When the Atomic Energy Commission puts the Vermilion One Mine on its shortlist of potential sites for storage of nuclear waste, a barrage of protest erupts in Tamarack County, Minnesota, and Cork O’Connor is hired to head security.
His first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room with the remains of six murder victims inside. Five appear to be nearly half a century old - connected to what the media had 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 the darker passages of his family’s past. New threats surface, and unless Cork can unravel the tangled thread of clues quickly, more death is sure to come to Tamarack County.
©2010 William Kent Krueger (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Great mystery and full of suspense. The historic information and the suspense keep you wanting for more. The characters are great. Have recommended Cork O'Connor books to nearly anyone who will listen. This is another of the great stories William Kent Krueger brings to life in the character of Cork O'Connor!
I've read every book in this series, and have now officially grown exhausted. The shape of the story is much like a Ross McDonald novel, with the sins of the past, long buried, surfacing to plague the present. But the story-in-a-story became a self-indulgent family history with a pop psychology float. The repression of memory is unbelievable and takes far to long to work through.
The first books of the O'Connor series were good not so with this one
It seems that Mr Krueger was had some kind of Indian spiritual/mystical experience that is showing up in his recent book in this series. I'm losing interest fast.
Yes, stop reading the series.
I thought that Vermillion Drift was the best so far. William Kent Krueger's story has Cork as a teenager, and then as the man he is - with the relationship with his father intertwined with an on-going investigation; really compelling.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
August 15th I started my first book in the Cork O'Connor series. I am so happy that I gave this series a try. Just when you think that you have things figured out, here comes a curve ball or two or three... William Kent Krueger keeps you guessing. I hope that you give this series a try. Well worth the time and credits.
Mr. Krueger is skilled at his craft, understands the elements of a good story and is able to move between the emotions and cultural friction of the Natives and the white community giving each a voice. This story is well worth reading as have been the other books I have read by this author, this story is suspenseful and the characters are full and believable. I enjoyed this book.
William Kent Krueger never disappoints. I discovered the author with this book and have gone back and am listening to the Cork O'Connor books in order. I was not as fond of the narrator as David Chandler .
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