Today I get to introduce you to an American literary hero. William Kent Krueger is a New York Time’s best selling author who is probably best known for his Cork O’Conner crime series. But to say that he only writes crime fiction would be, well, a crime. When I first encountered his writing many moons ago (my dad gave me a copy of Mercy Falls) the primary thing I noticed about William’s writing was not that it is taut with suspense and cleverly plotted (which it is), it was that his prose is lovely and the sense of place, the thick atmosphere in his books is so rich and heavy I felt utterly transported. Ah, delight. My two favorite things in a book: gorgeous words and a compelling story. (Thus my utter disdain for books of the Twilight ilk).
But William Kent Krueger? The whole enchilada, baby. I love his writing. And not just his writing… We happen to share an agent (I know, right?!), and she graciously orchestrated a meeting between me and WKK last year during the Heartland Fall Forum in Minneapolis. And guess what? Not only is he a superstar author who writes phenomenal books, he is also an amazing man. Absolutely top notch. Kind and thoughtful and not the least bit hoity-toity (great term, huh?) even though he has every right in the world to consider himself all that and a bag of chips.
(Moi, William Kent Krueger, and Rebecca Kanner at the Forum)
And though I love all of William’s books and whole-heartedly recommend every one, I am so excited about his most recent offering, Ordinary Grace. If the starred reviews and the fact that it debuted at #19 on the NYT hardcover bestseller list aren’t enough to convince you, let me try… It’s achingly beautiful. Tender and heart wrenching. In the words of the cover copy: “…an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.” Buy it. Read it. You will not be disappointed.
What William had to say about Sleeping in Eden:
“Nicole Baart has written a novel that satisfies on every level. Sleeping In Eden is a compelling mystery, a tragic love story, a perceptive consideration of the callous whim of circumstance and, perhaps most important, a beautiful piece of prose. I guarantee this is a book that will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page.”