One surprise involves an action which goes against human nature. The other has to do with the solution to the murder.
Aurora, Minnesota, former sheriff Cork O'Connor investigates an explosion at a local lumber mill. The explosion killed a well-known leader of the Anishinaabe tribe.
Some people believe the old Indian accidentally blew himself up in a failed attempt to set a bomb at the lumberyard. The owner of the lumberyard is about to harvest a sacred grove of White Pine trees called Minishoomisag or Our Grandfathers.
In the midst of all this, wildfires rage.
Cork’s wife Jo represents the Anishinaabe tribe, further complicating the situation for Cork.
Along the way, Cork grows even farther from his virtually estranged wife and then reconciles with her. But the heart of the story comes with a kidnapping and the violent struggles that involves.
As always with Krueger’s stories, Purgatory Ridge keeps you reading.
Purgatory Ridge was not my favorite Kent Krueger book (of those I’ve read so far), but like all the Cork O’Conner books, it keeps you reading.