Biography

William Kent Krueger

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.

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Books by William Kent Krueger

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

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 mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case. He will have to battle men whose evil rivals that of the bloodthirsty Windigo and who are as powerful, elusive and vengeful as the dark spirit Michi Peshu.

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

In 1961 New Bremen, Minnesota, all is quiet and serene. The Minnesota River flows through the countryside, the town barber knows everyone’s name, and folks dutifully attend church every Sunday. But that serenity is thrown into turmoil as a series of tragic deaths lead 13-year-old Frank Drum and his family on a hunt for terrible truths. But at what cost comes wisdom?

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road. When the beloved pet dog of a friend is found decapitated, private investigator Cork O’Connor begins to detect a startling pattern of ominous incidents throughout the area. Then Cork’s son is nearly killed, and he knows this is no trick of his imagination. Someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County.

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

The unsinkable Cork O’Connor is sitting in the shadow of a towering monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness. Beside him is the first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little, who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men have been bow hunting, this is no accident. The arrow in the governor’s heart belongs to Cork, who becomes the primary suspect in the murder.

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

With his family in the crosshairs of a brutal killing organization, Detective Cork O'Connor must uncover the murder of a young girl.