“Like many men and
women who’ve worn a badge for a good part of their lives, Corcoran Liam
O’Connor was cursed. Twice cursed, in reality. Cursed with memory and cursed
Tamarack County, Minnesota, is the gateway to the pristine
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Within its borders lie a million acres
of deep forest, a thousand crystal clear lakes, and a few quiet towns. This is
the place that, for most of his life, sheriff-turned-private investigator Cork
O’Connor has called home.
As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car
belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a
rural road. After days without any leads, the search-and-rescue team, assisted
by O’Connor, has little hope of finding her alive, if at all.
Early on, Cork notices small details about the woman’s
disappearance that tell a disturbing story. And when the beloved pet dog of a
friend is found decapitated, he begins to detect a startling pattern of ominous
incidents throughout the area. Then Cork’s son is nearly killed, and he knows
this is no trick of his imagination. Someone is spinning a deadly web in
Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old for which
an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well.
He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison.
As the threat of violence continues, so does life in the
O’Connor household. Anne, Cork’s younger daughter, comes home, having
determined that she’s going to leave her religious order. Teenaged Stephen is
in love for the first time, and Cork is being courted as well, even as he
struggles to redefine life without his wife, killed several years ago. What
they all discover is that love, too, can be a curse. It can cause the greatest
euphoria and the most profound despair. It can inspire forgiveness and
understanding, passion and desire. It can provoke jealousy and rage. It can
bring on betrayal and even murder.
With the darkest days of the year at hand, the storms of
winter continue to isolate Tamarack County. Somewhere behind the blind of all
the darkness and drifting snow, a vengeful force is at work, and Cork has only
hours to stop it before his family and his friends will be forced to pay the
ultimate price for the sins of others.
Full of riveting suspense, fascinating characters, and set
in a gorgeous yet unforgiving landscape, Tamarack
County is an outstanding addition to an award-winning series that mystery
lovers can’t get enough of. Download and start listening now!