Sulfur Springs

Sulfur Springs

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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In William Kent Krueger's latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O'Connor's search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear.

On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.

The following morning, Cork and Rainy fly to Coronado County in southern Arizona, where Peter has been working as a counselor in a well-known drug rehab center. When they arrive, they learn that Peter was fired six months earlier and hasn't been heard from since. So they head to the little desert town of Sulfur Springs where Peter has been receiving his mail. But no one in Sulfur Springs seems to know him. They do, however, recognize the name Rodriguez. Carlos Rodriguez is the head of a cartel that controls everything illegal crossing the border from Mexico into Coronado County.

As they gather scraps of information about Peter, Cork and Rainy are warned that there is a war going on along the border. "Trust no one in Coronado County," is a refrain they hear again and again. And to Cork, Arizona is alien country. The relentless heat and absence of water, tall trees, and cool forests feel nightmarish to him, as does his growing sense that Rainy might know more about what's going on than she's willing to admit. And if he can't trust Rainy, who can he trust?

Featuring Krueger's signature talent of "creating strong characters, building drama and conflict, braiding in Indian legend and spirituality, and spinning a good yarn" ( Minneapolis Star Tribune ), Sulfur Springs is a fresh, exhilarating, and white-knuckle mystery starring one of the greatest heroes of fiction.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501147340
Branch Call Number: FIC Krueg
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 08, 2018

I just finished reading this book. While the story is pertinent to current events, although drug smuggling and illegal immigration are not new) it was disappointing to see the author inject his personal political views so frequently. It did not add to the book, in fact was just the opposite.

Jan 25, 2018

I enjoyed this Cork O'Connor novel. Instead of the North Country we get the desert of Southern Arizona, but the plot moves quickly, wherever the setting. Some of Cork's melancholic Catholic musings seem to lack the gravitas of the Minnesota woods, and in place of Uncle Henry we get a watered down version from Cork and Rainy. But all the elements of a Cork novel are intact, and even as he reaches old age, I look forward to the next novel.

Jan 25, 2018

An ordinary story without any surprises. Too long for what's it worth. It's full of incorehences (illegals, drugs left in a mine somewhere). A patchwork for a story that isn't very original.

Jan 07, 2018

Another great book by William Kent Krueger starring Cork O'Conner. You could say that about all his Cork O'Conner books, but this one is especially unique. Most of what happens is in far southern Arizona, way out of Cork's comfort zone of northern Minnesota. Krueger weaves a great tale that involves a lot of running around the Arizona countryside and throughout the book you see Cork struggling because he "doesn't understand this land". Complicating this is that the reason he is in Arizona is that Rainy's (his new wife) son, Peter, is in trouble and missing. As he and Rainy try to find him and understand why he has disappeared, Cork finds himself increasingly uncomfortable with figuring out who to trust among the many locals he comes in contact with. These 'new' things that make Cork uncomfortable (along with being threatened and shot at repeatedly), are skillfully woven together in a really fine novel. I don't know if this 'field trip' to Arizona is a one-off idea of Krueger or if he plans on future field trips as well. Either way, I look forward to his next Cork O'Conner novel. Enjoy!

Dec 18, 2017

Hard to put down, since several of the chapters end on cliff-hangers and make you read into the next chapter to see what the heck just happened. Lots of characters to keep straight, so a few times I had to jump back and remember who someone was, relative to the story and the various small towns involved. I was also pleasantly surprised and moved by the pro-refugee sub-theme (many pro-humanitarian comments and sentiments between the 3 main characters). Overall, a good read. Lots of hints dropped along the way, as well as a lot of foreshadowing (storms and vultures).

Nov 12, 2017

Good book. Entertaining and exciting from start to finish.

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