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Cork O’Connor battles vicious villains, both mythical and modern, to rescue a young girl in the latest nail-biting mystery from New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger.

When the body of a teenage Ojibwe girl washes up on the shore of an island in Lake Superior, the residents of the nearby Bad Bluff reservation whisper that it was the work of a mythical beast, the Windigo, or a vengeful spirit called Michi Peshu. Such stories have been told by the Ojibwe people for generations, but they don’t solve the mystery of how the girl and her friend, Mariah Arceneaux, disappeared a year ago. At the request of the Arceneaux family, Cork O’Connor, former sheriff turned private investigator, is soon on the case.

But on the Bad Bluff reservation, nobody’s talking. Still, Cork puts enough information together to find a possible trail. In Duluth, Minnesota, he learns from an Ojibwe social worker that both Duluth and the Twin Cities are among the most active areas in the United States for sex trafficking of vulnerable women, many of whom are young Native Americans. As the investigation deepens, so does the danger. Cork realizes he’s not only up against those who control the lucrative sex enterprise—he must also battle government agencies more than willing to look the other way.

Yet Cork holds tight to his purpose—Mariah, an innocent fifteen-year-old girl at the heart of this grotesque web, who is still missing and whose family is desperate to get her back. With only the barest hope of saving her, Cork prepares to battle men whose evil rivals that of the bloodthirsty Windigo and who are as powerful, elusive, and vengeful as the dark spirit Michi Peshu.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pitch-perfect, wonderfully evocative examination of violent loss. In Frank Drum’s journey away from the shores of childhood—a journey from which he can never return—we recognize the heartbreaking price of adulthood and it’s ‘wisdoms.’ I loved this book.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night

  • “William Kent Krueger…writes with passion and purpose.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Krueger is skillful in many things—creating strong characters, building drama and conflict, braiding in Indian legend and spirituality, and spinning a good yarn—but sense of place may well be his forte.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Krueger at his page-turning best—but this time with a higher purpose.”

    Duluth News Tribune

  • “Krueger juggles a large cast of characters deftly and doles out clues to the mystery judiciously. More important, he recognizes the complexity of this place and its people.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  •  “Krueger demonstrates his penchant and ability for finding deep, rich, and new veins of stories from the seemingly inexhaustive mine of the rural and deceptively peaceful northern Minnesota and its surrounding environs.”


  • “Edgar-winner Krueger highlights the vulnerability of Native American youth in his excellent fourteenth Cork O’Connor novel…Krueger paints a vivid picture of the sordid cycle of poverty, abuse, alcoholism, and runaway (or throwaway) children on the reservation and reminds us of the evil of men all too willing to exploit the innocent.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A punch-to-the-gut blend of detective story and investigative fiction…Krueger has written an investigative novel as blistering and crucial in its indictments of contemporary evil as The Jungle.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “David Chandler narrates this riveting installment in the Cork O’Connor mystery series in the manner of an empathetic but detached observer. He strikes just the right chord as Cork attempts to find fifteen-year-old Mariah Arceneaux…Chandler’s laconic, vaguely disillusioned tones are perfect to capture the veteran sheriff, who is now a private investigator. Few men can portray young and old women with such skill and charm, too. The tense plot and wonderful narration will grip listeners. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week for August 2014
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of August 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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