St. Paul author wins major mystery novel award for 'Ordinary Grace'

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It's 1961 in the small fictional Minnesota town of New Bremen, and a 13-year-old named Frank is being forced to grow up fast after he encounters an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery and betrayal.

Sound like a good read? Critics think so – the novel, "Ordinary Grace," has just been honored with a top national award for mystery novels.

St. Paul author William Kent Krueger beat out five others for this year's Edgar Award. He'll be signing copies of his book May 20 at the Brookdale Library in Brooklyn Center, his website says.

In an interview with the Star Tribune last year, Krueger – known for his best-selling Cork O'Connor mystery book series set in the northern Minnesota woods – recalled memories of small towns in his youth to create the fictional community "Ordinary Grace" takes place in. Here's the Star Tribune's book review.

The Pioneer Press also interviewed Krueger about the book after its release.

Krueger's book has been lauded by several critics, as well as fellow mystery writer Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River").

Presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgar Award is named for legendary author Edgar Allan Poe.

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