William Kent Krueger
Atria Books (2011)
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (9/11)
Detective Cork O’Connor has arranged a family trip to Lake of the Woods in Canada. They are to travel the lake on a houseboat where they can relax and reconnect since they had not all been together in nearly two years. The trip starts off smoothly but a huge storm suddenly forms leaving them helpless on the open water. Even worse, Cork and his daughter Jenny were on an excursion on a small dinghy and became separated when they were tossed overboard. Desperate to find her father, Jenny searches many small islands nearby. However, what she finds leads to a huge mystery. Her discovery of a murdered woman and a baby who has obviously been hidden puts her and the rest of her family in harm’s way. They must find out who this child is and why everyone seems to be after him.
One of the main themes of “Northwest Angle” centers on religion. The importance of believing God always takes care of his children allows the family to pursue the truth even though they know they are in danger because of their knowledge of the baby. Another religious aspect in the story perfectly illustrates how love and sacrifice are interrelated. The third way in which religion is featured is a little different. While investigating the islands, Cork and his family come upon a sect called the Church of the Seven Trumpets who believe the end of the world is near and the prophesy in the Book of Revelation in the Bible is imminent. Throughout, the author does not seem to suggest one religious view should be considered over another.
The author does a good job of keeping the reader unaware of each character’s motives until it is time to unravel the entire plot. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was trustworthy and what the baby symbolized.
“Northwest Angle” is the latest addition to the Cork O’Connor Detective Series. I have not read any of the previous books, but I did not feel as if I was missing any information that would have been helpful in following the storyline. This book contains a plethora of action, suspense, and mystery. Although I felt a few of the scenes were dragged out too long, that is no reason to forego reading this book. The appropriate audience for this book is adults.