The River We Remember

by William Kent Krueger


In 1958, a small Minnesota town is rocked by the murder of its most powerful citizen, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances in this dazzling standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “expansive, atmospheric American saga” (Entertainment Weekly) This Tender Land.

On Memorial Day, 1958, as the people of Jewel, Minnesota, gather to remember and honor the sacrifice of so many sons in the wars of the past, the half-clothed body of wealthy landowner Jimmy Quinn is found floating in the Alabaster River. Investigation of his death falls to Sheriff Brody Dern, a highly decorated war hero who still carries the physical and emotional scars from his
military service. Even before Dern has the results of the autopsy, vicious rumors begin to circulate that the killer must be Noah Bluestone, a Native American WWII veteran who has recently returned to Jewel with a Japanese wife. As suspicions and accusations mount and the town teeters on the edge of more violence, Dern struggles not only to find the truth of Quinn’s murder but also to put to rest the demons from his own past.

The River We Remember is both a spellbinding mystery and a masterful portrait of mid-century American life from an author of novels “as bighearted as they come” (Parade). An unflinching look at the wounds left by the wars we fight abroad and at home, and a moving exploration of the ways in which we seek to heal, it is a testament to the enduring power of the stories we tell about the places we call home.

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 432 Pages
Imprint: Atria Books
Published: March 2024
ISBN: 9781668060681

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