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Lightning Strike

Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #18

by William Kent Krueger

Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger X
Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
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    Aug 2021, 400 pages

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    Jul 2022, 400 pages

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The popular Cork O'Connor detective series takes readers back to the beginning in this introspective, coming-of-age prequel that explores not only a mysterious death but the mysteries of fathers and sons.

It is the summer of 1963 in Tamarack County, Minnesota. Just outside the small town of Aurora, nestled next to shimmering Iron Lake, 12-year-old Cork O'Connor makes a grisly discovery. Hiking into the infamous burned-out logging camp called Lightning Strike, Cork and his friend, Jorge, find the body of Big John Manydeeds hanging from a tree near the edge of the forest. Scattered beneath his lifeless, dangling feet, are empty bottles of the whiskey he swore off months ago. Sheriff Liam O'Connor, Cork's father, is called out to the scene to investigate, with all the evidence pointing toward suicide. But those who knew Big John in life don't believe it, including Cork, who plunges into a summer of sleuthing to find answers to the senseless death of his revered older friend.

Big John's death rocks the close-knit Ojibwe community on the Indian Lake Reservation and presents a powder keg ...

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