Solid storytelling and intriguing characters in this suspenseful adventure thriller.

Each day leading up to the April 14 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today we feature 2012 Genre Fiction Finalist:

Northwest Angle
William Kent Kreuger

Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Category Sponsor: Marvin Windows and Doors


With his family caught in the crosshairs of a group of brutal killers, detective Cork O’Connor must solve the murder of a young girl in this latest installment of William Kent Krueger’s bestselling series.

An excerpt from Northwest Angle:

He woke long before it was necessary, had wakened in this way for weeks, troubled and afraid. A dull illumination came through the houseboat window into the cabin he shared with his son. Not light exactly. More the promise of light. False dawn, Cork O’Connor knew.

Click here for a chapter-long excerpt of Northwest Angle.


William Kent Krueger, acclaimed author of ten Cork O’Connor novels, has won four Minnesota Book Awards. Click here to visit his website.


“There’s a good reason Krueger’s name keeps cropping up in the list of yearly Minnesota Book Award contenders. And this could quite possibly be the best yet.”
– Minnesota Book Awards judge

“William Kent Krueger can’t write a bad book. Northwest Angle is one of his best. A complex crime novel that contains meditations on the difficulties of loving and the paths we take to reach God, this Cork O’Connor novel has everything you want in a great read: depth, action, and credibility.”
– Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

“Solid storytelling and intriguing characterizations combine for a sobering look at the power of family and faith and Native American culture. Krueger never writes the same book twice as each installment finds him delving deeper into Cork’s psyche.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“…What began as a beautifully written thriller is transformed into a tale of selfless love, redemption and hope, without losing an iota of the suspense promised at its inception.”
– BookReporter


Watch the book trailer for the newest Cork O’Connor thriller. Among other things, it explains why the Northwest Angle, on Lake of the Woods in far northern Minnesota, is the perfect setting for a Midwest murder mystery.

In this video, William Kent Kreuger discusses his characters and how, even after twelve installments, each new Cork O’Connor book is a new and unique reading experience.

Prized Writers: Plotting Mysteries

  (full episode) Minnesota Book Award winners, William Kent Krueger and P.J. Tracy

Minnesota Book Award winners and mystery authors P. J. Tracy and William Kent Krueger in conversation, discussing their approaches to writing as a craft, and mystery writing’s special challenges. Produced by tpt-Minnesota Channel with the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.



Award winners will be announced at the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Saint Paul Riverfront. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. New this year: a post-awards “Epilogue Celebration.” Tickets are available online or by calling 651-222-3242. Click here for more information.

Have you read Northwest Angle? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: