About the Book
About the Book
The promise, as I remember it, happened this
And so begins Cork O’Connor’s tale of a hopeless love
affair between a young Ojibwe guide and a white woman, an affair
that ended in treachery, betrayal, and murder. Although it’s
a story that reaches more than seventy years into the past, Cork
will discover that its grip is as deadly as ever.
Called to the sickbed of Henry Meloux, an Ojibwe medicine man and
Cork’s spiritual guide, Cork receives a desperate request
from his gravely ill friend: find the son Meloux fathered long ago
but has never seen. With little to go on --- the maiden name of the
boy’s mother and her picture in an ancient pocket watch ---
Cork soon locates the man he believes may be Meloux’s
long-lost son: wealthy Canadian industrialist Henry Wellington.
Cork’s attempt to set up a meeting between Meloux and
Wellington, a notorious recluse, ends in disaster. Shortly
afterward, someone tries to murder Meloux. All signs point north
across the border to Henry Wellington. But why would the mysterious
businessman want his father dead?
Cork’s investigation is a journey through time as Meloux
reveals the story of his youth, when, as a guide in the 1920s, he
led two white men and a young white woman into the Canadian
wilderness. While the white men searched for gold, Meloux found
another treasure: love. But it was a love as doomed as the
As Cork struggles to find the answers that may save Meloux’s
life, the past and present race toward a deadly collision on the
rocky shore of Thunder Bay.
THUNDER BAY © Copyright 2011 by William Kent Krueger.
Reprinted with permission by Atria. All rights reserved.