This isn't a new series but it is new to me. The main character is Cork O'Connor, a sacked sheriff with Native American and Irish heritage. In this book, he must solve a series of murders threatening to bring out old hostilities.
The author has been recommended to me many times by my American book loving friends and I can see why.
The story has great atmosphere - ice, snow, the winter closing in and the killings piling up.
There is really nothing to fault. I particularly enjoyed our introduction to Cork and his memories of the incident between the town residents and the residents on the reservation. Cork's handling of this incident brought about his downfall as sheriff. We get a great picture of how events made him who he is and how each side views him with suspicion.
There's a nice blending of Native American folklore in this story. In fact, it forms a backbone. The Native American characters are nicely drawn and I especially liked old Mr Melroux, who seemed to me a wonderful mix of old traditions and insight. The 'Windigo' is also a novel concept to me and I liked how this played on Cork's mind all the way from the time he was fourteen years old and went hunting in the woods...
A complex murder mystery with small town politics, big ambitions and the honesty and treachery of ordinary people thrown into the mix. There's something special in how the author blends the landscape with the emotions of his characters. The suspense and tension crank up, as the killer, hiding in plain sight, makes his final moves.
To give you an idea how much I enjoyed it - I shall be reading Cork O'Connor #2 as my Christmas holiday season treat.
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