- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (June 7 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439153876
- ISBN-13: 978-1439153871
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #551,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Cork O’Connor…is one of those hometown heroes you rarely see…someone so decent and true, he might restore his town’s battered faith in the old values.” —"The New York Times Book Review"
"As always, Krueger’s writing couples the best of literary and commercial fiction, with intelligent, well-defined characters populating the story. Although the book contains violence, the author never makes it extraneous or graphic. He is one of those rare writers who manage to keep the suspense alive until the final page. Krueger fans will find a feast in between these covers, and for those who have yet to sample his fine and evocative writing, the book offers a complex yet completely believable plot, all tied up in words sharpened by one of the modern masters of the craft." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred)
“One of today’s automatic buy-today-read-tonight series. Thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless, Krueger hits the sweet spot every time.” —Lee Child
“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.” —"Publishers Weekly" (starred)
“There’s a reason why William Kent Krueger is known as a writer’s writer. His stories are works of art, literary wonders that beautifully capture a sense of place while they deliver a powerful emotional punch.” —Tess Gerritsen
"The surprise ending makes this novel a worthwhile find." --"People "(3 stars)
"Can a writer keep getting better and better? Minnesotan William Kent Krueger surely can, as shown by "Vermilion Drift", 10th in his award-winning series featuring former Sheriff Cork O'Connor." --"St. Paul Pioneer Press"
"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." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred)
"There's a reason why William Kent Krueger is known as a writer's writer. His stories are works of art, literary wonders that beautifully capture a sense of place while they deliver a powerful emotional punch." --Tess Gerritsen
"Cork O'Connor...is one of those hometown heroes you rarely see...someone so decent and true, he might restore his town's battered faith in the old values." --"The New York Times Book Review"
About the Author
William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.
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Max Cavanagh owns several mines, one of which is being studied by the Department of Energy as a possible site to store nuclear waste. In addition to protests causing Cavanagh worry, his sister, Lauren, has gone missing. Cork, hired to find her, does so but she is not alone. He locates her body in, what had been a closed off section of the mine, among five skeletons. The five skeletons are those of women known as 'The Vanishings' who had disappeared decades ago, and two of the bodies contain bullets fired from the gun of Cork's late father.
Recently, I was involved in a discussion of prologues and how many of us are either annoyed by them or ignore them completely. It takes a writer as skilled as Krueger to write a prologue which contains an important thread which runs through the story. This is not a prologue to ignore.
Krueger has become one of my favorite authors. His skill with description take what could be a fairly ordinary scene, but instead comes alive with clear, visual images. We are able to go where the author takes us and be a part of that which is described to us. Even from those scenes where we might prefer to look away, we can't. That doesn't mean he is graphically violent; he's not. It is more that we feel the emotion of the scene and, thereby, understand it.
Because I read first for character is another reason why Krueger's writing appeals to me. He creates dimensional, interesting, relatable characters. I'll admit I wasn't particularly happy with the events of the previous book, 'Heaven's Keep,' but the transition to this book has been very effectively and tastefully handled and I now understand the purpose of those events. Cork's heritage is half Irish, responsible for his impatience and occasional anger, and half Ojibwa, which connects him to the people on the reservation, Indian history, and my favorite character Henry Meloux. It also provides the link to the mystical element in each book.
Before you walk away saying 'I don't like woo-woo,' wait. Mysticism and the spirit world are part of the Indian culture. They are also part--along with several other themes including that of what do we really know of our parents and the definition of evil--of what takes this book, and this series, beyond the normal and elevates it into something that makes you stop, think and consider.
Krueger is a very fine author who knows how to create characters, write dialogue, set a scene and, most of all, develop a plot. The story continually builds upon itself. It's a twisty road filled complete with suspense, emotion and startling revelations. I despise the cliché of 'If you've not read this author yet, read him now,' yet that is the way I feel. Even if you don't, be assured I shall be reading his next book as soon as it comes out.
VERMILION DRIFT (PI-Cork O'Connor-Minnesota-Cont) ' Ex
Krueger, William Kent ' 10th in series
Atria, ©2010, ARC ' Hardcover ISBN: 9781439153840
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In the course of determining the mine's suitability, an inspection team comes upon a room, seemingly blocked by a cave-in, which contains the remains of several bodies. Most are very old, but one has been recently deposited. This not only makes the room a crime scene but also implies a hidden entrance somewhere, and Cork is called in by the County sheriff to investigate. Matters become personal for Cork when ballistic analysis shows that the fatal bullet in the recent body and one retrieved from one of the old corpses could both have come from a gun Cork's father owned years ago; one which Cork has kept securely hidden ever since his death. It is now missing.
The rest of the tale deals not only with the bodies, all of which date back to what had became known as "The Vanishings", but also with Cork's feelings about his father. Could he have somehow been involved? Henry Meloux, the Objibwe shaman and Cork's good friend, is now over 90 and getting quite frail, but Cork hastens to him to find out what he knows. Henry is maddeningly vague, as always, but with the aid of a session in a sweat lodge and his own detective work Cork comes to understand what actually happened.
What we have here is not an ordinary cops-and-robbers, but rather a crime story mixed in with a study of grief. It is a kind of transitional work in the Cork O'Connor series, and no less interesting therefore, but it may not be to everyone's taste.
Cork is hired to find the sister of a prominent town resident. But before he can begin to look in earnest the body of the recently deceased woman is found along with the remains of women who disappeared forty years ago. "The Vanishings" as the disappearances were know were investigated by Cork's father - the sheriff at the time. The story twists here - the recent murder and one of the earlier victims were both killed with the same gun, the service revolver which belonged to Cork's father and one he carried as well when he was in law enforcement. And Cork's long time friend, Henry Meloux seems to have a truth he will not share. Is that truth that Cork's father was not the man he thought him to be?
As in all Krueger books there is a large dose of Ojibwe facts and Iron Range history. The author manages to weave the Indian nation and physical beauty of the region seamlessly into the narrative.
The book is a straightforward fast read - I would agree with one reviewer, several things were too conveniently answered. Good book and if you are a Cork O'Connor fan - not to be missed.