiful private investigator to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that dark, personal motives lurk behind recent events. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy hide around every corner in this maze of danger. But somewhere beneath the turbulent Mercy Falls lies the truth -- and Cork is determined to find it....

30 review for Mercy Falls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Lordy, I’m feeling good!!!! I have decided to take time out from reading books for others in order to read exactly what I want. So where did I start? With my all time favorite author who writes my all time favorite series starring my all time favorite protagonist, of course. Mercy Falls is book #5 of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series and what a sweet (as in stellar) ride this one was! Anyone who reads my reviews knows I have a lot of go-to authors who I always rave about. William Kent Lordy, I’m feeling good!!!! I have decided to take time out from reading books for others in order to read exactly what I want. So where did I start? With my all time favorite author who writes my all time favorite series starring my all time favorite protagonist, of course. Mercy Falls is book #5 of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series and what a sweet (as in stellar) ride this one was! Anyone who reads my reviews knows I have a lot of go-to authors who I always rave about. William Kent Krueger is special. He is THE cream of the crop of the elite group of crime/thriller writers that I dearly love. His characters are so engaging and endearing. I cry over sheriff (or non-sheriff, depending on the book) Cork and his travails. I love his wife Jo, attorney for the Ojibwe Indian Reservation, and their three kids who grow before our eyes as the series moves along. I am also always looking for Henry Meloux to make an appearance. Henry is an elderly Indian, very sage and very grounding for Cork. These characters are complex and sympathetic, and personal relationships play a significant role in this series. Mr. Krueger’s plots are first class. They are dark (though not graphic) and incredibly multilayered, and you never know where they are going. The O’Connor plots are carefully structured and lead to plenty of intrigue, action and suspense. There are also quiet moments for reflection and appreciation. Appreciation for the local culture and the land. I have visited northern Minnesota on several occasions and it is indeed God’s country; Mr. Krueger brings it to life like no other author. The writing is strong. The writing is elegant. The writing makes the reader FEEL. Mercy Falls embodies all of the above. The dark compelling plot puts Cork and his entire family in grave danger. There are also potential threats to Cork’s marriage from two different avenues. The ending found my heart in my throat and my hands grabbing for book #6. My advice to readers is twofold. First, get a handle on your reading obligations. If you don’t, those books that have been screaming your name are going to get away. Remember, you only live once. Second, read Iron Lake and see if you don’t feel the magic of Aurora, Minnesota, and the world of Cork O’Connor. This is one series where the books keep getting better and better. Jump on the train and see if you don’t fall in love too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Cork O'Connor is back in his sheriff saddle again (big surprise) and responds to a call on the rez with Deputy Marsha Dross. They immediately come under fire when Marsha exits the truck, later learning the call was a set up and the bullets were meant for Cork. That evening, they find the body of the Starlight representative who was trying to sign the Iron Lake Ojibwa to a management contract. The two don't seem connected but who knows? This was a challenging story with a few twists and turns but Cork O'Connor is back in his sheriff saddle again (big surprise) and responds to a call on the rez with Deputy Marsha Dross. They immediately come under fire when Marsha exits the truck, later learning the call was a set up and the bullets were meant for Cork. That evening, they find the body of the Starlight representative who was trying to sign the Iron Lake Ojibwa to a management contract. The two don't seem connected but who knows? This was a challenging story with a few twists and turns but mostly lots of intrigue and mystery. It's further complicated by the return of someone from Jo's past who is interested in resuming a relationship. It was tough to put this one down and be forewarned that it ends unresolved with sort of a cliffhanger. I'm glad someone warned me because I'm going to jump right into the next one. And, David Chandler just IS Cork O'Connor for me as his narration is spot on.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Starts with a shocker, then goes back in time to reveal how Cork and Jo got to that moment. Cork is officially working as sheriff of Aurora and someone is trying to kill him. As always, the people and land of northern Minnesota are main characters. William Kent Krueger's writing never disappoints. I just jump on board and enjoy the ride. There are several loose ends to be resolved in the next book so I'll read it very soon. Starts with a shocker, then goes back in time to reveal how Cork and Jo got to that moment. Cork is officially working as sheriff of Aurora and someone is trying to kill him. As always, the people and land of northern Minnesota are main characters. William Kent Krueger's writing never disappoints. I just jump on board and enjoy the ride. There are several loose ends to be resolved in the next book so I'll read it very soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    William

