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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.

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Another Great Cork O'Connor Mystery!!

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!

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more than enough

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.

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  • Lori
  • Kuna, ID, United States
  • 05-14-16

Henry who?

You can't change the way a character's name is pronounced 10 books into a series, Very distracting to hear Henry's name pronounced "wrong" each time

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  • Stevon
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 07-14-18

Minnesota history lesson with CO mystery

One thing you learn in this Cork O'Connor mystery is part of the history of Minnesota. About the iron ranges of northern Minnesota and how European settlers, mainly Scandinavian, came there as miners, at least until the mines played out.

This book stays right around northern Minnesota and those iron ranges. It goes back to a series of murders 40 years prior along with current day mysteries and delves into Cork's dad and mom as well as relating to the close ties with the locals.

If you've made it this far in the Cork O'Connor series, this fits right in with the rest of them. Emjoy

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Always a treat !

This series by W Krueger has fascinated me for a while. I was worried that with evolution of the characters, there could come a redundancy of some sort or lack of surprising development... But not at all! Always a well written, respecting the reader in his intelligence by not forging easy ways out...
This goes also for the romantic avenues that could be exploited.. cleverly managed. And the soft mystic spirit out of it is refreshing and beautifully rendered. Thanks to M. Krueger for his well done research behind all the writing :)

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Enjoyed the story, but it was a little hard to fol

at times with so many strange names this story was a little hard to follow.

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Another well done story

Story kept me guessing most of the way through. Some of the characters are now old friends because I have listened to several of this series

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Why?????

Why a reader or for that matter an author would change a very important characters name in the middle of a series is just completely beyond understanding,,,,just plain stupid!!!

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Not my favorite of WKK.

I’ve really enjoyed this series by WKK but a big part of this story line I was really disappointed in. Knowing Cork through the all the other books this is just too much in my mind. As a stand alone book it’d be very good.

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Another must read

seems like the further I get into this series, the better the writing and plot lines get. Definitely evolving the characters.