Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger

Sulfur Springs

On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dea...

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ISBN:150114734X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:306 pages

Sulfur Springs Reviews

  • Diane S ☔

    Number 16 in the Cork O'Connor series, have been reading these for a long time, and am still excited when I see a new one being published. Cork's family, so familiar to me, like a visit to catch up on old friends. Cork himself, his role of defending the good against evil, which he has done many times. The very old Henri, the midi, a man of uncommon wisdom and peace. Wonder how it would feel to always see the clear path through life. In this one he only makes a brief appearance, but his words are

    Number 16 in the Cork O'Connor series, have been reading these for a long time, and am still excited when I see a new one being published. Cork's family, so familiar to me, like a visit to catch up on old friends. Cork himself, his role of defending the good against evil, which he has done many times. The very old Henri, the midi, a man of uncommon wisdom and peace. Wonder how it would feel to always see the clear path through life. In this one he only makes a brief appearance, but his words are quoted throughout, in times of great need.

    Cork and Rainy find themselves in Arizona after an alarming call from Rainys grown son. They arrive in Coronado County where they find the selves in danger, not knowing who to trust. Close to the border there are many elements at play, drug cartels, crooked police, border patrols, a dangerous group again the illegal immigrants coming over the border, the coyotes who take advantage of the same, and those committed to helping them. There are gun fights, showdowns, some good supporting characters and best of all we learn a little more about Rainy.

    There is also much of the author and his views in this one, he makes clear which side of the immigrant debate he stands on. This bothered me a little but then I thought if I could write, I probably would take the opportunity to use my writing as a platform. P!us, this is fiction, and it does all fit nicely in the story. Although we are asked not to quote from advance copies, I found these relatively simple words so powerful I decided to end my review with them, "In news reports, we watched the wall along the Mexican border expand, the folly of a belief that what we had to fear came from the outside."

    ARC from publisher.

    Publishes August 22nd from Atria.

  • LJ

    First Sentence: In the balance of who we are and what we do, the weight of history is immeasurable.

    Cork O’Connor and his bride Rainy are about to celebrate the Fourth of July when Rainy receives a frantic and disturbing voice message from her son Peter, who is in Southern Arizona working at a drug rehab center. Being unable to reach him, Cork and Rainy fly to Arizona only to learn that Peter hasn’t worked at the center in months and no one knows where he is. On the message, Peter gave the name R

    First Sentence: In the balance of who we are and what we do, the weight of history is immeasurable.

    Cork O’Connor and his bride Rainy are about to celebrate the Fourth of July when Rainy receives a frantic and disturbing voice message from her son Peter, who is in Southern Arizona working at a drug rehab center. Being unable to reach him, Cork and Rainy fly to Arizona only to learn that Peter hasn’t worked at the center in months and no one knows where he is. On the message, Peter gave the name Rodriguez, head of a cartel. In what danger is Peter, and is he still alive?

    It is a well-done opening that provides a succinct, yet surprisingly emotional, summary of Cork and his history. This will be appreciated by both new and returning readers of the series.

    Krueger is one of the group of special writers who imparts small truths and wisdom that fits the story, but also make one take note wanting to remember them—“I understood that the past is never really past. We live our history over and over, the worst of our memories right there alongside us, step for step, our companions to the grave.” It is doubtful anyone has ever defined better the concept of trust—“Trust. An easy word to say. … But putting it into practice? … You hold a place inside that’s only for you and that you never let anyone else into. Hell, after she died, we found out even Mother Teresa had secrets too dark to share.”

    Krueger makes us think, too, of important issues of today such as bigotry. Yet the manner isn’t one of preaching or berating, but of opening our eyes and being educated. His use of language and imagery is always a joy to read—“The demons that plague you are patient horrors. …They are always with you. And why? Because they’re not things separate from you. They are you.”

    The way in which the author constructs his characters make them real to us. Although Cork and Rainy take center stage, there are several excellent supporting characters, particularly Jocko, the old miner. We feel their emotions. We have a real sense of who they are.

    As strong is the sense of place. Those who have been to the high desert will recognize it. Those who have not, will feel as though they’ve been there. Krueger’s description of monsoons in the desert is vivid and real. The threat is as if another character.

    “Sulfur Springs” has a beginning which seems fairly straightforward, and then builds the sense of danger and suspense layer upon layer, with twists and a bad guy you don’t see coming.

    SULFUR SPRINGS (Unl Invest-Cork O’Connor-Arizona-Contemp) - Ex

    Krueger, William Kent – 16th in series

    Atria – Aug 2017

  • Lou

    Cork the main protagonist lost his wife and father to mindless violence and now with his second wife, Rainy, he’s on the trail of Peter, her son amid some violence.

    This journey in the first person from Cork’s point of view, a journey of trust, one of finding of them in his marriage and securing Peters safety. He finds himself rekindling the Hunter he once was and has to reconnect with a Winchester with lives in the balance.

    The author evokes the terrible beauty of the unforgiving land, the terrib

    Cork the main protagonist lost his wife and father to mindless violence and now with his second wife, Rainy, he’s on the trail of Peter, her son amid some violence.

    This journey in the first person from Cork’s point of view, a journey of trust, one of finding of them in his marriage and securing Peters safety. He finds himself rekindling the Hunter he once was and has to reconnect with a Winchester with lives in the balance.

    The author evokes the terrible beauty of the unforgiving land, the terrible that take place upon it across the expanse of the Rio Grande, the human struggle for safety, for happiness and food is highlighted here, there are people with resilience, and the heroes that risk their lives for safety of others.

    All this layered out in writing that has some great poetry to it and descriptiveness skill, great characters, mystery, sense of place, and elements at work within this tale.

    Writing with some heart and soul of which Kent has done before in Ordinary Grace another Cork O' Connor tale.

    Illegals, refugees, and walls something talked about and of the day intertwined in mystery.

    Did I mention cartels, drugs and dead people there is that too.

    Is Cork Ogichidaa? “one who stands between evil and his people.”


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