    A very mixed bag. There are some wonderful narrative passages, idyllic moments, several terrific action scenes, and loving interpersonal passages. However, there are also many dull dialogue sections, confused sections, a silly romantic sub-plot and a final, confusing, "who did what" info-dump to set up the next book. I was advised (very wisely) to SKIP the first chapter "How It Ends". Skipping this chapter and reading it last was far more effective for me. Krueger could be a truly great writer, bu A very mixed bag. There are some wonderful narrative passages, idyllic moments, several terrific action scenes, and loving interpersonal passages. However, there are also many dull dialogue sections, confused sections, a silly romantic sub-plot and a final, confusing, "who did what" info-dump to set up the next book. I was advised (very wisely) to SKIP the first chapter "How It Ends". Skipping this chapter and reading it last was far more effective for me. Krueger could be a truly great writer, but again and again he uses lazy and clichéd techniques. It came to me that really, Krueger is a gnurd dreaming of being bad-ass. Sometimes he actually pulls it off, too. Krueger's exposition can be wonderful. This is why I continue to read him: He could have told her. How the Canadian Shield, the stone mass that underlay everything there and broke through the thin topsoil in jagged outcroppings, was the oldest exposed rock on earth. How the glaciers two miles thick had crept across this land over the centuries, scraping everything down to that obdurate rock and leaving, as they receded, lakes as numerous and glittering as the stars in the night sky. How the land was still lifting itself up, released from the weight of that continent of ice, rebounding, a living thing unimaginably patient and enduring. We need more of this, and less clumsy dialogue and cockeyed romantic plotting. This book was really good until the gnurd-romance starts: Ben hitting on Jo, and Dina hitting on Cork, and the lazy plot devices started flowing regularly. Krueger has both Jo and Cork acting like immature, lovesick high school kids, susceptible to predators Ben and Dina. Jeez. Give it a rest. What a letdown 😥 When you compare Krueger's Jo to Robert B. Parker's Susan (wife of Spenser), you might dislike them both. It's very common for Spenser readers to dislike Susan, but she fills a real role in Spenser's life, and is based in part on Parker's real life marriage troubles with his wife, Joan. Unfortunately, Jo is almost entirely a clichéd prop in Cork stories. Very sad and a detriment to the series. How much better to have kept Molly 😥 Of course, other parts of the book are quite fun, well-written and the pacing until the end is very, very good. The outdoor stuff in the wilderness is wonderful, as always. A cute passage, but very sexist... “Here, let me show you a trick.” She reached down, grasped the bottom of her sweater, and in one quick, fluid movement, pulled it off over her head. Underneath she wore a low-cut top of some thin scarlet material that hugged her body like a surgical glove. Under that was a push-up bra that offered up her breasts with enough cleavage to swallow the Titanic. Cork dragged his eyes from her chest. “They teach you that at Quantico?” And more lazy, insulting plot devices by Krueger: (view spoiler)[ It's so obvious and ham-fisted using the Bronco fake-bomb scare, and Ben to prise Jo away from Cork while Dina goes in for him. It's gnurd-romance plotting. Really irritating. (hide spoiler)] Interview video with Krueger. Gnurd with one silver earring here. "Arrrr matey!" ... Someone really should tell him! Krueger interview, "Northwest Angle " And the plot continues raggedly into Book #6 "Copper River" which starts off with horrific child terror and death on the first page (and chapter). Ugh. Notes: 8.0% .... On advice from a friend, I skipped the "How It Ends" chapter and started with chapter 1. Wow, great start! 18.0% ... when you talk about clichéd writing, you have to remember that most men are walking clichés! 28.0% "... I really dislike family pot-boilers. Jo is once again being creepy-courted, and not saying Feck Off! I DONT WANT TO HEAR IT Kreuger you dickwad." 38.0% ... yet more usage of Cork's family as a plot device. * Godzilla Facepalm * 43.0% ... plot device so clichéd, it makes my teeth hurt. Cockneyed, unbelievably stupid romance near Evanston to follow, no doubt. Going to start skimming again * Facepalm * 69.0%".... when you compare Krueger's Jo to Robert B. Parker's Susan (wife of Spenser), you might dislike them both. It's very common for Spenser readers to dislike Susan, but she fills a real role in Spenser's life, and is based in part on Parker's real life wife, Joan. Jo is almost entirely a clichéd prop in Cork stories. Very sad and a detriment to the series. How much better to have kept Molly 😥 96.0% ... yet another confused ending, info dump of crap, setup for next book *facepalm* .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    Great book just as usual, however not a 5-star book for me as the previous books have been. I found the story to be good, but it didn't captivate me in the same way as the first 5 books. But, the open ending left me eager to start reading the next book. Great book just as usual, however not a 5-star book for me as the previous books have been. I found the story to be good, but it didn't captivate me in the same way as the first 5 books. But, the open ending left me eager to start reading the next book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I was really feeling smug because I was certain I knew how events would go down and who was to blame. WRONG! The more of the series I read, the more I admire Cork. We learn a little about when Cork met Jo in this story. Yet again we see the community and family cleave together with the beautiful Minnesota backdrop. Superb reading entertainment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    IslandRiverScribe

    The Tamarack County Sheriff’s Office is having a very bad day, actually a very bad 36 hours. The clock starts ticking when a sniper tries to kill our main protagonist, Sheriff Cork O’Connor, when he and a deputy respond to a domestic disturbance call on the Ojibwe reservation. The deputy, a close physical match to Cork in the dark shadows of sunset, is driving, is first to step out of the vehicle and is first to be cut down. Several shots later, Cork is wounded, though not critically, has pulled The Tamarack County Sheriff’s Office is having a very bad day, actually a very bad 36 hours. The clock starts ticking when a sniper tries to kill our main protagonist, Sheriff Cork O’Connor, when he and a deputy respond to a domestic disturbance call on the Ojibwe reservation. The deputy, a close physical match to Cork in the dark shadows of sunset, is driving, is first to step out of the vehicle and is first to be cut down. Several shots later, Cork is wounded, though not critically, has pulled the gut-shot deputy to cover and has backup on the way. When it becomes clear