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Vermilion Drift (Cork O'Connor #10)

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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 pr
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Atria Books (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Sharon Chase I like to read books that are in a series in order; however, Mr. Krueger does review briefly certain backgrounds to keep the reader informed. It's all…moreI like to read books that are in a series in order; however, Mr. Krueger does review briefly certain backgrounds to keep the reader informed. It's all a preference I guess. (less)
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Carl Brookins
Mar 10, 2011 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Authors of crime fiction, like authors working in any other genre, often use their talents to work through personal issues, sometimes intensely private issues. Although it is not entirely clear, the writer may be working through some family issues with this novel. Does that matter?

Perhaps. That depends on the result. In this case, the author, possessed of well-honed, significant writing talent, has produced a novel of finely wrought proportions, multi-layered with considerable depth. By that I m
May 12, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the continuing story of Cork O'Connor's life, this book finds him stopped at a crossroads. He is at a loss and has to decide which direction he must take. Before that can happen, Cork's past catches up. He learns things about his childhood and his family that must be understood before he can move on. This was an excellent addition to the series, and I'm anxious to see what happens next.
Clockstein Lockstein
Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger is the tenth book in the Cork O'Connor series. Cork is still recovering after his wife Jo's murder and is feeling a bit lost as all of his three children are far from home. No longer sheriff of Tamarack County, Minnesota, he's now a private investigator, hired to look into threats against an old iron mine that the government is considering as storage for nuclear waste. The local Ojibwa consider him to be betraying his own blood by working on a case that wi ...more
May 28, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely enjoyable read - one of those that is surprisingly quick because the author's style is very narrative and approachable -- the kind of book you read out of pure pleasure for a story well told, with just enough twists to keep you interested. Although Krueger mentions in the author's notes that he took some liberties with geography, I feel like I learned a bit about a part of the country, and a way of life that I scarcely knew existed.

The hero's balancing act between the world of the mod
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 09, 2014 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of William Kent Krueger and his Cork O'Conner series. This is the 10th installment to that series and Krueger continues to spin fascinating tales.

This one starts out kind of slow. Maybe it was the description of the mining of iron ore in northern Minnesota that drug for me. The first 100 pages were not up to Krueger's normal fare. He certainly makes up for it in the final 100 pages though. Krueger hits on the actions of a diabolical killer and abuser from Cork's past. Cork has to
Dec 30, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cork O'Connor is contacted by the owner of a huge iron ore mining site to help locating his sister. Shortly after starting his investigation Cork is made aware of some writings on one of the mines shafts so he arranges with one of the managers to check it out. During the trip through a mine tunnel he finds a portion of wall that has been made impassable, they clear the blockage and find a group of bodies. It is discovered these bodies went back many years to a series of women who just disappeare ...more
Linda Branich
Cork O'Connor, former city cop local sheriff, and now PI, is hired by Max Cavanaugh, the owner of the iron mines in the area, to
find his missing sister. At the same time, protests are going on to prevent Max and the government from using an old mine us as storage for nuclear waste. The majority of the protesters are Native Americans from the reservation right next to the mines.

Written threats begin to turn up, and when Cork discovers an old hidden and closed up tunnel with several bodies in it,
Former sheriff Cork O'Connor is hired to look for Lauren Cavanaugh by her brother, Max. Cork is reluctant to take the case because he is still numb after his wife's murder. However, he eventually accepts the case.

Max owns the Great North Mining Company and tells Cork that his sister his been missing for a week.

One of the deepest mines in the company is Vermilion One. It is being considered as a dumping site for nuclear waste and is causing heated protests among the locals.

