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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Purgatory Ridge


 
Near Aurora, Minnesota, a major environmental-industrial dispute exists. The Anishinaabe tribe wants the two hundred acres of great white pines that are sacred to them as "Old Grandfathers" protected from the lumber industry. Karl Lindstrom's lumber mill resides on the edge of the forest and he is not known for his conservation methods. As is the case in many local arguments, outsiders come marching in to join the Native Americans protesting the cutting down of the trees.
However, all hell breaks loose when someone blows up the mill, killing a Native American employee. The industrial moguls blame the Anishinaabe tribe and the law agrees even though someone named the Eco-Warrior claims credit for the deed.

PURGATORY RIDGE is an exciting ecological thriller that keeps the suspense and action at high levels throughout the tale. When the story concentrates on the central theme of conservation vs. development, the plot is as good as it gets. In those circumstances, all the key characters seem genuine in their beliefs. When the story line spins into sidebars like the ransom kidnapping it appears as if a plot device has been used to add unnecessary tension to an already strong novel.  Of course any good mystery needs some misleading clues and there are more than a few in this one. Award winning William Kent Kreuger has written a tale  that will appeal to more than Minnesotans who like a good local setting in their mysteries…. Some of the other in the series  with sheriff Cork O’Connor in charge include  BOUNDARY WATERS and IRON LAKE.

8 comments:

amanda | wildly simple said...

I've got a couple of William Kent Kreuger books on my shelf, but have yet to read them. I know some fans, but they just haven't appealed to me yet. This one sounds interesting!

amanda | wildly simple said...

I've got a couple of William Kent Kreuger books on my shelf, but have yet to read them. I know some fans, but they just haven't appealed to me yet. This one sounds interesting!

rosaria williams said...

Uh, something about this plot sounds familiar. Nah, it's just that Oregon is in the news on a similar issue right now. Glad I found your review blog.

Out on the prairie said...

Sounds like a fun one, I will have to see which library has it

Carla from The River said...

This sounds interesting, thank you for the review.
Carla

Arkansas Patti said...

This sounds like one I would really like. I'll check our library. If they don't have it, maybe they will order it.Thanks for the review.

Anvilcloud said...

What a fine, concise review. I would find this book appealing.

Ien in the Kootenays said...

This is a topic close my heart, the dilemma is well known here in B.C. Will have to read, it goes on the wish list,thanks!