that the DD call was faked, that and other evidence at the scene convinces the investigative teams that someone wants Cork O’Connor dead. But Cork is not the only person someone wants dead. By the end of the next day, Edward Jacoby, an executive with a casino management firm, is found slaughtered at the lookout over Mercy Falls. And “slaughtered” is a fair description of the damage. He has been stabbed with a filet knife more times than can be counted on both hands. Then the filet knife is used to filet off some rather pertinent and private body parts. Finally, the killer leaves Jacoby displayed like the proverbial pig on a platter with an apple in its mouth, only it isn’t an apple. Now the question for the reader, as well as for our protagonist, is whether the two incidents are related. When Jacoby’s father, the owner of a Chicago investment firm, comes into town on his private jet, with an entourage, a personal chauffer for the rental car, and a vicious attitude toward Cork, one eyebrow lifts in favor of “not a coincidence.” Then when we learn that the major part of his entourage is his other son, who just so happens to be Cork’s wife’s lover from law school, the other eyebrow flies up fast enough to give you brain damage. It is my understanding that this 5th entry in the Cork O’Connor series won an Anthony Award, as did its predecessor, Blood Hollow. Now, I agree with the award for Blood Hollow. That was definitely a thrilling read that was hard to put down even in the wee hours of the morning. But Mercy Falls failed me from the opening words. The first three words of the book are: How It Ends. At first thought, that is really no problem for the average mystery reader because many mystery authors start their stories with some form of harm being inflicted on someone. This IS a police procedural after all, so an intro like that can be expected. The first three pages of the book describe the first waking moments of a woman with no memory of how she came to be in that bedroom, no memory of how she got bite marks on certain body parts, no idea of what day it is and no idea of why someone would be setting off firecrackers outside. See, harm has been and is still being inflicted on someone. And even the most amateur mystery reader knows that we are witnessing the aftermath of a Rohypnol-type rape and that those “firecrackers” are gunshots. Next, we see the silhouette holding a gun and staring down at a body in a swimming pool. Again, we recognize that harm has been inflicted on someone and our main protagonist, Sheriff Cork O’Connor, will have a case on his hands. Then we get to the last four sentences of that opening scene and the bottom drops out of our suppositions: the man with the gun is Cork and the woman who has been raped is his wife, Jo. We realize quickly that we are not actually at the beginning of a story or at the start of a case but somewhere way down a very dark path of plotline. And then, eyes wide and mouth still gaping, we turn the page to the next scene and find that Krueger has instantaneously transported us back in time to a point that precedes the “prologue” by several days. If, in starting his novel this way, Krueger was going for an off-the-chart shock factor, he certainly succeeded. But by proceeding with a flashback technique, instead of building that delightful tension of anticipation that rises as the clues present themselves, Krueger actually builds a page-by-page, depressing and deepening sense of dread. You recognize clue after clue, warning after warning that everything is spiraling toward the events of the “prologue.” And that wait is interminable – 92% of the book transpires before we encounter those fateful four sentences again. But, finally, the villains are found out and we start to breath a little easier, knowing that the remainder of the book should see them, if not in actual custody, at least on their way. And the storyline moves quickly in that direction – until you realize that it just seems that way. At the 98% point of the novel, Krueger turns the plot on a dime. When you reach the last page, you find out that there will be no resolution to the original story in this entry of the series, not even close. While the last scene does not constitute a true cliffhanger, it’s not the traditional hook hinting at a future storyline either. Frankly the non-ending is a cheap shot, its content clearly intended to push the reader into buying the next novel. Remember those first three words on the opening page – “How It Ends?” They lied.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) Audiobook "Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino. Sparks fly when RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) Audiobook "Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O'Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call -- only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he's called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family hires a beautiful private investigator to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that dark, personal motives lurk behind recent events. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy hide around every corner in this maze of danger. But somewhere beneath the turbulent Mercy Falls lies the truth -- and Cork is determined to find it...." (From Publisher) There is a lot going on this book and we get a look at Jo's past (and also how Cork and Jo met). I liked this book as there was so much action but I am not sure about the ending - just how plausible and satisfying it really was. There was a cliffhanger at the end, but I didn't have that feeling that I needed/wanted to read the next book right away. Rose is a small character in this book - and I miss her sanity in the O'Connor family. Another solid book by Krueger!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laurene

    Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger is the 5th installment of his Cork O'Connor series. The series continues to rely on the twist and turn of a mystery with "I didn't see that coming" at the end. This novel ends with a cliff hanger -- I am thankful for having the next installment at my finger tips! Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger is the 5th installment of his Cork O'Connor series. The series continues to rely on the twist and turn of a mystery with "I didn't see that coming" at the end. This novel ends with a cliff hanger -- I am thankful for having the next installment at my finger tips!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Dickison

