Friday, October 03, 2014

Review: Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

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A Mysterious Review of Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger. A Cork O'Connor Mystery.

Review summary: This mystery is not one of the better ones in this generally outstanding series, mostly due to an unfortunate emphasis placed on one of the minor characters, who is more annoying than not on the search for a young girl. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 3 of 5 stars

Windigo Island William Kent Krueger

Windigo Island
William Kent Krueger
A Cork O'Connor Mystery
Atria Books (August 2014)

Publisher synopsis: 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, Cork O'Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, 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.

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