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William Kent Krueger Books In Order

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Publication Order of Cork O'Connor Books

Iron Lake (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boundary Waters (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Purgatory Ridge (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Hollow (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mercy Falls (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copper River (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thunder Bay (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Knife (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heaven's Keep (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vermilion Drift (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Northwest Angle (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trickster's Point (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tamarack County (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Windigo Island (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World of Cork O'Connor (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Manitou Canyon (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sulfur Springs (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desolation Mountain (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lightning Strike (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fox Creek (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lightning Strike is a prequel to the series.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Devil's Bed (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ordinary Grace (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Tender Land (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River We Remember (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Hixton (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Levee (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The William Kent Krueger Reader's Companion (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Twin Cities Noir(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Do Us Part(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
These Guns for Hire(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resort to Murder(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimes by Moonlight(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writes of Spring(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
USA Noir(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bullets and Other Hurting Things: A Tribute to Bill Crider(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

William Krueger is an American author and crime writer born on November 16, 1950 in Torrington, Wyoming, born as a the third child of four children. William is well known for his Cork O’Connor series of books, which is set mainly in Minnesota, USA. Before William graduated from high school, he had lived in eleven different houses, in eight different cities and in six different states in America. In this period, he was not yet old enough to realize what was happening with his family. However later after he grew up, he realized that they used to move from one house to the other every time the rent was due, as he explains. Since he spent most of his best years in Hood River, Oregon, he always honors this place every time people want to know where he came from.


William Krueger attended Stanford University but this only lasted for one year. In the spring of 1970 as he explains, he understood the school’s administration and didn’t agree with the political issues that were emerging. The school for example, did not look into his participation in a takeover of the president’s protest which he saw as the University’s involvement, in weapons production throughout the war of Vietnam. This resulted to evaporation of his academic scholarship, forcing him to leave after his freshman year.


During his life, William Krueger has written many publications that cannot fit in this biography. However some of his latest writings include the Northwest Angle written in 2011, the Trickster’s Point in 2012, and the Tamarack County in 2013. His current work is the Windigo Island which is due August 2014. Additionally, he also have stand-alone which includes the Devil’s Bed in 2003 and the recent Ordinary Grace in 2013. A basic guide to writing Mystery Novels in 2012 is also one of his recent Non-fiction writings. Here are some descriptions of his two earlier books.

Iron Lake

Part Anishinaabe Indian, Part Irish, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is described in the writing as Sheriff of Aurora in Minnesota which has a population of 3,752. As a cop, he is embittered over marital breakup that has left him separated from his children and wife and also losing his job. This character (Cork) gets on, through heavy doses of nicotine, caffeine and guilt. There is no much shock to him once he is a cop on Chicago’s South Side. When a local and powerful politician is brutally murdered on the night an Indian young boy also misses, he takes on an upsetting corruption case, scandal and conspiracy.

Purgatory Ridge

In this writing, an explosion at lumber mill rips out on a calming summer morning. It kills a traditional chief in Iron Lake Ojibwe. A former sheriff of Tarmarack County, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor finds himself caught in the battle the Indian and his white cultural heritage once again. An Eco Worrior claims responsibility of the bombing but this leaves Cork unsure and this sees him take on more investigations.

Obijiwe who are saving a stand of white pines which are considered sacred from being logged, are blamed by many people in this County of Tamarack . On the other hand however, the Obijiwe blame Karl Lindstorm’s greed, who is the man owning the mill. Cork tears desperately at layers of dishonesty and begins to comprehend what could be the main prey may be people he loves the most and time is their greatest enemyand in the same time, tensions mounts.

The Real World

After William left Stanford, he had to support himself in the later years logging timber, working on construction sites and also publishing his work on few magazines. He wrote short stories and sketches for many years, but this was not until the age of 40 when he finished the manuscript of his first novel, “Iron Lake”. This novel went ahead to win the Anthony First Novel Best Award, the Barry Award for the Best First Novel, Book Award in Minnesota, and also the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award.


William married his wife by the name Diane. They then conceived their first child, a daughter by the name Seneca. In summer of 1980, they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota so that Diane could attend law school. She gave birth to their second child, Adam, when she was in the first semester of her final year and still made it to the Dean’s list. It was during this period that William began writing in earnest to develop habits that would become the basis for the writing he follows up to this day.

Flame Based Broiled Fiction

At the age of nineteen, William Krueger wanted to be like Hemingway and read everything about him. In the course of his reading, he stumbled onto a couple pieces of information that concerned Hemingway lifestyle, which he tried to incorporate into his way of being. He discovered that Hemingway must have been made of rigid stuff, which made him go back to wearing his beloved fruit of the looms. This was also the period when he learnt that Hemingway’s favorite time for writing was at first light which he gave a try and ended up liking it.

Writing Process

For several years after moving to St. Paul, they lived at the edge of a quiet neighborhood (Tangle Town). A café called the St. Clair Broiler stood few blocks away and opened its doors at 6:00 a.m. He began rising at 5:30 to start and prepare for the rest of the day. He would then head to the boiler and spend one hour writing before he would start hustling for his job that kept food on his table. Mostly, he wrote short stories, which some were published and a couple of them also earned awards. As a mystery writer with his own genre, Krueger credits Hemingway, James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman as some his strongest influences.

Current Lifestyle

Currently William Kent Krueger is a full time writer and still has to get up at the crack of dawn. He still gives visits to the broiler where he spends a couple of hours hunched over his notebook as the sun rises over the shops across the street and the traffic starts to fill the Snelling Avenue. For him, this is still the best time of the day as he’s not only dreaming in these hours but also fulfilling the dreams.

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4 Responses to “William Kent Krueger”

  1. SLZ: 5 months ago

    Recently purchased & read 3 novels & the Cork series, which takes place in our back yard. Hard to put down. In the couple months since buying them, 5 friends interested in the reviews we gave to them have been cleaning out our library & coming back for more.

  2. Lois Varland: 1 year ago

    My husband and I stumbled on Iron Lake a few years ago and followed the the series of Cork O’Conner’s adventures. We also have read the stand alone books and now each year wait (im)patiently for the next novel.
    They are all so good that it is difficult to chose my favorite.
    Thank you for writing these novels and as always looking forward to the next one.

  3. CJ: 2 years ago


  4. Raymond Le Gates: 2 years ago

    I am American living in Dublin Ireland. I just started your novels and enjoying them. Keep them coming.


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