WINDIGO ISLAND by William Kent Krueger (Atria). I've compared the contemporary rise of instant-classic crime fiction to Steinbeck and James T. Farrell and the like - and now arrives the latest Krueger and with it, in the publisher's promotion material, a different category label for these books: in a review comparing this one to the Upton Sinclair classic THE JUNGLE, the American Library Association's Booklist calls it “an investigative novel.” Excellent - with one reservation: it might require that I remind you that this fiction, Krueger's Cork O'Connor series and the genre as a whole, is still terrifically enjoyable suspense fiction - thrillers.

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