    William Kent Krueger is one of my favorite authors and Cork O'Connor is one of my favorite characters, but I deducted a full star because a book should have an ending. Now I just feel manipulated. Krueger should sell the books together or finish one and start another. Not happy! William Kent Krueger is one of my favorite authors and Cork O'Connor is one of my favorite characters, but I deducted a full star because a book should have an ending. Now I just feel manipulated. Krueger should sell the books together or finish one and start another. Not happy!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    4.5 stars for this. I was tempted to subtract more from the rating because it's basically a two part story, but without any warning. It's OK to read by itself if you want, as the main mystery is solved, but it starts a second second thread that's continued in "Copper River", the 6th book of the series. But fortunately, I already have that one, so there's no reason for me to subtract anything. Just be aware of this. As usual, it was a very enjoyable read. I really like all of his books, not just t 4.5 stars for this. I was tempted to subtract more from the rating because it's basically a two part story, but without any warning. It's OK to read by itself if you want, as the main mystery is solved, but it starts a second second thread that's continued in "Copper River", the 6th book of the series. But fortunately, I already have that one, so there's no reason for me to subtract anything. Just be aware of this. As usual, it was a very enjoyable read. I really like all of his books, not just this series, but I do like the series. That said, I was a little annoyed at a couple of things in this story. One thing was Jo's continued association with an old boyfriend, especially meeting him in private places. There was no good reason for her to do this, as it was over between them, she had a happy family, and she didn't really know the guy that well, nor did she know why he left her 20 years ago. The other thing was the way Corc went in half-cocked looking for his wife near the end. But nobody's perfect. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series; in fact, I'm starting it now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Not sure where William Kent Krueger stole his magic from, but he certainly casts a spell over readers. Another book - another 5 stars. Cork is just such a likeable - yet believable - protagonist. Since this book does not resolve itself, I would recommend you having the next one lined up before you begin this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olivermagnus

    Tamarack County Sheriff Cork O'Connor and his deputy, Marsha Dross, are answering a domestic disturbance call on the Ojibwe reservation. When they arrive, they find the occupants of the house gone, their dogs dead, and then Marsha is seriously wounded by an unknown sniper. The investigation seems to indicate that the bullet was actually meant for Cork. At the same time, Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman trying to negotiate a contract with the local Indian casino, is murdered. Now Cork, already Tamarack County Sheriff Cork O'Connor and his deputy, Marsha Dross, are answering a domestic disturbance call on the Ojibwe reservation. When they arrive, they find the occupants of the house gone, their dogs dead, and then Marsha is seriously wounded by an unknown sniper. The investigation seems to indicate that the bullet was actually meant for Cork. At the same time, Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman trying to negotiate a contract with the local Indian casino, is murdered. Now Cork, already a man down, has to deal with Jacoby's murder and find the person who shot Marsha. What makes it worse is that Jacoby is from a wealthy Chicago family reputed to be associated with organized crime and Jacoby's brother used to be Cork's wife, Jo's, college boyfriend. Add into the mix one more element.....a beautiful private investigator hired by the Jacoby family who seems to have an attraction to Cork. I listed to the audio of this book, narrated by David Chandler, who did a phenomenal job. One of the things I love about this series is the rural Minnesota setting. The characters are very believable and the author does a good job of detailing Cork's relationship with the Ojibwe, as he himself is part Anishinaabeg. I have never read a bad Kruger book and I was completely hooked by this compelling story. Mercy Falls is the fifth book in the Cork O'Connor series and it received the Anthony Award for Best Mystery Book of 2006. I usually prefer to read a series in order, but this can easily be read as a standalone. Actually, if you commit to reading this book, you will also have to read the next book in the series, Copper River, because several threads of the story are not cleared up until then.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Another good addition to the series, though the ending seemed a bit implausible to me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maygirl7

    This was a nail-biter at the end. I listened to it most of the day just to figure out what was happening. It ends on a cliffhanger so be prepared to start reading Copper River as soon as you finish this one. I hope to come back and add more to this review later but .... This was a nail-biter at the end. I listened to it most of the day just to figure out what was happening. It ends on a cliffhanger so be prepared to start reading Copper River as soon as you finish this one. I hope to come back and add more to this review later but ....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart     Read It, Rate It and Record    A short review to update challenges   I really am loving this   Cork O'Connor series.   It took me almost 3 months to get back to this series which is so frustrating but there are many great things to read. I'm incredibly grateful my library has these on audio.  I continue to wonder at the number of murders in a small, remote area but there are also big power and politics: the casino, the lumbe This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart     Read It, Rate It and Record    A short review to update challenges   I really am loving this   Cork O'Connor series.   