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  • 3 of 8 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Breckenridge Public Library KRU (Text) 33500010949691 Main Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library KRU (Text) 33500010949709 Main Checked out 06/11/2022
Godel Memorial-Warren Library KRU (Text) 35500005141351 Main Checked out 05/27/2022
Hallock Public Library KRU (Text) 35500005141344 Main Available -
Hallock Public Library KRU (Text) 35500005141419 Main Checked out 06/09/2022
Roseau Public Library KRU (Text) 35500005141153 Main Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library KRU (Text) 35500005141146 Main On holds shelf -
Thief River Falls Public Library KRU (Text) 35500005527179 Main Checked out 05/24/2022

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  • ISBN: 9781451645828 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1451645821 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781451645859 (trade paper)
  • ISBN: 1451645856 (trade paper)
  • Physical Description: 307 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013.

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Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
    Krueger, the author of the best-selling Cork O'Connor mysteries, largely set in Minnesota, has written a stand-alone novel that is part mystery but mostly an extended (and often overly extended) meditation. The narrator, Frank Drum, writes as a middle-age man looking back on a summer in 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota, when he was 13; the Minnesota Twins were in their first season; and death, in five different instances, shook his family and their community in the Minnesota River valley. The first death is that of Frank's sometime friend Bobby Cole. The proximate cause was a train, but the mystery is whether Bobby stood in front of that train, or was pushed or placed there. More deaths follow, one of which rips apart Frank's family. This coming-of-age story is obviously an attempt to show how grace can work through the fissures of suffering. While the setting is well rendered, the characters are too flat, and Krueger keeps striking the same monologist's meditative note throughout, while most readers will long for variety in style. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

William Kent Krueger&#160;is the&#160;<i>New York Times</i>&#160;bestselling author of&#160;<i>This Tender Land</i>,&#160;<i>Ordinary Grace&#160;</i>(winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), as well as nineteen acclaimed books in the Cork O&#8217;Connor mystery series, including&#160;<i>Lightning Strike</i>&#160;and&#160;<i>Desolation Mountain</i>. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at

William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land, Ordinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), as well as eighteen acclaimed books in the Cork O'Connor mystery series, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Learn more at

Subject: Families > Minnesota > Fiction.
Murder > Minnesota > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Mystery fiction.

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