By Terri Schlichenmeyer —
Murders never make sense, but in “Desolation Mountain” by William Kent Krueger, there’s a lot of mystery in the killings that may have to do with a large corporation—one that wants to desecrate Cork O’Connor’s beloved northern Minnesota land. Like his father, Cork’s son Stephen is affected by this, too, but in different ways: Stephen’s been having symbolic dreams that terrify him because they seem to point in directions he doesn’t want to explore … For fans of Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, this is a different novel and a must-read.
Depth of Winter
For western fans, “Depth of Winter” by Craig Johnson offers a modern, thrilling twist on an old oater: Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire wants his daughter back, but it’s going to cost him. She’s being held in a remote area of Mexico by a drug cartel and its fearless leader, whom Longmire has met before. But to get his daughter back alive, he’d go to Mexico with help from people his friend Buck Guzmán trusted: a pink Caddy-driving man, a blind “seer,” a former-doctor-turned-agent, and a woman the Mexicans called “The Skin Witch.” Beware that there’s a lot of violence in this book, but the story just can’t be missed.
Whiskey When We’re Dry
And last, you’ll also want to check out “Whiskey When We’re Dry” by John Larison, a sweeping novel about a girl pioneer who wants her brother back.
For months after her only sibling, Noah, left their meager ranch in a fit of anger, Jessilyn tried to help her father hold the place together. Papa was a good man—he taught Jessilyn to shoot and take care of herself—but when she found him dead in a canyon, she had no choice but to go looking for her brother, who’d fallen into a life of crime. Being a woman alone on the prairie was dangerous, though, not to mention impossible to navigate. No, the only way Jessilyn would ever find Noah was to become Jesse.