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Desolation Mountain: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #17) (Paperback)

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Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson

In Depth of Winter Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire goes rogue to save his kidnapped daughter from a vicious Mexican drug lord. After crossing the border against the explicit instructions of the US Government, Longmire begins his formidable journey with a colorful set of companions. In order to “blend-in” they set off in a 1959 pink Cadillac, with 6-foot-5, 250-pound Longmire pretending to be Bob Lilly, the legendary Dallas Cowboys football star. Things go well for a while, but then his cover is blown, the road ends, and the journey to the remote Chihuahuan village where his daughter is being held becomes an arduous trek through the desert in 110-degree heat. The brutal terrain and the action-packed encounters with narco henchmen nearly kill him, but Longmire never loses his wry wit and humanity. Johnson contrasts the evilness of the drug trade with the bravery and compassion of Longmire and his allies, always confident that good ultimately conquers evil. Highly recommended for fans of pulse-pounding thrillers, honorable heroes, and great storytelling. -Kim

— Kim



Edgar Award-winning author William Kent Krueger delivers another heart-pounding thriller filled with “dynamic action scenes” (The New York Times) as Cork O’Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the death of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

To Stephen O’Connor, Hamlet’s dour observation is more than just words. All his life, he has had visions of tragedies to come. When he experiences the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen. The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a United States senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen’s worst fears.

Stephen joins his father, Cork O’Connor and a few Ojibwe men from the nearby Iron Lake reservation to sift through the smoldering wreckage when the FBI arrives and quickly assumes control of the situation. As he initiates his own probe, Cork stumbles upon a familiar face in Bo Thorson, a private security consultant whose unnamed clients have hired him to look quietly into the cause of the crash. The men agree to join forces in their investigation, but soon Cork begins to wonder if Thorson’s loyalties lie elsewhere.

Roadblocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, and facing growing threats the deeper they dig for answers, Cork, Stephen, and Bo finally understand that to get to the truth, they will have to face the great menace, a beast of true evil lurking in the woods—a beast with a murderous intent of unimaginable scale. Krueger delivers yet another “punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction” (Booklist, starred review).

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of The River We Remember, This Tender LandOrdinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), and the original audio novella The Levee, as well as nineteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Lightning Strike and Fox Creek. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at

Praise For…

Praise for Desolation Mountain

"Krueger skillfully combines the otherworldly setting of the Minnesota wilds with Native American lore to create a winning mystery with more than a few surprises."
— Publishers Weekly

"Elegiac and frightful detail...dynamic action scenes."
— The New York Times

“Krueger is adept at fusing shocks with setting…Great atmosphere, both physical and cultural."
— Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501147470
ISBN-10: 1501147471
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Cork O'Connor Mystery Series