It took me almost 3 months to get back to this series which is so frustrating but there are many great things to read. I'm incredibly grateful my library has these on audio.  I continue to wonder at the number of murders in a small, remote area but there are also big power and politics: the casino, the lumber industry, and a tourist industry as well.  The law enforcement does probably cover a larger area with lower populations. The blurb does an excellent job of stating the situations in Mercy Falls. There is plenty of action, mystery, and plot. I am disappointed in both Cork and Jo, as they exhibit some TSTL actions in the face of current dangers. They also needed to be a bit more protective of their personal relationship. Their desire for the truth has killed the cat. I hope I can get to more of these soon. I'm glad I have some books to go before I catch up to current. Mercy Falls ends in a cliffhanger, so it's on to Copper River. Narration: David Chandler continues to handle the series in a performance which is a pleasure for me. The voices are all comfortable, both male and female. I was able to listen at my newer 1.5x speed.  The Minnesota locations and Indian words were pronounced as I expected. Listen to a clip:  HERE  

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    WOW! WOW! WOW! and after saying that....OMG! I was so wrapped up in reading "Mercy Falls" that I didn't notice that I was almost to the last few pages and the answers were still not there! WHAT WAS GOING ON? and suddenly as I turned the last page, I realized ON NO! a TWO PART-ER! Mr Krueger, you are so devious! I was STUNNED and SHOCKED and at the same time, SO GLAD that I had planned ahead and bought "COPPER RIVER" at the same time as when I purchased "MERCY FALLS" and thank goodness I had or I WOW! WOW! WOW! and after saying that....OMG! I was so wrapped up in reading "Mercy Falls" that I didn't notice that I was almost to the last few pages and the answers were still not there! WHAT WAS GOING ON? and suddenly as I turned the last page, I realized ON NO! a TWO PART-ER! Mr Krueger, you are so devious! I was STUNNED and SHOCKED and at the same time, SO GLAD that I had planned ahead and bought "COPPER RIVER" at the same time as when I purchased "MERCY FALLS" and thank goodness I had or I would have been lost! I finished the last page of "MERCY FALLS" and ran into my den and grabbed "COPPER RIVER" off my TO READ shelf and sat right down and started it. Talk about being "Hooked" on this authors writings, WOW! So...MERCY FALLS", #5 of 11 and still going strong! I am still amazed at how much I am enjoying each and every one of these mysteries. From the locale, in the Boundary Waters, Great Northeast area of Minnesota, along the US/Canadian border to the fantastic characters, Cork, his wife Jo, their family as well as the Men and Women Cork works with in his sherrifs department along withe the characters that come into the story, usually associated with the murder and murderS that occur. Again, Mr William Kent Krueger has a way with describing not only the scenery, this amazing area of the country but the people that inhabit the town and the Indian Reservation, that just takes my breath away. Again and again, I find myself stopping, and backing up to re-read a passage and almost shutting my eyes and just envisioning what he has just described. Very few authors can do this for me. John Hart's "IRON HOUSE" and LAST CHILD" is in this category of superb writing. OK, I need to stop and get back to "COPPER RIVER". A 2 part Mystery! Mr Krueger, you are so mean but I LOVE IT. Thank you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another great read in this series although I had a few quibbles with it! I wish I had not read the first few pages entitled How it Ends. Knowing what was going to happen just made me nervous and since it took all of the book before it happened I was nervous for a long time! I also did not like the ending. I am used to the author rounding off each book with a solution to the crimes but this one takes us off into a rather far fetched direction without resolution. Despite all that the book was great Another great read in this series although I had a few quibbles with it! I wish I had not read the first few pages entitled How it Ends. Knowing what was going to happen just made me nervous and since it took all of the book before it happened I was nervous for a long time! I also did not like the ending. I am used to the author rounding off each book with a solution to the crimes but this one takes us off into a rather far fetched direction without resolution. Despite all that the book was great. All the usual great atmosphere, friendly characters, lots of murders and plenty of action and suspense. A book which was very hard to put down and which I kept thinking about even when I was not reading it. I am looking forward to book #6:)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Hmm. I can't believe I'm going to write this but Mercy Falls just didn't do it for me. (Although the line: "It didn't feel right. A man like Eli might get drunk and riled up enough to kill his wife, but he'd never shoot his dogs" made me laugh. That I understood completely.) I guess I most disliked (view spoiler)[Jo getting raped and how I was left hanging at the end of the book. (hide spoiler)] I have to admit, however, that there were twists I had guessed incorrectly. Hmm. I can't believe I'm going to write this but Mercy Falls just didn't do it for me. (Although the line: "It didn't feel right. A man like Eli might get drunk and riled up enough to kill his wife, but he'd never shoot his dogs" made me laugh. That I understood completely.) I guess I most disliked (view spoiler)[Jo getting raped and how I was left hanging at the end of the book. (hide spoiler)] I have to admit, however, that there were twists I had guessed incorrectly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I am so loving the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger! They just keep getting better and better. The best thing I can say about this book is, "Man, I wish I had the next one on hand!!" I am so loving the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger! They just keep getting better and better. The best thing I can say about this book is, "Man, I wish I had the next one on hand!!"