After meeting with mine
Oct 16, 2010 S.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Cork O’Connor is now a P.I. and hired to locate Lauren Cavanaugh, the sister of Max Cavanaugh who owns the Vermillion mine. The Department of Energy is scoping out the mine as a possible storage place for nuclear waste which has the Natives protesting. When six bodies are found in a closed section of the mine, it is discovered that one is a current death and could be Lauren. What complicates matters is that both Lauren and one victim who died in 1964, were killed by the same gun, Cork’s gun, one ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Okay, I'm officially a Krueger fan! This was my first Krueger book that I picked up after some great reviews I read and I must admit, I was fascinated from page 1. The writing is superb - fast-paced, suspenseful, the perfect recipe for some good ol' mystery reading! Read it in 2 days. What I'm finding I love from a good mystery writer is that the story isn't dumbed down like so many mysteries are today. The writing here is witty, filled with clever puns and well-hidden (or not) irony. ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Dorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction

Another great entry in the series. This one covers a serial killer who was active over 40 years ago when Cork was a teenager. The disappearances of his victims were known as "The Vanishings". Now Cork has discovered where the bodies are, and there is a new victim.

This book was really different in that Cork was living alone, which hasn't been the case since 'Iron Mountain', the first book in the series. I liked the fact that he was
Jun 18, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good and well written novel, the author does a good job of developing the series following the previous novel. The plot provides very interesting background to Cork's parents and as always fascinating insight into current and prevous customs / traditions of Native American Ojibwe group. Well recommended.
Dec 10, 2010 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In mining a vertical tunnel is called a "sink" and a horizontal tunnel is a "drift". This is an iron ore min in Minnesota that is being considered for nuclear waste storage. The Ojibwe tribe is up in arms. When graffiti is discovered inside the mine, PI Cork is asked to look for a second entrance. During this trip he finds 4 ancient corpses and 1 fresh one. His investigation takes him back to the time when his father was sheriff there. Could his father have known something about this? During Cor ...more
Emily Cullen
Jun 20, 2015 Emily Cullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Corcoran O'Connor mystery/thriller series by William Kent Krueger. All of his books are great but this story really had my attention. I highly recommend the entire series.
Phil Griffin
Jun 26, 2016 Phil Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery with a twist I did not see coming.
Philip Mizener
Jun 30, 2015 Philip Mizener rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful , jarring, life-affirming story ! 'In every human being there are two wolves. One wolf is 'Love' , from which all that is good in life comes: generosity, forgiveness, acceptance, peace. Then there is 'Fear' , which creates all that is destructive: greed, hatred, prejudice, violence. These two are always fighting....Which one wins, Love or Fear?...It is the one you feed, always the one you feed' ( from pp. 269 and 297 ). The sense of place – the mining town, the woods, the people ( nat ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best of William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor mysteries. There is a lot of back story about Cork's relationship with his father, Liam O'Connor, which is fascinating. The mystery involves the murder of 5 women, one current and the other 4, decades old - The Vanishings - disappearances that Cork's father never resolved in his time as sheriff. The community of Aurora is disturbed by the possibility of an old Mine (the Vermilion Drift) being used for nuclear waste storage. In this ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May be the best Cork O'Connor mystery yet! An artful blend of a current murder tale in Tamarack County blended with family history and memory of horrific events from 40+ years ago.

Picked up a signed copy at the Plainview Public Library where William Kent Krueger was speaking as part of SELCO's fall author tour of Minnesota Book Award (MNBA) winners. Vermillion Drift had just made the New York Times best seller list and I hope this will put in in the running for another MNBA award.
Feb 10, 2016 annapi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, how many more rabbits can this author pull out of his magic hat? Just when I think he can't come up with another astounding story, he does just that.

