Booktalkers: Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger

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Twelve-year-old Cork O’Connor, who's one-quarter Ojibwe, makes a horrifying discovery while hiking one day in 1963 in Minnesota's Superior National Forest-the hanged corpse of Big John Manydeeds, the uncle of a friend of Cork's from the Iron Lake Reservation. With no signs of foul play, the death is quickly ruled a suicide, but Cork has his doubts. Cork’s father, Sheriff Liam O’Connor, searches for logical answers, while Cork grapples with questions about death and witnesses a shadow that haunts the Lightning Strike site where Manydeeds was found. This novel is a prequel to the popular Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger.