Ask a Bookseller: 'Mercy Falls'

'Mercy Falls' by William Kent Krueger
"Mercy Falls" by William Kent Krueger
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Often Ask a Bookseller is a place to discover brand new books for your must-read list, but sometimes booksellers get excited about sharing an old favorite. That was the case with Jerry Lenaz of The Cloak and Dagger Mystery Bookshop in Princeton, N.J.

He recommends Minnesota writer William Kent Krueger’s mystery novel "Mercy Falls," which won a prestigious Anthony Award for Best Novel in 2005. In this 5th book of the Cork O’Connor series (which is now up to 17), Tamarack County Sheriff O’Connor shows up to a supposedly routine call on a nearby Ojibwe reservation, only to find himself ambushed by sniper fire.

The encounter sets off a string of events bound by murder, greed, and jealousy.

“Krueger’s got this unique ability to weave multiple plot threads without a tangle,” says Lenaz. “It’s masterful how he does it.” 

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