Book 2 of 2014 is Tamarack County the 13th book in the great Cork O’Connor series from William Kent Krueger, This series and Karin Slaughter’s Grant County/WillTrent series just my be my two favorites. One of the reasons these series are at the top of my reading list is the development of the characters throughout the length of the series. Tamarack County certainly continues the development of Cork O’Connor and his family; daughter Jenny and grandson Waaboo, daughter Anne and son Steven. The story opens with the disappearance of Evelyn Carter, wife of the County Judge. Her car is found on a back road with the gas tank empty and no Evelyn. An unsuccessful hunt for her body turns up nothing,and after a bloody knife is found in the Judge’s garage, the thoughts of the police turn to murder.
Meanwhile, Cork’s daughter Anne comes home early from California, where she is studying to become a nun. She appears troubled and doesn’t want to discuss her problem with anyone. Son Steven has a girlfriend Marlee Daychild. Cork’s love Rainy is in Arizona helping her son with his fight with drugs and alcohol, leaving Cork’s spiritual advisor and friend Henry Meloux alone. Henry decides to spend the winter with his son, in Thunder Bay. After the disappearance of Evelyn, the dog of Stella Daychilld’s brother Ray Jay is decapitated. This leads Cork in to the life of Stella, as Cork soon is staying with the Daychild’s, to keep them safe. As action develops in Aurora, Henry sends a message to Steven that an evil spirit is loose in Tamarack County and is watching their house!!
Cork and Sheriff Marsha Dross connect the murder and dog killing to a 20-year-old murder that may have sent an innocent man to prison. Can Cork and Marsha unravel the mystery before the evil touches Cork and his family?? Can Steven have a vision like Henry wants him to and discover the answers?? Why is Annie home and can she resolve her personal problems?? These are just a few of the questions that arise throughout the novel!!
Kent Krueger’s novels always work on many levels and this one is no exception. As the reader is not only entertained by an intriguing, fast-paced mystery full of suspense, but is also presented with lessons on the meaning of love, life’s purpose and calling,, as well as temptation and revenge all in 309 pages! I wish we all had a Henry Meloux to help us understand the Great Mystery.
As always it would be best to read this great series in order, so that you understand all the many references throughout the book of past events. If you do not mind finding out about these events, after knowing the outcomes, go right ahead and enjoy this book.
Recently, William Kent Krueger’s book Ordinary Grace was nominated for a 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel. congratulations!.