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Download Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (989 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Kent Krueger Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose.

When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

Both sides look to Cork O'Connor, a man of mixed heritage, to uncover the truth behind the murders. A former sheriff, Cork has lived, fought, and nearly died to keep the small-town streets and his family safe from harm. He knows that violence is never a virtue, but he believes that it's sometimes a necessary response to the evil that men do.

Racing to find answers before the bloodshed spreads, Cork himself becomes involved in the darkest of deeds. As the unspeakable unfolds in the remote and beautiful place he calls home, Cork is forced to confront the horrific truth: Violence is a beast that cannot be contained.

In Red Knife, Krueger gives his listeners a vivid picture of racial conflict in small-town America, as well as a sensitive look at the secrets we keep from even those closest to us - and the destructive nature of all that is left unsaid between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, friends and lovers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/20/2014

    " I've never read anyone as consistently amazing throughout a long series. Long live Cork O'Connor (and Henry Meloux!!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamas Kirian | 2/17/2014

    " So far, I have yet to read anything by this author that I didn't like. This was yet another installation in the Cork O'Connor series that didn't disappoint me. This series reminds me a lot of Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn/Chee mysteries of the American Southwest, only set in the North Woods of Minnesota. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/2/2014

    " Def. still a fan of the series and another 3.5 for me on this one. I enjoyed more of the back story with the Ojibwe (always love reading those parts!), but I grew a little tiresome and sort of reached that "jumped the shark" point? Maybe??? With the obvious event at the end (saw that one coming), I couldn't help thinking it was very cliche' and I just kind of sighed.. I already read #10, so I know things are about to get VERY good (or bad)... so I'm excited to move on to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/1/2014

    " I actually rated this book 4.5 stars. This book won't be published until August 2008; however, I was given an ARC of the book by William Kent Krueger. Like all of Kent's books, this one is fabulous as well. I always enjoy the time I spend with Cork O'Connor, his family, the Ojibwe, and the people of Aurora. This book is darker than the others in the series, dealing with some pretty heavy topics. You should read this series in order! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/29/2013

    " Another great read in this series. Cork's wishy washy career choices are annoying, but still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Fitzsimons | 12/22/2013

    " Another winner from Wm Kent Krueger! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Brant | 12/19/2013

    " I did not like this book as well as I did "Iron Lake" because of the makeshift gang motif and staged Columbine type ending. The plot fell flat in places. You can read a lot of the other reviews and basically find out what worked and what didn't. But I will still continue reading his books....but won't recommend this one to friends as a place to begin tasting this author's work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracie | 12/17/2013

    " There was a lot going on in this book - maybe a bit too much. There were at least 3 mysteries and it jumped many years in the last chapter. I still liked it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/14/2013

    " Krueger does a nice job of showing Native American culture and how it's struggling to define itself in the modern era, but the plotting here (particularly in the last 75 pages) feels like a pedestrian retread of stories I've read before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 12/4/2013

    " I love Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, and especially the ones that feature the Ojibwe tribe prominently. So I especially loved this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Bork | 11/10/2013

    " Learned about the tension between the residents of the "rez" in Minnesota and the "whites" in the surrounding area as well as their different approaches to solving issues. Gripping prologue, interesting murder investigation(s), and unexpected, difficult to read ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena Scintilla | 11/4/2013

    " New mystery author for me. No review-just liked it and plan to read more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne-marie | 10/29/2013

    " This mystery of who killed an Indian couple involved drug trafficking and the young gang on the reservation. Indian folklore and cultural rites. It was good but not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/9/2013

    " Centers around race relations between a local population and their objibwa neighbors. The plight of the native americans in the good 'ol USA isn't given the attention it deserves. Good mystery, good exploration of human nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/9/2013

    " I enjoy all of these Cork O'Connor books set in northern Minnesota. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/24/2012

    " This a really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/10/2012

    " I liked the fact that Cork was not the one to solve all the cases; he had significant help from Rutledge, the men of the tribe, and his daughter. However, there was a lot of bloodshed (it seemed to be more than usual), and I wonder how long Cork will last without his gun in coming books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bri | 10/5/2012

    " Wow. Totally didn't see the ending coming as it did. I got bored at parts and at others I couldn't stop turning the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/28/2012

    " Very nice. Fast read, good characterization thought the wrap up was a bit odd in an ongoing series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elopes5 | 4/3/2012

    " This was another Krueger Cork O'Connor book. As with all of his books, I found it fast reading and interesting. I will keep reading as long as he writes them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/5/2012

    " This was a good book. I enjoyed the discription of the opinions and interactions of those on and off the reservation. The end took a turn I didn't see coming but that is good I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol White | 12/6/2011

    " Excellent read and I love his books!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/8/2011

    " Good murder mystery with an interesting setting on an Ojibwe Indian reservation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 8/18/2011

    " Cork O'Connor is dragged into the middle of a double murder, where the prime suspect is the aggrieved father of a youbg girl who died of a drug overdose. Cork has to walk a fine line between the whites and local Indians to solve the who dunnit and then gets involved in rez justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbennett | 8/8/2011

    " This series just keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 4/3/2011

    " I love Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, and especially the ones that feature the Ojibwe tribe prominently. So I especially loved this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Legustafson | 3/1/2011

    " WKKruger keeps you guessing that's for sure. You betcha! No really a very good installment of the Cork O'Connor series. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauretta | 1/24/2011

    " I did not like this as much as his other books. I don't know why this one just didn't grab me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/30/2010

    " Another winner from Wm Kent Krueger! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/30/2010

    " I like the blend of folklore and action that flows through all of Krueger's books. He is a fun read and many agree as many of his books are rated above 4 on the goodreads scale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 5/1/2010

    " Cork O'Connor is dragged into the middle of a double murder, where the prime suspect is the aggrieved father of a youbg girl who died of a drug overdose. Cork has to walk a fine line between the whites and local Indians to solve the who dunnit and then gets involved in rez justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/27/2010

    " Another good Cork O'Connor mystery. He steps a little further away from the lawful sheriff's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 11/29/2009

    " I found this book to be very similar in story line and characters to his previous books. So it was boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 9/10/2009

    " Coming from MN I could visualize the places. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/17/2009

    " Learned about the tension between the residents of the "rez" in Minnesota and the "whites" in the surrounding area as well as their different approaches to solving issues. Gripping prologue, interesting murder investigation(s), and unexpected, difficult to read ending. "

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About the Author
Author William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the Cork O’Connor novels, including Northwest Angle and Trickster’s Point, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

About the Narrator

Buck Schirner’s professional career has primarily been on stage as a character actor. He is currently active in the theater scene in Philadelphia. Buck also appears in the independent film In the Woods.