Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wanted! Minnesota Crime Wave

There's little truth to the rumor that the three authors comprising the “Minnesota Crime Wave” met because they have the same parole officer. Established in 2000, these three specialists in fictional crime and mystery have toured the country several times. Among them, they have published more than 30 novels and have received nearly two dozen local, regional and national book awards. The three writers will talk about their work at the Cloquet Public Library on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m.

"Minnesota Crime Wave" members are Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins and William Kent Krueger. Hart is author of the "Jane Lawless" mystery series, which features a culinary detective (Hart is also a trained chef). Her newest book in the series is Cruel Ever After, which was published last December.

Brookins is a former academic--and an avid sailor--who has authored three mystery series. The "Tanner-Whitney" series features a married pair of sailing sleuths. Devil’s Island is his latest mystery.

William Kent Krueger writes the "Cork O'Connor" mystery series, set in the Northwoods and featuring a protagonist who is part Ojibwe and part Irish. His stories often deal with the clash of cultures. Krueger’s latest Cork O’Connor book is Vermilion Drift.

The authors will have their books for sale and will autograph copies. The event is free and open to the public.

“Minnesota Crime Wave” is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, the Minnesota Library Legacy Fund, and the Cloquet Public Library. The program is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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