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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Copper River by William Kent Krueger

After my less than glowing review of Mercy Falls by WKK (book #5), and a need to be ‘reading’ something on my drive to and from work, I sucked it up and started Copper River (book #6) simply because I had it loaded on the iPod.

Book 6 at least, did not incite me to throw my iPod across the car in disgust. This is not to say I didn’t roll my eyes in disbelief more than once, or mutter the occasional, “You’ve got to be kidding me…”.

Premise of the book, from Desperately avoiding the clutches of professional hit men who have already put a bullet in his leg, Cork finds sanctuary outside the small Michigan town of Bodine. But while he's hiding out in an old resort owned by his cousin Jewell DuBois, a bitter widow with a fourteen-year-old son named Ren, the body of a young girl surfaces along the banks of the Copper River — and then another teenager vanishes. Instead of thwarting his assassins, Cork focuses on tracking a ring of killers who prey on innocent children — before anyone else falls victim. But as his deadly followers close in, Cork realizes he's made an error any good man might make — and it may be his last.

We have a widow in mourning. A young boy and his close friend who have free rein to run about the town (typical small town kids) and are the ones who trigger the murder investigation. Cork who’s in hiding from hit men with a hole in his leg but nobody bothered to hide the car with the bullet holes in and everybody and their second cousins seem to walk in from the woods to check it out. There is a cougar prowling the woods and more loose ends than a piece of my fraying knitting yarn.

This is, really, the sequel to book 5 and a most unsatisfactory sequel at that. The ending left me going, “Huh… Well. What about loose end XYZ?”

So while I’m not entirely thrilled with the setting, I often find the plots lacking, the characters make me roll my eyes, and don’t even get me started on our ‘fictional’ Aurora, MN in "Tamarack County", I keep reading the damn series. I suspect if I could get John Sanford’s early Prey books on audio I wouldn’t be. But I can’t. So I’m stuck.

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