William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

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August 20th, 2024: Spirit Crossing

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William Kent Krueger Stats: The highest rated book by William Kent Krueger on Book Notification is The Levee, a Novella. The second-highest rated book is This Tender Land, a Standalone novel.

The most read book by William Kent Krueger on Book Notification is Iron Lake, the first novel in the Cork O'Connor series. The second most read book is Boundary Waters (Cork O'Connor #2).

Below is a complete list of William Kent Krueger books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by William Kent Krueger is the Cork O'Connor Series.

List of Cork O'Connor Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
8.1
Iron Lake
1998
2
8.7
Boundary Waters
1999
3
8.5
Purgatory Ridge
2001
4
8.8
Blood Hollow
2004
5
8.4
Mercy Falls
2005
6
8.5
Copper River
2006
7
9.1
Thunder Bay
2007
8
8.3
Red Knife
2008
9
8.5
Heaven's Keep
2009
10
8.6
Vermilion Drift
2010
11
8.6
Northwest Angle
2011
12
8.4
Trickster's Point
2012
13
8.4
Tamarack County
2013
14
8.5
Windigo Island
2014
15
8.4
Manitou Canyon
2016
16
8.1
Sulfur Springs
2017
17
8.1
Desolation Mountain
2018
18
8.5
Lightning Strike
2021
19
8
Fox Creek
2022
20
Spirit Crossing
2024

Lightning Strike is a prequel to the series.

List of Cork O'Connor Companion Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Short Story Collections in Publication Order

List of William Kent Krueger Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Twin Cities Noir
2006
2
Death Do Us Part
2006
3
These Guns for Hire
2006
4
Resort to Murder
2007
5
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense
2009
6
8
Crimes by Moonlight
2010
7
Writes of Spring
2012
8
Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction
2012
9
USA Noir
2013
10
Bullets and Other Hurting Things: A Tribute to Bill Crider
2021
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William Kent Krueger: Biography

William Kent Krueger was born on November 16th, 1950 and is currently 73 years old. William Kent Krueger was born in Torrington, Wyoming, USA. Krueger attended Stanford University.

William Kent Krueger is the author of the Cork O'Connor series which currently consists of 20 novels. The Cork O'Connor series started in 1998 with the novel Iron Lake. The most recently released novel in the Cork O'Connor series was Fox Creek which was released in 2022. There is an upcoming novel for the Cork O'Connor series entitled Spirit Crossing which is being released on August 20th, 2024.

Krueger has been on the Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! annual international top ten list in Japan one time. It was for his standalone novel Ordinary Grace, which ranked 3rd in 2016.

Lightening Strike was named one of the Best Thrillers of 2021 by The Real Book Spy website, adding whether you're new to Cork's world or a longtime fan of the series, this one is a must. The following year Fox Creek would be listed among the top 15 Best Mysteries, Crime, & Thrillers of Psychological Suspense novels of 2022.

William Kent Krueger: Awards & Accolades

William Kent Krueger has won many awards including:

  • Iron Lake won the Barry Award, Best First Novel, in 1999 as well as the Anthony Award - Best First Mystery in 1999.
  • Blood Hollow won the Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2005.
  • Mercy Falls won the Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2006.
  • Thunder Bay won the Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2008.
  • Ordinary Grace won the Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2014 as well as the Lefty Award - The Squid Award in 2014, Barry Award - Best Novel in 2014, Edgar Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2014, Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2014, Dilys Award - Best Mystery Novel in 2014.
  • Sulfur Springs won the Lefty Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2018.
  • Lightning Strike won the Lefty Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 2022.

The following novels by William Kent Krueger were nominated for these awards:

  • Iron Lake: Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (1999).
  • Boundary Waters: Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (2000).
  • Purgatory Ridge: Barry Award, Best Novel (2002). Dilys Award, Best Mystery Novel (2002).
  • Mercy Falls: Barry Award, Best Novel (2006).
  • Thunder Bay: Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2008).
  • Red Knife: Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (2009). Barry Award, Best Novel (2009).
  • Hixton: Crime Writer's Association Award, Short Story Award (2012).
  • Ordinary Grace: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2013).
  • This Tender Land: Goodreads Awards, Best Historical Fiction (2019). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (2020).
  • The River We Remember: Goodreads Awards, Best Mystery and Thriller (2023). Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (2024).

William Kent Krueger: F.A.Q

When was William Kent Krueger Born? How old is William Kent Krueger?

William Kent Krueger was born on November 16th, 1950. William Kent Krueger is currently 73 years old.

Where was William Kent Krueger Born?

William Kent Krueger was born in Torrington, Wyoming, USA and is American.

What book awards has William Kent Krueger won?

