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William Kent Krueger reads from "Manitou Canyon," and Jess Lourey reads from "Salem’s Cipher"

“One of today’s automatic buy-today-read-tonight series... thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless.”--Lee Child

In Manitou Canyon, the new Cork O’Connor thriller from the Edgar Award winning author William Kent Krueger (available September 6), the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter’s wedding.

Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. When Cork goes missing during a search for a lost camper in the BWCA, it’s a race against time as Cork’s family struggles to uncover the mystery behind these disappearances. Little do they know, not only is Cork s life on the line, but so are the lives of hundreds of others.

A taut, suspenseful thriller, Manitou Canyon features everything readers love in a Cork O’Connor novel: a dramatic Northwoods setting, an intriguing view of the Objibwe culture, an enigmatic crime, masterful storytelling, and more than a few surprises.

For the last twenty years, William Kent Krueger has made his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and two children. His Cork O’Connor novels, Iron Lake (winner of the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and the Barry Award), Boundary Waters, Purgatory Ridge, Blood Hollow (winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel), and Mercy Falls (winner of the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel) - as well as the novel Ordinary Grace. Learn more


"Salem's Cipher is a bona fide page-turner—packed with wonderfully complex characters, surprising twists and thrilling action. Troubled, razor-sharp Salem is truly a heroine to cheer for. I'd follow her anywhere."—Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author

Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top security agencies ever since her quantum computing breakthrough. She's also an agoraphobe shackled to a narrow routine since her father's suicide. When her intelligence work unexpectedly exposes a sinister plot to assassinate the country's first viable female presidential candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a modern day witch hunt. Drawn into a labyrinth of messages encrypted by Emily Dickinson and codes tucked inside the Beale Cipher a hundred years earlier, Salem begins to uncover the truth: an ancient and ruthless group is hell-bent on ruling the world, and only a select group of women stands in its way.

Jess Lourey is the author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month mysteries set in Battle Lake, Minn. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Loft, and a founding faculty member of the Mystery Writers of America's MWA University. Lourey resides in St. Cloud, Minn., where she is a professor of writing and sociology. For more information, visit her online at

Event date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
Manitou Canyon (Cork O'Connor Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749266
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atria Books - September 6th, 2016

Ordinary Grace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645859
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

Salem's Cipher (Salem's Cipher Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738749693
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Midnight Ink - September 8th, 2016

January Thaw (Murder-By-Month Mysteries #9) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738738758
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Midnight Ink - January 8th, 2014