Vermilion Drift

Vermilion Drift

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Some nights, Corcoran O'Connor dreams his fathe's death.William Kent Krueger's gripping tale of suspense begins with a recurring nightmare, a gun, and a wound in the earth so deep and horrific that it has a name: Vermilion Drift. When the Department of Energy puts an underground iron mine on its short list of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork is hired as a security consultant. Deep in the mine during his first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims. Five appear to be nearly half a century old; connected to what the media once dubbed "The Vanishings," a series of unsolved disappearances in the summer of 1964, when Cork's father was sheriff in Tamarack County. But the sixth has been dead less than a week. What's worse, two of the bodies; including the most recent victim; were killed using Cork's own gun, one handed down to him from his father. As Cork searches for answers, he must dig into his own past and that of his father, a well-respected man who harbored a ghastly truth. Time is running out, however. New threats surface, and unless Cork can unravel the tangled thread of clues quickly, more death is sure to come.Vermilion Driftis a powerful novel, filled with all the mystery and suspense for which Krueger has won so many awards. A poignant portrayal of the complexities of family life, it's also a sobering reminder that even those closest to our hearts can house the darkest and deadliest of secrets.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781439153840
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 24 cm.

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LizzieCent
Oct 24, 2016

A worthy successor to C.J. Box's Joe Pickett, and just like the Joe Pickett novels, the books need to be listened to on Playaway to appreciate the nuances of the Minnesota and Ojibwe accents.

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charlie2911
Jun 06, 2012

The 11 th book in Krueger's 'Cork O' Connor' series. An excellent story of current events and a series of gruesome killings. Indian lore, great characters and a very believable story. His last 4 books have been really gripping and this is as good as any

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deRougemont
Nov 09, 2011

Vermilion Drift is William Kent Krueger's best book to date... and that is saying a lot. Pacing, plot, characters, relationships, incredibly rich local colour - these are all trademarks of Krueger's series about Cork O'Connor and small town northern Minnesota.

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