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William Kent Krueger


William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University --- before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He’s been married for nearly 50 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage --- part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

ORDINARY GRACE, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, THIS TENDER LAND, was published in September 2019 and spent nearly six months on the New York Times bestseller list.

Books by William Kent Krueger

written by William Kent Krueger and read by JD Jackson, with an author's note read by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Historical Fiction

An audio original novella from the bestselling author of ORDINARY GRACE and THIS TENDER LAND, THE LEVEE is a powerful, captivating story of a family, a storm, a complicated rescue and the true cost of survival.

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

The author of the instant New York Times bestseller THIS TENDER LAND returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O’Connor series --- a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Historical Fiction

THIS TENDER LAND is the unforgettable story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.

by William Kent Krueger - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Thirteen-year-old Frank Drum’s serene, small-town life is thrown into turmoil as a series of tragic deaths lead him and his family on a hunt for terrible truths.