Lightning Strike: Cork O'Connor Mysteries, Book 18

Lightning Strike: Cork O'Connor Mysteries, Book 18

by William Kent Krueger (Author)

The author of the instant New York Times best seller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O’Connor series - a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.

Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota’s Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to 12-year-old Cork O’Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself.

Cork’s father, Liam O’Connor, is Aurora’s sheriff, and it is his job to confirm that the man’s death was the result of suicide, as all the evidence suggests. In the shadow of his father’s official investigation, Cork begins to look for answers on his own. Together, father and son face the ultimate test of choosing between what their heads tell them is true and what their hearts know is right.

In this masterful story of a young man and a town on the cusp of change, beloved novelist William Kent Krueger shows that some mysteries can be solved even as others surpass our understanding. 

In the captivating mystery novel "Lightning Strike", William Kent Krueger introduces readers to Cork O'Connor, a former sheriff and private investigator, as he delves into a series of puzzling events in Aurora, Minnesota. An unexplained lightning strike sets the tone for a tale filled with suspense, danger, and hidden secrets.

When a young woman named Rain is found dead in her home, Cork is called in to investigate. As he begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her death, he discovers a complex web of relationships and long-held grudges. With each new clue, Cork finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, where the truth seems to be elusive.

As Cork digs deeper, he uncovers a history of violence and betrayal that runs deep within the seemingly idyllic community of Aurora. The town's residents harbor secrets of their own, and some will stop at nothing to protect them. With the help of his loyal friends and allies, Cork must navigate a treacherous path, facing threats from both within and outside the town.

"Lightning Strike" is a gripping and atmospheric mystery that showcases William Kent Krueger's masterful storytelling. Through vivid descriptions and intricate character development, Krueger creates a world that readers can immerse themselves in. The novel explores themes of justice, family, and the lengths people will go to protect what they hold dear.

With its unexpected twists and turns, "Lightning Strike" keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. Krueger's ability to craft a compelling narrative, combined with his deep understanding of human nature, makes this novel a must-read for fans of the mystery genre and those who appreciate well-written and thought-provoking fiction.


August 24, 2021