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The Usual Suspects

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Friday • April 28 • 7pm

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Book Club

Ordinary Grace

The summer of 1961 is a time of innocence in New Bremen, Minnesota. Ice-cold root beers are selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, Hot Stuff comic books are a mainstay on the barbershop magazine racks, and a hopeful young president leads the nation. It is here that 13-year old Frank Drum lives with his family: Julliard-bound big sister, Ariel; kid brother, Jake; Methodist pastor father, Nathan; and church music director mother, Ruth. But when Ariel fails to return home from a party night, their peaceful existence is shattered. In the aftermath of her disappearance, her wealthy boyfriend comes under suspicion, Ruth undergoes a crisis of faith, dark secrets about their small town come to light, and Frank is thrust into an adult world full of lies, adultery, and betrayal.

Dive into a beautifully rendered award-winning mystery with The Usual Suspects book club.


No Image Available 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. Hes been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired 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 OConnor, 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 seven novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

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