Book Recommendation: Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger

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Book Recommendation: Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger

I enjoyed reading Mercy Falls (2005) by American Novelist and The New York Times Bestselling Author William Kent Krueger and recommend this series for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel.


Mercy Falls

In this “smart and satisfying” (Booklist) mystery, charismatic Cork O’Connor finds himself stalked by an unknown assailant bent on putting a bullet through his heart as he faces his most dangerous case yet.

Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O’Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call—only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he’s called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino.

Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family hires a beautiful private investigator to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby’s sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that dark, personal motives lurk behind recent events. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy hide around every corner in this maze of danger. But somewhere beneath the turbulent Mercy Falls lies the truth—and Cork is determined to find it.


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 fifty 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.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

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Comments (13)

Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Good information about the recommended book. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Feb 06, 2023 02:23 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many great stories out there for us to read and your reviews always give me a good idea of whether I would like the book myself or not.

Feb 06, 2023 03:54 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Although nowhere near your reading pace, I have picked up a bit over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy your next read.

Feb 06, 2023 04:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... sounds like an exciting story line that make this book a page turner!

Feb 06, 2023 05:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thanks for sharing your book recommendation, and what are you reading now?

Feb 06, 2023 06:56 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

Another fabulous book to enjoy! Thank you for the recommendation.

Feb 06, 2023 10:05 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy, This book sounds intriguing.  You always pick great titles to review. 

Feb 06, 2023 12:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger sounds like a great read for the bookworms out there, Roy.

Feb 07, 2023 12:20 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Roy, I'll never be able to keep up with your reading material and novels. However, I enjoy see how much you enjoy reading and the speed in which you read them.  Tell me, is it almost a book a day?!?  Wonderful.

Feb 07, 2023 09:34 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. I hope you are reading a good book.

Feb 08, 2023 03:44 AM