William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of 13 Cork O’Connor novels, including NORTHWEST ANGLE and TRICKSTER'S POINT, as well as the novel ORDINARY GRACE. He is best known for his Cork O'Connor series of books, which is mainly set in Minnesota. In 2005 and 2006, he won back to back Anthony Awards for best novel --- a feat only matched by one other writer since the award's inception.
William Kent Krueger has stated that he dates his desire to be a writer back to the third grade, when a story he wrote called "The Walking Dictionary" was so well received by teachers and parents that he was inspired by their praise. Throughout an early life that saw him logging timber, digging ditches, working in construction, and being published as a freelance journalist, he never stopped writing.
He attended Stanford University but his academic path was cut short when he came into conflict with the university's administration during student protests of spring 1970.
He wrote short stories and sketches for many years, but it was not until the age of 40 that he finished the manuscript of his first novel, IRON LAKE, which went on to win the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Barry Award for Best First Novel, the Minnesota Book Award, and the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award.
William Kent Krueger lives with his wife and family in St Paul, Minnesota.