Book Review: Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger

Northwest Angle
William Kent Krueger
Atria Books, August 2011
ISBN 9781439153956

Action and intrigue and a trip into the human heart all set in the distant north. Amidst the beauty of nature, water and forest, in the boundary waters of Lake of the Woods lies evil, corruption, and greed. Krueger‘s latest novel featuring Cork O’Connnor has a little bit of everything and doesn’t let up until the end.

Cork has brought his family to the Lake of the Woods for a September vacation. When a sudden rare but violent storm strands Cork and his older
daughter, Jenny, on one of the thousands islands in the waters between the United States and Canada, they discover a mystery which will endanger everyone. First they find a lonely cabin filled with supplies, then the body of a murdered girl, and finally a baby boy, alive but malnourished. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of a stranger, they reunite with the rest of the family, only to be thrown into solving the mystery of the murder. However, eyes are watching and who knows who can be trusted. Cork must unravel the puzzle in order to save his family.

This is a little bit mystery, a little bit intrigue, and a little bit of soul searching. An interesting mix of characters makes for an entertaining book. There is so much here-Ojibwe Indian wisdom and culture, a look at Christian faith both good and self-serving, and personal relationships–all in with the backdrop of northern Minnesota and amidst a murder mystery. Krueger writes a well-blended in-depth story sure to entertain.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, December 2011.
Author of Night Shadows and Beta.