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz Pruski

    In 2006 William Kent Krueger won the Anthony Award for “Mercy Falls”, which I find quite surprising. I would think that a novel winning a prestigious mystery book award should have at least one of the following: believable, clever, and enthralling plot, virtuoso writing, vivid characterizations of people, astute psychological or sociological observations, uncannily accurate sense of places and times, or some other distinctive feature that sets it apart from thousands of other mystery novels. Obv In 2006 William Kent Krueger won the Anthony Award for “Mercy Falls”, which I find quite surprising. I would think that a novel winning a prestigious mystery book award should have at least one of the following: believable, clever, and enthralling plot, virtuoso writing, vivid characterizations of people, astute psychological or sociological observations, uncannily accurate sense of places and times, or some other distinctive feature that sets it apart from thousands of other mystery novels. Obviously, I must not be a competent reader because I could not find any such qualities in “Mercy Falls”, although it is a fine and readable novel. The plot begins with Sheriff Cork O’Connor and Deputy Dross being shot at (Dross is seriously wounded) on the Ojibwe Indian reservation in northern Minnesota. Then, the mutilated body of a Chicago businessman, who has been involved in negotiating a management contract with the local Indian casino, is found at Mercy Falls. The plot is promising and engaging at the beginning of the novel, but then it slows down and plods along. The pace picks up a little at the end, unfortunately at the expense of plausibility; some components of the denouement are just plain ridiculous. The writing is competent, economical, and simple, yet far from outstanding. “Smiles like small bright caterpillars crawled across his daughters’ lips” is not a sentence that the best mystery authors would use in their prose. The characters in the novel, even the main ones, are drawn rather sketchily. No wonder – this is the sixth book in the Cork O’Connor series, so the readers (and the writer) know everything about the recurring characters, which seems to absolve the author from providing any depth. The life and culture of Ojibwe people are not shown in any depth either. Again, the author had probably done a much better job in this respect in the first books of the series (I have not read any of the previous novels). There are three threads in the novel: the “sheriff procedural”, a story line related to Jo O’Connor’s past, and Dina Willner’s thread. To me the last one is the most satisfying; the first one is just not very interesting, and the second is psychologically implausible. The observations of the arrogance of the very rich people are far from profound. The book features a literary gimmick: it begins with a short chapter “How It Ends”. It does not add anything to the story; it is just the author’s way of telling the reader “Look how clever I am!” “Mercy Falls” is a good book; I am just unable to find any award-deserving qualities in it. Three stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Okay, I confess I don’t know why I’m still listening to these. Being from Northern MN and knowing the town of Aurora, I have brain skids trying to place his fictional ‘Aurora’ to a live landscape. I had to do some mental town swapping to make the location work in my head – and on the map. That irritates me. Jo O’Connor, for having married a Chicago cop who now lives in an isolated Northern MN town, is a worry wart and seems to have forgotten what it is like to be a cops wife and she vacillates b Okay, I confess I don’t know why I’m still listening to these. Being from Northern MN and knowing the town of Aurora, I have brain skids trying to place his fictional ‘Aurora’ to a live landscape. I had to do some mental town swapping to make the location work in my head – and on the map. That irritates me. Jo O’Connor, for having married a Chicago cop who now lives in an isolated Northern MN town, is a worry wart and seems to have forgotten what it is like to be a cops wife and she vacillates between being the poor housewife and a nosey lawyer. And for being a cops wife and a lawyer, her common sense shorts out somewhere at the beginning of the book. I called her names several times – luckily no one noticed me muttering under my breath. The downside of an audio book. Cork has become a putz. For many reasons. But what I think drove it home for me is when he goes dashing off into the BWCAW on a man hunt, he doesn’t bring any K9 sniffing dogs with. No. He brings Henry Milieu, who’s age is not revealed, but must be in his 80’s. I’m seriously shaking my head on this one. He has at his disposal air scent dogs, ground scent dogs, and he brings a nearly blind Trial Elder. It was almost as if Milieu hadn't been part of this mystery and the author needed a way to bring in one of his favorite characters. I would have been happier if he had left Milieu at home for another day and brought a dog. I'm also very undecided about the Ending as Beginning literary technique. I found it revealed more than I cared for and I basically spent the book fitting plot to the "beginning/ending" rather than just being able to enjoy the story (see comment above where I'm swearing at the book). And lastly, without giving anything away - in case there are still folks out there reading this series - the end annoyed the begeebus out of me. I don't like to be annoyed when reading a book. Entertained, amused, saddened, those are all fine emotions to elicit. But annoyed? Don't even go there...and this book did.