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William Kent Krueger

USA flag (b.1950)

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the Cork O'Connor novels, including Tamarack County and Windigo Island, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace, winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for best novel. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

Genres: Mystery, Historical, Thriller
New Books
September 2023

The River We Remember
Cork O'Connor
   1. Iron Lake (1998)
   2. Boundary Waters (1999)
   3. Purgatory Ridge (2001)
   4. Blood Hollow (2004)
   5. Mercy Falls (2005)
   6. Copper River (2006)
   7. Thunder Bay (2007)
   8. Red Knife (2008)
   9. Heaven's Keep (2009)
   10. Vermilion Drift (2010)
   11. Northwest Angle (2011)
   12. Trickster's Point (2012)
   13. Tamarack County (2013)
   14. Windigo Island (2014)
   15. Manitou Canyon (2016)
   16. Sulfur Springs (2017)
   17. Desolation Mountain (2018)
   18. Lightning Strike (2021)
   19. Fox Creek (2022)
   20. Spirit Crossing (2024)
   The Devil's Bed (2003)
   Ordinary Grace (2013)
   This Tender Land (2019)
   The River We Remember (2023)
   Resort to Murder (2007) (with others)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Bums (2014)
   The Levee (2023)
Non fiction
   Writing Murder (2012)
Anthony Awards Best First Novel winner (1999) : Iron Lake
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (1999) : Iron Lake
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2000) : Boundary Waters
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2002) : Purgatory Ridge
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (2005) : Blood Hollow
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (2006) : Mercy Falls
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2008) : Thunder Bay
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (2008) : Thunder Bay
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : Red Knife
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2009) : Red Knife
Anthony Awards Best Novel winner (2014) : Ordinary Grace
Barry Awards Best Novel winner (2014) : Ordinary Grace
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (2014) : Ordinary Grace
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2014) : Ordinary Grace
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2014) : Ordinary Grace

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