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July 22, 2004

Krueger Reading Concludes Summer "Live From Prairie Lights" Broadcasts

The summer series of "Live from Prairie Lights" broadcasts, hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910, will conclude with Minnesota mystery writer William Kent Krueger reading from "Blood Hollow" at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

The reading will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

"Blood Hollow" is the latest in Krueger's series featuring Cork O'Connor, a part Irish, part Ojibwe former deputy sheriff of Tamarack County, Minn. Krueger explains, "'Blood Hollow' is a homecoming. It's a return to a place that feels comfortable and welcoming. Of course, people continue to die there. After all, that's what the genre is about. But Cork O'Connor is back on the scene, his amiable presence and dogged sense of justice assuring that most things will come out right in the end."

A review in the Chicago Sun-Times raved, "The prose in 'Blood Hollow' is so good and the plotting so deft that readers will be hard put to stop reading once they begin. Krueger has moved to the head of the crime fiction class with this one."

Krueger's other books include "The Devil's Bed," "Boundary Waters," "Iron Lake" and "Purgatory Ridge." He has been the winner of the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

Krueger grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. He briefly attended Stanford University before leaving to experience the "real world," which included working as a logger, construction worker, freelance journalist and researcher in childhood development. For the last 20 years he has made his home in St. Paul.

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