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Desolation Mountain

William Kent Krueger: Desolation Mountain (USA 2019)

From the Publisher:
When a private plane carrying a U.S. senator and her family crashes in a remote area of northern Minnesota, killing everyone on board, Cork O'Connor, his son Stephen, and several Ojibwe men from the Iron Lake Reservation are among the first responders. The crash site lies in the shadow of Desolation Mountain, known to the Ojibwe people as Devil's eye, a cursed place. They've barely begun to sift through the wreckage when the FBI arrives and assumes control of the situation, immediately dismissing Cork and the other searchers. Not long afterward, when the Ojibwe first responders begin to vanish mysteriously, the mountain seems to be living up to its sinister reputation.

As Cork and Stephen investigate both the disappearances and the mystery at the heart of the crash itself, they find themselves blocked at every turn by interference from federal agencies. Misdirected by lies from the goverment, uncertain whom to trust, Cork and Stephen begin to understand that there is a menace lurking in the great Northwoods far more alevolent than they could ever have imagined, a dark power surrounding Desolation Mountain that treatens not only them but also everyone they love.

William Kent Krueger: Desolation Mountain. A Novel. Atria Books, ISBN: 9781501147470 (April, 2019), 320 p., $17.00.



Desolation Mountain

William Kent Krueger: Desolation Mountain (USA 2018)

From the Publisher:
New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger delivers yet another "punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction" (Booklist, starred review) as Cork O'Connor and his son Stephen work together to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash of a senator on Desolation Mountain and the mysterious disappearances of several first responders. This is a heart-pounding mystery the scope and consequences of which go far beyond what father or son could ever have imagined.

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.

In that far north Minnesota County, which is overrun with agents of the FBI, NTSB, DoD, and even members of a rightwing militia, all of whom have their own agendas, Cork, Stephen, and Bo attempt to navigate a perilous course. Roadblocked by lies from the highest levels of government, uncertain who to trust, and facing growing threats the deeper they dig for answers, the three men 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.

William Kent Krueger: Desolation Mountain. A Novel. Atria Books, ISBN: 9781501147463 (August, 2018), 320 p., $26.00.


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