Iron Lake: Barry Award Best First Novel (1999), Anthony Award Best First Mystery (1999).
Blood Hollow: Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2005).
Mercy Falls: Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2006).
Thunder Bay: Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (2008).
Ordinary Grace: Macavity Award Best Mystery Novel (2014), Lefty Award The Squid Award (2014), Barry Award Best Novel (2014), Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (2014), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (2014), Dilys Award Best Mystery Novel (2014).
Sulfur Springs: Lefty Award Best Mystery Novel (2018).
Lightning Strike: Lefty Award Best Mystery Novel (2022).

What was the first book William Kent Krueger wrote?

The first novel written by William Kent Krueger was Iron Lake, published in 1998.

What was the most recent book William Kent Krueger wrote?

His most recently released work was The River We Remember on September 5th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by William Kent Krueger?

William Kent Krueger has a new book coming out on August 20th, 2024 called Spirit Crossing.

How many books has William Kent Krueger written?

William Kent Krueger has written 28 books. 20 books in the Cork O'Connor Series, 1 book in the Cork O'Connor Companion Series, 4 Standalone Novels, 2 Short Stories/Novellas, 1 book in the Short Story Collections.

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    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    As an Australian from very temperate part of Australia, I found William Kent Kruger’s writing in the Cork O’Connor series to be refreshing. He describes the setting with the snow, cold, skis and snowmobiles with such vivid detail that you feel as if you were in the stories.

    Of all his stories I loved Thunder Bay which I found to be an absolute gem of a story. It is in this work that we get to know more about the reclusive detective and how he came to live in Aurora. He also gets to showcase his exceptional skills.

    Krueger is just as good in Heaven’s Keep as he keeps getting better in his plotting. The novel provided the full range of emotions from total devastation to disbelief as a man has a disagreement with his wife one morning only for her charter flight to disappear in a snow storm leaving him inconsolable.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    William Kent Krueger is like chocolate. He will ruin your appetite for other books. Literary fiction is hit and miss for me. In my opinion, the entire genre is boring because it follows ordinary people who spend hundreds of pages doing ordinary things.

    I still stand by that assessment. However, I am starting to think that I was simply waiting for the right author to reveal the wonders of literary fiction to my unsophisticated brain.

    Krueger’s writing is incredible. I urge you to read ‘Ordinary Grace.’ It will wreak havoc on your emotions. Every time I finish one of Krueger’s books, every novel I attempt to read in the following weeks feels so inferior. The man is a master.

    Karen K
    Karen K
    7 months ago

    I have read the Cork O’Connor series and cannot wait for more books. I hear great comments about “Ordinary Grace” and have that on my TBR list. He is definitely on my list of favorite authors.

    JGM
    JGM
    6 months ago

    Just read ‘The River we Remember’. I found it reminiscent of WKK’s Cork O’Connor books, leading me to ask “Is this really a stand alone novel, or the beginning of a new series?”.

    HBKnits
    HBKnits
    5 months ago

    I really enjoy the Cork O Connor series. However, I have especially enjoyed the standalone novels Ordinary Grace and The River We Remember. Both of these are outstanding!

    Steve Sukonick
    Steve Sukonick
    5 months ago

    This Tender Land was also outstanding. You might try that one if you loved Ordinary Grace/.

    cpottsy71
    cpottsy71
    5 months ago

    The River We Remember just jumps off the pages at you. While taking place in a time we love to remember fondly it often stuns us with the forgotten racist undertones of America in post war 50’s and 60’s. The characters are unforgettable and tragic.
    As soon as I finished the book, I returned it to the library and promptly bough my own copy.

    Roger
    Roger
    4 months ago

    I wasn’t expecting The River We Remember. I thought it was different from Krueger writing But it was excellent.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    4 months ago

    The River We Remember – standalone, 1st book I’ve read by this author based on a recommendation from a friend’s friend. Original comment was this was the best book she had EVER read. It was good and I’m game to read more by this author but it doesn’t fall in the category of “best book ever” for me.

    Tuie57
    Tuie57
    Reply to  stalsma
    4 months ago

    Read Ordinary Grace. It is excellent too!

    stalsma
    stalsma
    Reply to  Tuie57
    2 months ago

    Just finished. – excellent read.

    Tuie57
    Tuie57
    4 months ago

    Just finished The River We Remember. Excellent book! He is a great writer. I highly recommend this book. His Cork O’Connor mysteries are very good also.

    stalsma
    stalsma
    2 months ago

    Ordinary Grace – 2nd book I have read by this author based on the recommendation of a friend’s friend. Excellent read and will be reading more by this author.

    Neil Fox
    Neil Fox
    25 days ago

    I just read Ordinary Grace and it is the first book I’ve read by this author. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will read more of hid books!

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