Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger


It all seems to begin with a troubling vision Stephen O’Connor has that is burdening him. He seeks answers from Henry Meloux but when a plane carrying their US Senator crashes on nearby Desolation Mountain, Stephen believes that event is connected to what he’s seen. When he, Cork and his brother-in-law Daniel English head to the crash site to help search for survivors, that sets off a chain of dangerous reactions.


I so love this series with its strong sense of setting expertly connected with the indigenous Anishinaabe culture. I’m 17 books in and continue to learn about the region and customs. The characters have evolved so naturally, especially Stephen as he embraces his heritage and attempts to find his way into his own identity. Cork is also learning how to parent his now adult children and his joy in helping raise his grandson, Waaboo, is just lovely. These are the subtler and finer points of the story in the midst of a confounding, suspenseful mystery. While the plane crash brought out every alphabet agency, all trying to assert their authority, there were rogue operators in their midst who weren’t above taking drastic measures to forward their agenda.

This was an extremely puzzling mystery, moreso because you really couldn’t figure out the good guys. Tip of the hat to the author for inserting some of the sentiments currently dividing our country without taking a point of view and making it relevant to the people in this Minnesota region. It rang so authentic and was in keeping with the characters we’ve come to know. For me, the narrator, David Chandler, has become an integral part of this series. He’s just wonderful and I’ll always listen to these stories. I loved everything about this one, even the awful parts because they kept this true and authentic.

Book Info

  • Release Date: August 21, 2018
  • Series: Cork O’Connor #17
  • Narrator: David Chandler
  • Audio Length: 9 hours, 41 minutes


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27 thoughts on “Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger”

  1. I’m sure it’s an amazing review but I only glanced at it since I’m still back at book 5. I’m cleaning up my audio ARCs this month so I’m not doing well at my library books right now. Those Deathstalker books are so long more than 25 hours! At least the other series I jumped into with Karen White, those are more like 8 or 9 hours each. But I will get back to this series! Anne – Books of My Heart

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