William Kent Krueger is a mystery writer best known for his novels about Cork O'Connor, which take place in the northern Minnesota forests. He has also published "Ordinary Grace," a well-regarded 2013 novel that is not part of the Cork O'Connor series.
William Kent Krueger, whose last name is spelled "Kruger" in a few other sources, has written a long-running detective series centered on the ex-sheriff Cork O'Connor. The books are set in Minnesota, where Krueger lives, as of July 2015. The first book in the series, "Iron Lake," was published in 1999, according to Amazon. The second and third books are "Boundary Waters" and "Purgatory Ridge," respectively. Krueger continues to publish one O'Connor book per year, and the series regularly appears on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Krueger has also received awards and recognition for "Ordinary Grace," a stand-alone novel published in 2013. According to Amazon, it was chosen as a Best Book by the School Library Journal and received the Edgar Award for 2014, as well as becoming a bestseller. Reader scores for the book on Amazon average 4.5 stars out of five. Like Krueger's other works, "Ordinary Grace" is a mystery novel set in Minnesota. However, it concerns a boy named Frank Drum rather than O'Connor.