on January 31, 2004
In Aurora, Minnesota, seventeen years old Charlotte Kane vanishes after being seen at a New Year's Eve Party. A search led by Sheriff Wally Shanno of the Northwoods in frozen January turns up nothing. Four thawing months later, the daughter of wealthy recluse Dr. Fletcher Kane is found dead. The locals have no confidence in Shanno and his staff solving the hideous homicide so many encourage former sheriff turned hamburger establishment owner Cork O'Connor to investigate the crime.
While Shanno leans towards Ojibwa Solemn Winter Moon, whom the victim romantically toyed with, Cork sees several possible other suspects with stronger motives and opportunities. He beings questioning Charlotte's father and Catholic Father Mal Thorne as the former law enforcement official tries to do what he perceives is the right thing, justice for the dead that no longer can obtain such on their own.
BLOOD HOLLOW is a strong private investigative tale with obvious police procedural elements involved due to the official inquiry and the hero's background. The story line brings home the unbearably cold and desolate landscape (keep the heat on) as few novels can so that the background makes the investigation seem even bleaker yet also shows the strength of character of some of the cast especially Cork. Though he makes progress in his family relationships, he sees a bit too ideally perfect unofficially wearing his old sheriff's hat, but fans will appreciate a moral outstanding citizen seeking resolution for someone who is beyond caring what happens.
on February 26, 2004
Cork Corcoran, ex-sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota is searching for answers as to the death of Charlotte Kane, a young woman who disappeared several months before and whose body has turned up after the snow has melted. Cork wants to find the killer in order to exonerate his friend, Solemn Winter Moon. Complex interrelationships among the locals complicate the investigation. However, nobody is prepared for Solemn's claim that he has seen Christ in a vision or the miracles that soon follow.
William Kent Krueger is one of perhaps a dozen American midlist authors who through his style of writing and creation of characters sets the standard for the rest of the genre. Kent is not capable of writing a bad book. Some may be better than others but the work will always have a high standard. This is of no exception. Well paced, compelling and a satisfying solution make this an all around highly recommended read.
on November 7, 2011
If you've read my previous reviews of Krueger's books, you'll know I've liked them all very much and that I've stressed they have to be read in order. Blood Hollow is another instance and I'm afraid that I have to repeat myself: good story, well told; some surprises; excellent character development. My problem now is that I'm getting so wrapped up in Cork's adventures and family life that I don't want anything to go wrong, which makes each new book challenging. I've just started Mercy Falls and am already worried about where it's going, but can't put it down. Discovering Krueger, which I owe to Amazon's suggestion, was a most welcome event.
on May 4, 2004
From the mood-setting opening chapter with Cork O'Connor searching the frozen landscape of Aurora, Minnesota for a missing teenager you know you're in for another great read from William Kent Krueger. In this, the 4th in a solid mystery series, Cork works as his wife Jo's private eye while she defends the accused murderer of the missing teenager. Small town secrets, the demands of religious faith and miraculous happenings are themes throughout the story. It's a well-plotted mystery with great characters, and I can't wait for the next installment.
on April 16, 2004
You can feel an author becoming confident and skilled. Krueger has produced a great book. The hero, torn by two cultures, searches for the nature of faith. Around him people fall short, losing or betraying their own faith and self-esteem. A real good read.