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Starred Review. At the start of Krueger's superlative 10th novel featuring Tamarack County, Minn., PI Cork O'Connor (after Heaven's Keep), mining heir Max Cavanagh hires Cork to trace his missing sister, Lauren, founder of an artists' retreat--and to try to identify the sender of threatening letters to various people connected with Vermilion One, a Cavanaugh family mine, which the U.S. Department of Energy is considering for long-term nuclear waste storage. When Cork and a mine official descend into Vermilion One, they discover six bodies, five of them skeletal, which may be connected with a decades-old unsolved series of crimes known as "the Vanishings," which Cork's father looked into when he was sheriff. The sixth corpse, that of a well-dressed woman, appears to have been in the mine about a week. Rock-solid prose combines with effective characterizations and a logical if complex plot for a thrilling read. This book succeeds on every level and ought to attract the author a deservingly wide readership.
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ISBN-10:  1439153841
ISBN-13:  978-1439153840
Author:  William Kent Krueger
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher:  Atria
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review by . January 15, 2011
Former sheriff Cork O'Connor his hired to look for Lauren Cavanaugh by her brother, Max. Max is the owner of the Great North Mining Company and Vermilion One is one of the deepest mines. It is being considered as a site for nuclear waste. This is causing heated protests among the locals.      After meeting with other mining officials, Max shows Cork a spot in Vermilion One where someone has spray-painted "We die, You Die." Since no one saw the person who did the …
review by . September 08, 2010
Kent Krueger's newest book in the Cork O'Connor series---Vermilion Drift---is one of those novels that bring out not just the love of a good mystery, but a searching for self message that all of us can relate to.     We see Cork in his element wanting to solve a mystery about some puzzling deaths, but it ends up bringing him full circle with his own demons that he has been grappling with.    Answers in life are not always easy to find or accept, but in order …
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