William Kent Krueger has been quietly building a substantial body of work as a mystery writer for years now. He's won his share of awards and is highly regarded within the genre, but he hasn't yet become well known outside of it. With books as good as Red Knife, however, that is surely going to change.
This is the eighth novel featuring Cork O'Connor, a part-Irish, part-Anishinaabe Indian private investigator in the small town of Aurora, Minn. O'Connor is caught up in a battle between a gang of Native American youths and some angry white residents in the community. Trying to play peacemaker, he is torn between the two sides.
In addition to telling a compelling story, Red Knife succeeds as a powerful meditation on violence. Krueger describes in a poignant yet understated way the toll that violence takes, both on its victims and perpetrators. This is a perfect opportunity to begin reading this excellent series.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, September 21, 2008