Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Heaven's Keep - 9th in the Cork O'Connor series
Author: William Kent Krueger
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-5676-1 (Hardcover)
Release Date: September 2009
Year/Setting: Present Day, Wyoming
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: N/A
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
William's Website: www.williamkentkreuger.com
This is the tenth book in a series featuring Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor, a former Sheriff and now a Private Investigator and owner of a small restaurant situated on a lake in Aurora, Minnesota. Cork's wife, Jo, who is a lawyer, is headed for Wyoming to attend a meeting concerning Indian Affairs in Wyoming. Over the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming the small plane carrying Jo and four others disappears off the radar during a blizzard and no one can locate it. Cork and his son Stephan travel to Casper, Wyoming where the flight originated to investigate and is confronted with the kind of weather that wolves and polar bears would hesitate to visit. Despite help from local law enforcement and helicoptor search and rescue crews, there is no sign of the aircraft. Cork and his family must accept the truth that they will never see their wife and mother again. That she is lost to them forever. But, is she?
Six months go by and Cork and his family have done their best to go on without Jo when the wife of the pilot of the plane goes to Cork and asks for help to prove that her husband was not responsible for the crash. An unlawful death suit has been brought against him charging that he was drunk the night before the flight and was too hungover to fly the plane safely through a storm. She has evidence suggesting that her husband didn't even fly the plane. But, if he didn't, who did? And where was it taken? Cork takes on the case and returns to Wyoming just as the snow is receding in the mountains. This time he gets no help from local law enforcement who seem to be on the take and hostility from local indians who have a lot to lose if the truth comes out. Also, there seems to be a team of assassins who are dogging his every move. What keeps him going is the thought that Jo may not be dead and she could be waiting for him in the mountains.
This book is a mystery that will have you fascinated. There are interesting stories about the traditions, folklore and current politics of Native American life and drama that will have you on the edge of your chair. I recommend this book to all mystery readers and also readers who are interested in Indian life and lore. It is very suspenseful and enjoyable.
Talk to you soon,
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