Read the thrilling, universally acclaimed debut that introduced the award-winning Cork O'Connor mystery series to the world by New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran Cork O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his former status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a twisty case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal. As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.