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Book Review: Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

I stumbled across the Cork O’Conner series written by William Kent Krueger in 2008. I’ve read every book in the series, and through the last few, have been expecting Krueger to say goodbye to Henry Meleaux, the elderly Indian and healer who has been a mainstay in the novels. Fox Creek started off as that novel. It didn’t end that way.

Cork O’Conner and his son, Stephen find themselves pulled into yet another missing person investigation that leads them into the northern Minnesota wilderness whilst being chased by military trained trackers. With the help of Henry and Cork’s wife, Rainy, they help a woman in search of her husband escape the men after whatever this woman’s husband had gotten himself mixed up in. Their adventure leads to a chase through the Boundary Water Canoe Area and into Canada. What they find is a conspiracy to funnel water from the Canadian wilderness to other parts of the world, a process that would destroy the pristine wilderness that Indian tribes in both Canada and the U.S. hold dear.

Minnesota author Krueger has always written about issues important to Native Americans, especially those in Minnesota. Fox Creek is no different. While I preferred the aspects of this novel that surrounded Cork and his family and friends, the political aspects are equally affecting. Krueger has given us an adept crime thriller, proving why he remains one of the best novelists currently doing so.

As I said before, I was expecting this to be the final goodbye to Henry. While I do believe that this was finally the beginning of that goodbye, Cork and his family will still have Henry for guidance for at least one more book. I’m sure they don’t mind and neither do I.

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