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Authors: William Kent Krueger

Northwest Angle

N
ORTHWEST
A
NGLE

A
LSO BY
W
ILLIAM
K
ENT
K
RUEGER

 

Vermilion Drift

 

Heaven’s Keep

 

Red Knife

 

Thunder Bay

 

Copper River

 

Mercy Falls

 

Blood Hollow

 

The Devil’s Bed

 

Purgatory Ridge

 

Boundary Waters

 

Iron Lake

 

 

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2011 by William Kent Krueger

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First Atria Books hardcover edition August 2011

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Krueger, William Kent.

Northwest angle / William Kent Krueger. — 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.

  p. cm.

1. O’Connor, Cork (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Private investigators—
Fiction. 3. Mystery fiction. gsafd 4. Suspense fiction. gsafd I. Title.

  PS3561.R766N67 2011

  813’.54—dc22                     2011015331

ISBN 978-1-4391-5395-6
ISBN 978-1-4391-7216-2 (ebook)

For Morgan and Riley Buchholz,
two blessings who dropped from heaven into my heart.

 
Contents
 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE

 

PROLOGUE

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

CHAPTER TWO

 

CHAPTER THREE

 

CHAPTER FOUR

 

CHAPTER FIVE

 

CHAPTER SIX

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

 

CHAPTER EIGHT

 

CHAPTER NINE

 

CHAPTER TEN

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN

 

CHAPTER TWELVE

 

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

 

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

 

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

 

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

 

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

 

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

 

CHAPTER NINETEEN

 

CHAPTER TWENTY

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

 

CHAPTER THIRTY

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE

 

CHAPTER FORTY

 

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE

 

CHAPTER FORTY-TWO

 

CHAPTER FORTY-THREE

 

CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR

 

CHAPTER FORTY-FIVE

 

CHAPTER FORTY-SIX

 

CHAPTER FORTY-SEVEN

 

CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT

 

CHAPTER FORTY-NINE

 

CHAPTER FIFTY

 

CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE

 

CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO

 

CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE

 

EPILOGUE

 
A
CKNOWLEDGMENTS
 

T
he Northwest Angle of Minnesota is an area remarkable in its geography, its beauty, and its people. I am indebted to those who live on the Angle, folks generous with their time, knowledge, and resources. I’m especially grateful to Debra Kellerman and Tony Wandersee, who own the Angle Inn Lodge on Oak Island. Better hosts or nicer people would be hard to find anywhere. I also extend a huge thanks to Tony Ebnet for an extraordinary day on Lake of the Woods that neither my wife nor I will ever forget. To those who live on the Northwest Angle or the Angle Islands, and to those who know the area well, I offer a caution when reading this novel, and a small apology. I have, of necessity, taken a few liberties with geography. Stump Island, for example, doesn’t exist, but islands very like it do. I’ve tried to create the landscape necessary for the story without compromising the essential and marvelous reality of the Angle. I hope you understand.

A huge thanks to Erin Sullivan-Sutton of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, who gave me fine advice about adoption in Minnesota, and the ways in which a child’s welfare, common sense, and bureaucratic requirements might work in harmony to achieve great good.

To the Powassin family of Windigo Island: Thank you for
inspiring Amos Powassin, a character who became very dear to my heart while I wrote this story.

To my agent, Danielle Egan-Miller, and her associates, Joanna MacKenzie, Lauren Olson, Shelbey Campbell, and Alec McDonald, my deepest thanks for helping to keep my worst tendencies as a storyteller in firm check, and for providing such sound direction in the revisions of this novel.

To the team at Atria—my editor, Sarah Branham, my publicist, David Brown, and the marvelous folks in the art department who create the stunning design of my books: I can never thank you enough for all that you do.

Finally, a tip of my hat to the Java Train, a lovely island of community, creativity, and occasional chaos, where I always find a warm welcome and a clean table for my work.

A
UTHOR’S
N
OTE
 

O
n July 3, 1999, a cluster of thunderstorms developed in the Black Hills area of South Dakota and began to track to the northeast. On the morning of July 4, something phenomenal occurred with this storm system, something monstrous. At the edge of western Minnesota, the storm clouds gathered and exploded, creating what would become one of the most destructive derechos ever to sweep across this continent.

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