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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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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.

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Changed a central character name 10 books in?

Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or Buck Schirner?

Maybe but my interest is waning FAST

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something they pronounce the characters names correctly

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Mis-pronunciation of established character name.

Could you see Vermilion Drift being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

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Narrator disappoints

When a familiar character's name is changed from Mal LOU to Mal LOH it is really upsetting