William Kent Krueger (Author of Ordinary Grace)Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is an attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.
Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, 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 five novels were all New York Times bestsellers.
Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. Windigo Island, number fourteen in his Cork O’Connor series, was released in August 2014.
Ask any bookseller about his relationship with fans and they respond enthusiastically. I hear him talking to readers at signings and he truly knows about them, remembers them. He has a real personal connection. They live in the Lincoln Indian Training school, a place where Native American children are stripped of their culture and language. Odie and Albert are the only white kids at the school, sent there after their parents were killed.
In the dirt, the rain, the sky, the trees, the apples, the stars in the cottonwoods. In you and me, too. This beautiful, tender land. The only two white boys in the school are orphan brothers Odie and Albert who, under the watchful eyes of the cruel superintendent Mrs. Brickman, are often in trouble for misdeeds both real and imagined.
William Krueger is an American author and crime writer born on November 16, in Torrington, Wyoming, born as a the third child of four children. Before William graduated from high school, he had lived in eleven different houses, in eight different cities and in six different states in America. In this period, he was not yet old enough to realize what was happening with his family. However later after he grew up, he realized that they used to move from one house to the other every time the rent was due, as he explains. Since he spent most of his best years in Hood River, Oregon, he always honors this place every time people want to know where he came from.