Fox Creek

Atria. (Cork O’Connor, Bk. 19). Aug. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9781982128715. $28. M
Cork O’Connor is slinging hamburgers when a man claiming to be Lou Morriseau asks to hire him to find his wife Dolores. The man says that Dolores goes through fads, and now she thinks she’s in love with an Indigenous man named Henry Meloux. Cork knows that is not true. Henry is a revered Mide, an Ojibwe healer, and related to Cork through marriage (as the great-uncle to Cork’s wife Rainy). Dolores, who sought out Henry for his wisdom, is a troubled woman, but she insists the man whom Cork surreptitiously photographed is not her husband. Henry leads Rainy and Dolores deep into the woods, heading toward the Boundary Waters because he knows trouble is coming. Hunters are searching for Dolores, and Cork follows, knowing the trio are chased by men determined to kill, although no one understands why.
VERDICT Krueger, a Lefty Award winner for Lightning Strike, is one of those rare authors who combines intricately plotted, issue-oriented stories with mysticism and action. A must for fans of beautifully written crime fiction.
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