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Book Review: Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger

Lightning Strike is the newest novel in the Cork O’Connor series written by Krueger. I was expecting this to be the goodbye to Henry Meloux, Cork’s aging Native American friend who Krueger has been wistfully trying say goodbye to for the last few novels.

Instead, this novel goes back in time and tells the tale of 12 year old Cork during a summer on unrest in Aurora. His father, Liam, is sheriff. When a native American named Big John seemingly commits suicide, Liam must put aside all he has learned as a policeman to investigate in a part of northern Minnesota where tensions run deep between the Ojibwe and Aurora’s white citizens.

Cork is caught in the middle, wanting to trust his father is doing all he can while trying to understand why his mother, half Native American herself, and grandmother are so upset.

When another body turns up, one of a young Indian woman, the investigation puts Cork and his friends in danger as they search for the truth in an attempt to help his father.

As far as Cork O’Connor books go, this story is perfectly adequate. Not my favorite in the series, but certainly an interesting read. Krueger tells the story from multiple perspectives and gives insight to who Cork will become as an adult.

As for saying goodbye to Henry, that’ll have to wait until the next novel. Or the next. Krueger obviously cares deeply for this set of characters and isn’t looking forward to letting another go.

This novel is an easy read. A good investigative cop yarn set against the backwoods of Minnesota. A well structured story, but not Krueger’s best work.

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