William Kent Krueger reads from "Trickster’s Point"
09/06/2012 7:00 pm
Kent Krueger returns to the St Paul neighborhood where he wrote many of
his novels to read from his latest Cork O’Connor mystery, Trickster’s Point (available August 21).
restaurant just a few blocks south of Common Good Books’ new location
at Grand and Snelling was something of a writer’s retreat for author
William Kent Krueger. He writes, “For several years after moving to St.
Paul, we lived at the edge of a quiet neighborhood called Tangletown.
(The streets were confusing and lovely.) A block away stood a café
called the St. Clair Broiler that opened its doors at 6:00 a.m. I began
rising at 5:30 to groom and prepare for the day, then I'd hit the
Broiler and spend an hour or so writing before I hustled off to my job
that kept food on the table and a roof over our heads. Mostly I wrote
short stories, some of which were published, and couple of which won
awards. Writing longhand in cheap wire-bound notebooks in booth #4 at
the Broiler became for me a part of the magic of the creative process.”
In Trickster’s Point,
the unsinkable Cork O’Connor is sitting in the shadow of a towering
monolith known as Trickster’s Point, deep in the Minnesota wilderness.
Beside him is the first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little,
who is slowly dying with an arrow through his heart. Although the men
have been bow hunting, this is no accident. The arrow in the governor’s
heart belongs to Cork.
he becomes the primary suspect in the murder, Cork understands full
well that he’s been set up. As he works to clear his name and track the
real killer, he recalls his long, complex relationship with Jubal, the
Native kid who aspired to be a populist politician and grew to become a
cunning man capable of treachery and murder. As Cork looks deeply into
his own past, he comes face to face with the many motives, good and ill,
that lead men and women into the difficult, sometimes deadly, political
William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the Cork O’Connor novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Vermilion Drift and Northwest Angle. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit WilliamKentKrueger.com for more details.