October 3 offers an evening of suspense exploring rural America with William Kent Krueger and Shannon Baker. Perennial favorite and multi-award-winning author Kent’s latest is Manitou Canyon, the fifteenth Cork O’Connor novel after a two-year break. Cork takes on the task of finding a man who disappeared in the vastness of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, only to vanish himself, causing his family to search for him. While on the road for his book tour, Kent is already at work on Cork #16, Sulfur Springs.
Shannon follows her three Nora Abbott mysteries of the American West with Stripped Bare, introducing Kate Fox, whose idyllic life in the Nebraska Sandhills is disrupted when her husband is suspected of murdering a local rancher and attempting to murder the rancher’s sheriff spouse. Kirkus noted, “Baker serves up a ballsy heroine, a colorful backdrop, and a surprising ending.”
Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy.
His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness on his own.
As the sky darkens and the days pass, Cork s family anxiously awaits his return. Finally certain that something has gone terribly wrong, they fly by floatplane to the lake where the missing man was last seen. Locating Cork s campsite, they find no sign of their father. They do find blood, however. A lot of it.
With an early winter storm on the horizon, it s a race against time as Cork s family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork s life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others.
Kate Fox is living the dream. She s married to Grand County Sheriff Ted Conner, the heir to her beloved Nebraska Sandhills cattle ranch, where they live with Kate s orphaned teenage niece, Carly. With the support of the well-connected Fox Clan, which includes Kate s eight boisterous and interfering siblings, Ted s reelection as Grand County Sheriff is virtually assured. That leaves Kate to the solitude and satisfaction of Frog Creek, her own slice of heaven.
One night Kate answers a shattering phone call from Roxy at the Bar J. Carly s granddad Eldon, owner of the ranch, is dead and Ted has been shot and may never walk again. Kate vows to find the killer. She soon discovers Ted responded so quickly to the scene because he was already at the Bar J . . . in Roxy s bed. And to add to her woes, Carly has gone missing.
Kate finds out that Eldon was considering selling his ranch to an obscenely rich environmentalist. Some in town hate the idea of an outsider buying up land, others are desperate to sell . . . and some might kill to get their way. As she becomes the victim of several accidents, Kate knows she must find the killer before it s too late. . . .
Cork O Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in this riveting mystery from "New York Times "bestselling, Edgar Award winning author William Kent Krueger.
When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a deadly mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don t explain how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, private investigator Cork O Connor takes on the case.
But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody s talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. He learns that the old port city of Duluth is a modern-day center for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger.
Yet Cork holds tight to his higher purpose his vow to find Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl whose family is desperate to get her back. With only the barest hope of saving her from men whose darkness rivals that of the legendary Windigo, Cork prepares for an epic battle that will determine whether it will be fear, or love, that truly conquers all.