William Kent Krueger Celebrated mystery writer and New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is a celebrated author who lives and works in the Twin Cities. He is the award-winning author of the Cork O’Connor novels, a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota whose protagonist, Cork, is the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage – part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers. The River We Remember, the latest in the Cork O’Connor series, published in September 2023.

Krueger is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Ordinary Grace, a standalone novel published in 2013 that follows a young teenage boy during the summer of 1961 whose world is upended when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family and he suddenly finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal. It is a brilliantly moving novel about a boy on the precipice of adulthood and has received numerous awards, including the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, among other accolades. This Tender Land, published in September 2019, is the companion novel to Ordinary Grace and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Set in Minnesota in 1932, the story follows four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. Over the course of one fateful summer, these orphans embark on an unforgettable journey and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds.

An in-demand speaker, Krueger frequently visits libraries, schools, universities, and more to speak about his life as a writer and how his stories resonate across diverse communities. He currently lives and writes in Minnesota with his family.


Suggested Topics

  • The River We Remember
  • Cork O’Connor Series

Raves and Reviews

Praise for The River We Remember:

“[Krueger] is a fine storyteller, but it is his understanding of his characters and his sense of the past that make The River We Remember more than just a story. As novels go, this one is a work of art.”
The Denver Post

“The River We Remember may be [Krueger’s] magnum opus…deeply moving…intimate and epic in equal measure.”
—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“William Kent Krueger’s page-turning, rewarding mystery The River We Remember is a superb exploration of the prejudices and complexities of post-World War II America.”
—Bookpage (starred review)

“Absorbing. . . combines nostalgic settings with depictions of the lingering hardships and traumas of war and the home front . . . in the decade after WWII.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“Tender, evocative.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Krueger’s graceful prose coupled with his ability to delve deep into his characters’ inner lives makes The River We Remember a stand-out in a career of excellent novels…[The novel] ebbs and flows to a stunning ending that also is life affirming. This is a story not easily forgotten.”
—Sun Sentinel

“Irresistible…Book clubs, here’s your next pick. Find The River We Remember, take it home and shut the door.”
—Macro Eagle

“Historical fiction that resonates with our time makes for a great reading experience—especially when it’s done in the literary style of rich, careful language; realistic evocation of place; and deep exploration into character. William Kent Krueger has delivered just this combination in his latest standalone novel, The River We Remember.”
New York Journal of Books


Praise for Fox Creek:

This genuinely thrilling and atmospheric novel brims with characters who are easy to root for.”

The New York Times Book Review

As usual in a Krueger novel, the prose is elegant, the landscape of Minnesota’s northeastern triangle is vividly portrayed, the character development is superb, and Henry’s Native American mysticism is treated with understanding and respect.”

The Washington Post

From Iron Lake — the first in the Cork O’Connor series — to Fox Creek, Krueger has exhibited a mastery and control that can’t be denied. Maybe he should start calling himself an alchemist, because he has the formula down to an art.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch

With its quick pacing and multi-layered plot, William Kent Krueger’s Fox Creek dazzles early, sucking readers in, before giving way to a heart-thumping final act that delivers one hell of a reading experience.”

The Real Book Spy

Krueger has exhibited a mastery and control that can’t be denied. Maybe he should start calling himself an alchemist, because he has the formula down to an art.”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Fox Creek is the best book in the series yet.”

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Outstanding… skillfully blends an evocative look at nature’s beauty and peril with Native American lore…fans will be enthralled.”

—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

One of those rare authors who combines intricately plotted, issue-oriented stories with mysticism and action. A must for fans of beautifully written crime.”

Library Journal (starred review)

In the Media


Books by William Kent Krueger

Trickster's Point
Tamarack County
Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger Collection #2
William Kent Krueger Collection #1
William Kent Krueger Collection #3
William Kent Krueger Collection #4
Windigo Island
Manitou Canyon
This Tender Land
Sulfur Springs
Desolation Mountain
William Kent Krueger Collection #5
River We Remember
Lightning Strike
Fox Creek
Spirit Crossing

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