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Publisher's Summary

Some nights, Corcoran O'Connor dreams his father'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 Drift is 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.

©2010 William Kent Krueger (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Creepy and satisfying. Carefully keep track of the different characters. Love Cork O’Connor. Vulnerable yet capable.

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A chilling story

That explains a lot about Cork O’Connor’s mindset and values. A mystery wrapped in an enigma that ultimately provides a satisfactory conclusion. I think you’ll like this one.

David Chandler is excellent as usual. I’m so used to listening to him narrate CJ Box’s Joe Picket stories that at first i was almost waiting for him to say “yup” as a reply to a question as Joe Pickett often does. But it’s clear Cork O’Connor is not Joe Pickett although they appear to,share many similarities. Would not mind seeing a collaboration where the two team up to solve a mystery together.

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great listen

this was one of favorites in the series. I liked hearing more about Corks backstory

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Another non stop listen

This series has captured me like no other. The progression of the family thru time and the issues it raises for Mr OC, the wisdom of Henry, the conflict of white and native Americans are all done so well I never want the books to end. The characters are so real is like looking thru a window into a friends life.
Love all the books in this series

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The best one yet!

This was a fascinating back story which explained a lot about Cork and his parents. I throughly enjoyed this one!!!

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the best one yet

I really hated Heavens Keep and the outcomes in that plot. The Vermilion Drift made up for all of it.

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Great book, great moral

The two fighting wolves symbolize love and fear. The answer to which one wins, according to Henry Meloux, is the one you feed…

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Good Book

Another good book in the Corcoran O'Conner series. I'm ready for the next book!!

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Wonderful

I can’t wait for the next installment of the Cork O’Connor series. Best of the best.

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  • Kaye Rowe
  • 01-03-22

Vermilion Drift by William Kent Kruger

I have really enjoyed the 10th story of Corcoran O’Connor. I will continue listening and reading more books in the series.