William Kent Krueger Announces His Next Cork O’Connor Thriller (With Plot Details)

On Wednesday, William Kent Krueger posted a touching Thanksgiving note to his official Facebook page. So, what’s the bestselling author thankful for this year? Well, among other things, the completion of the first draft of his next book!

Scheduled for release next September 5th, Sulfur Springs (published by Atria Books), the sixteenth Cork O’Connor novel–and follow-up to 2016’s Manitou Canyon–will take the part-time private investigator to the Arizona desert in search of missing man.

Check out the official plot details below:

“In William Kent Krueger’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O’Connor’s search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear.

On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy’s son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.

The following morning, Cork and Rainy fly to Coronado County in southern Arizona, where Peter has been working as a counselor in a well-known drug rehab center. When they arrive, they learn that Peter was fired six months earlier and hasn’t been heard from since. So they head to the little desert town of Sulfur Springs where Peter has been receiving his mail. But no one in Sulfur Springs seems to know him. They do, however, recognize the name Rodriguez. Carlos Rodriguez is the head of a cartel that controls everything illegal crossing the border from Mexico into Coronado County.

As they gather scraps of information about Peter, Cork and Rainy are warned that there is a war going on along the border. “Trust no one in Coronado County,” is a refrain they hear again and again. And to Cork, Arizona is alien country. The relentless heat and absence of water, tall trees, and cool forests feel nightmarish to him, as does his growing sense that Rainy might know more about what’s going on than she’s willing to admit. And if he can’t trust Rainy, who can he trust?

Featuring Krueger’s signature talent of “creating strong characters, building drama and conflict, braiding in Indian legend and spirituality, and spinning a good yarn” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Sulfur Springs is a fresh, exhilarating, and white-knuckle mystery starring one of the greatest heroes of fiction.”


I will admit that I didn’t actually start reading Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series until this year, but it’s fast become one of my favorite news series. Manitou Canyon was a fantastic, chilling mystery novel. If you’re a fan of C.J. Box, Craig Johnson, Ace Atkins, or Steve Hamilton, then you have got to check out William Kent Krueger!

Lastly, even though we’re still ten months from publication, those anxious to get their hands on Sulfur Springs can pre-order it here. Scroll down before you leave to see the cover art, and don’t forget to check back often–we’ll be covering this book right up until it’s release.

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