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Starting near the end proved to be a clever way to begin the fifth book in the Cork O’Connor series (and my first introduction to the Minnesota sheriff). Surrounded by beautiful prose, the reader becomes engrossed in the story, and the pace doesn’t disappoint either. There’re more than enough sub-plots to keep the reader entertained and guessing about what might happen next. Cork isn’t perfect; he has just enough flaws to keep him human, instead of being larger than life. Like Cork, the other cha Starting near the end proved to be a clever way to begin the fifth book in the Cork O’Connor series (and my first introduction to the Minnesota sheriff). Surrounded by beautiful prose, the reader becomes engrossed in the story, and the pace doesn’t disappoint either. There’re more than enough sub-plots to keep the reader entertained and guessing about what might happen next. Cork isn’t perfect; he has just enough flaws to keep him human, instead of being larger than life. Like Cork, the other characters are fleshed out well, and the story moves at a steady pace toward the ending. William Kent Krueger makes Minnesota sound both beautiful and enchanting, with rich history to fill every page. While the ending may not satisfy all readers, it certainly worked for me: I want to pick up book six, as well as go back to the beginning, and read all the books in this two-time Anthony Award-winning series. Despite the author growing his audience over the years, and deservedly reaching the New York Times Bestseller’s List, he deserves an even bigger reach. If you enjoy beautiful descriptions and well-drawn characters, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better read than MERCY FALLS.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Another good addition to the series. This one didn't wrap anything up though for the first time. The story continues in the next book Copper River. This series continues to be entertaining. I love Corc and his whole family. The setting is lovely and the descriptions are making me wish to visit the area in Minnesota. I do think that the characters missed a clue that was super obvious but that was only a minor misstep. Another good addition to the series. This one didn't wrap anything up though for the first time. The story continues in the next book Copper River. This series continues to be entertaining. I love Corc and his whole family. The setting is lovely and the descriptions are making me wish to visit the area in Minnesota. I do think that the characters missed a clue that was super obvious but that was only a minor misstep.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Some of you are aware that I am a devoted Barbra Streisand fan. Ever since her early career, Streisand has been known for breaking those rules of convention that people view as sacred, but which, it can be argued, make very little difference. For example, when she performed at supper clubs in the early 1960's, she often began her set with a ballad, something which was viewed as a surefire recipe for failure. Did she fail? Well, you've all heard of her; so there's your answer. I was reminded of t Some of you are aware that I am a devoted Barbra Streisand fan. Ever since her early career, Streisand has been known for breaking those rules of convention that people view as sacred, but which, it can be argued, make very little difference. For example, when she performed at supper clubs in the early 1960's, she often began her set with a ballad, something which was viewed as a surefire recipe for failure. Did she fail? Well, you've all heard of her; so there's your answer. I was reminded of this when I read William Kent Krueger's comments about the fourth and fifth books in his Cork O'Connor series. (See http://www.williamkentkrueger.com/mer... for his comments.) As he explains, MERCY FALLS, book 4 in the series, leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions which are dealt with in the next book in the series, COPPER RIVER. Krueger tells us that COPPER river can be read as a continuation of the story begun in MERCY FALLS or as a standalone novel. It's an interesting idea. As MERCY FALLS begins, we find O'Connor back in his role as sheriff of Tamarack County. He responds to what seems to be a rather typical domestic violence complaint. It becomes anything but typical when a sniper aims at him. Shortly thereafter, a badly mutilated corpse is found above the waters of Mercy Falls. The body is that of a prominent Chicago businessman who has been attempting to negotiate a contract between his company and the local casino which is owned by the Ojibwe tribe with which we have become familiar in earlier series entries. This is a complex, well crafted mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat; (in fact, I was up until 2 in the morning last night because I knew that I would never sleep until I finished it.) This novel won the Edgar Award and it's very easy to understand why. I don't know how Krueger does it, but this series just gets better and better. Since there are still many questions waiting to be answered, I'm off to start COPPER RIVER; I can't put it off another minute!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stevens