The Vermillion One Mine in Tamarack County is being considered as a site to dump nuclear waste, and the Ojibwe are understandably protesting against it. When Cork is hired by the mine's owner Max Cavanaugh to find his missing sister Lauren, the natives accuse him of working for the enemy. But when Cork finds her body and five others in an
Nov 13, 2015 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Kent Krueger is the best storyteller ever. All of his books are so engaging and full of surprises. This book has a touch of the supernatural which makes the story even more intriguing. The characters are well developed and you can feel their emotions. It was another definite page turner and the ending did not disappoint but left me wanting more. I will be reading the next in the series very soon.
Sep 24, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read these Cork O'Connor books in order. I enjoy them all. Cork is a complicated man. He is half White and half Ojibwe Indian in Minnesota. He lives near the Ojibwe reservation and being of mixed race is a mixed blessing and curse. Cork is the former sheriff, but is now a private investigator. He can relate to the Ojibwe, but they don't always trust him. Same for the White population. But Cork walks the line with dignity and wisdom. In this book he is asked to help an old iron ore mine th ...more
Jun 26, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Vermillion Drift at the library's used book sale because I had loved Krueger's coming of age novel Ordinary Grace. I had forgotten that Krueger is primarily a writer of mysteries and while Vermillion Drift was my first Krueger mystery, it is the tenth in the Cork O'Conner series. If mystery is your go to genre, you might want to start with Iron Lake and work your way through to #16, Manitou Canyon.

For me not having any backstory wasn't a problem, Vermillion Drift worked fine as a st
Sandi Willis
Jul 30, 2016 Sandi Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in Minnesota around the Iron Ring area where they used to mine the iron ore. When the government wants to use a closed iron mine to store nuclear waste things start happening, one being a protest. When graffiti is found in a mine, Cork O'Connor, the protagonist, starts a search to see how someone got into the mine without being seen. When he and Lou Haddad search the old mine plans they find a drift (a mining term) that was not shown on newer maps. When they enter this drift the ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first William Kent Krueger book I read in his series about Corcoran O’Connor and although it's the 10th book in the series, you can read them in any order (except for Copper River which is a continuation of Mercy Falls). I'm not a mystery buff, but I was browsing at the library and the title caught me and when I read the jacket I decided to try it. After a couple of books I did start at the beginning though, so as to have some sense of the chronology of his life/family.
It takes place
Apr 03, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book after a big event that happened in the previous Corcoran O'Connor mystery series, Heaven's Keep, and I have to confess, it was not one of my favorites. It felt like Krueger was trying to find his stride again while moving forward as if nothing had changed, simultaneously, and the vibe just felt off. The mystery was an intriguing one, an age-old mystery that resurfaced. For that alone, it was an enjoyable read, but the rest of it felt uneven and plodding to me. I'm confide ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vermillion Drift is the 10th entry in William Kent Krueger's Corky O'Connor series. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this series. It keeps getting better and better. This installment has a melancholy tone as Corky is dealing with empty nest syndrome and also looking at secrets from his boyhood past.

Mr. Krueger combines the elements of a 40 year old cold case with a new murder in a setting with a controversial nuclear disposal program. His writing is fresh, inviting and completely caries
Aug 16, 2015 Babs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
I did enjoy this book. William Kent Krueger has become one of my favorite authors. Vermilion Drift gave us a look into the life of young Cork unlocking things that have bothered him all his life. He was confused, even disappointed with the way his father the sheriff of Tamarack County back then seemed to handle a murder case they called The Vanishing. Cork's search for truth and clarity opened the door to much evil in the present day when it seems the murders of The Vanishing were somehow connec ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Jacque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome book from William Kent Krueger.
Oct 20, 2015 teatotaller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
I am really rolling through the titles here. Krueger is impressing me with the power of his writing.

The storyline is complicated and I take 1 star off because I think while Krueger explains everything for Cork O'Connor and the reader that there is no way everyone else in the county or the media would stop asking basic questions that would bring out all the secrets that they want to keep hidden in the end.

You really need to have read Heaven's Keep to see that this is also part of the aftermath.
Mar 15, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series

Vermillion Drift is the first Cork O'Connor book after the unexpected death of Cork's wife Jo. His two daughters are no longer living at home and his son is out west on a ranch for the summer. Cork is slowly coming to grips with a changed life. To make the adjustment more difficult Cork has begun to have nightmares that revolve around his father's death. His investigating business is doing wel
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Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for ...more
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