    This is my first William Kent Krueger, so keep that in mind. I like strong regional mystery fiction (Stephen Hamilton, Margaret Coel, C.J. Box) and Krueger certainly hangs with the best. “Mercy Falls” lays out a compelling plot and one of the strengths here for me was the way Krueger fully realizes both of Sheriff Cork O’Connor’s two families. First, his wife & children. Second, his cop shop team. Krueger reveals warmth in both of these circles, which contrasts well with the danger and one grisl This is my first William Kent Krueger, so keep that in mind. I like strong regional mystery fiction (Stephen Hamilton, Margaret Coel, C.J. Box) and Krueger certainly hangs with the best. “Mercy Falls” lays out a compelling plot and one of the strengths here for me was the way Krueger fully realizes both of Sheriff Cork O’Connor’s two families. First, his wife & children. Second, his cop shop team. Krueger reveals warmth in both of these circles, which contrasts well with the danger and one grisly corpse that Cork encounters in “Mercy Falls.” Krueger isn’t afraid to go into the point of view of Cork’s wife, Jo, and those scenes add texture and layers to the police procedural. The ingredients in the plot aren’t that unusual. Casino developers, Indian reservation issues, big money, family feuds, a fifth-wheel investigator. Toward the end, the case leads Cork out into the Boundary Waters to chase the bad guy—and some slightly implausible shooting by a beautiful private investigator saves the day. The Booklist review suggested there are so many twists and turns that “Mercy Falls” will leave you “dazed and confused.” But the plot is easy to track. Cork’s feet are solidly on the ground. The writing is sharp but non-flashy. The action scenes are taut. Krueger isn’t showing off, just telling a yarn. Your head will not spin. There’s controversy about the ending. Since I’m not as fully invested in Cork O’Connor as others, I didn’t feel cheated.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This Anthony Award winning novel is Krueger’s 5th offering featuring Sheriff Cork O’Connor of Tamarac County. Cork’s part-Anishinaabe heritage allows him to bridge the inherent distrust that the native Ojibwe have of law enforcement. Mercy Falls opens with an assassination attempt on Sheriff O’Connor’s life while investigating a domestic disturbance on the Reservation. And before Cork can fully absorb that, the murder of a Chicago businessman also commands Cork’s attention. Add in the appearance This Anthony Award winning novel is Krueger’s 5th offering featuring Sheriff Cork O’Connor of Tamarac County. Cork’s part-Anishinaabe heritage allows him to bridge the inherent distrust that the native Ojibwe have of law enforcement. Mercy Falls opens with an assassination attempt on Sheriff O’Connor’s life while investigating a domestic disturbance on the Reservation. And before Cork can fully absorb that, the murder of a Chicago businessman also commands Cork’s attention. Add in the appearance of one of Jo’s old boyfriends and a femme fatale former FBI agent, and events just keep getting more complicated. Unfortunately, this action-packed tale is not fully resolved by the end. The reader needs to read the next installment, Copper River, for that.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Krueger's writing is superb as is his character development. After reading several of his books with Cork O'Connor, I feel as though he is an old friend. I rated this book five stars because it has the mixture of high suspense along with the connection of O'Connor's Native American heritage and description of the beautiful countryside. But what a surprise--just when you think things are being wrapped up, there is a twist and the book ends. I think I'll have to get the next book soon to see how m Krueger's writing is superb as is his character development. After reading several of his books with Cork O'Connor, I feel as though he is an old friend. I rated this book five stars because it has the mixture of high suspense along with the connection of O'Connor's Native American heritage and description of the beautiful countryside. But what a surprise--just when you think things are being wrapped up, there is a twist and the book ends. I think I'll have to get the next book soon to see how my friend fairs.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Very glad I have the Cork O'Connor #6 on hand... There's something very appealing about Krueger's writing and plotting and characters and dialogue. Just everything, really. When he fills you in on essential details from previous books or Things You Need to Know (something every series author must deal with), he does so quickly and in brief--but he never, ever leaves the storyline long. The story feels real, and urgent, all the time. And the writing. Oh, the writing. Plainspoken, with a depth of fe Very glad I have the Cork O'Connor #6 on hand... There's something very appealing about Krueger's writing and plotting and characters and dialogue. Just everything, really. When he fills you in on essential details from previous books or Things You Need to Know (something every series author must deal with), he does so quickly and in brief--but he never, ever leaves the storyline long. The story feels real, and urgent, all the time. And the writing. Oh, the writing. Plainspoken, with a depth of feeling. The plot's great, too--and of course, there's a surprise ending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    Another exciting, suspenseful entry in the Cork O'Connor mystery series, this novel not only has a page-turner of a story, but also features excellent characters you can care about, a vivid sense of place (northern Minnesota), a fast pace, and beautiful prose. The reason I gave it only four stars is the unexpected cliffhanger at the end, but fortunately, I don't have to wait for the next book, which I already have on my shelves (along with most of the rest of the series). Another exciting, suspenseful entry in the Cork O'Connor mystery series, this novel not only has a page-turner of a story, but also features excellent characters you can care about, a vivid sense of place (northern Minnesota), a fast pace, and beautiful prose. The reason I gave it only four stars is the unexpected cliffhanger at the end, but fortunately, I don't have to wait for the next book, which I already have on my shelves (along with most of the rest of the series).

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