The Resource Vermilion drift, William Kent Krueger

Vermilion drift, William Kent Krueger

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Vermilion drift
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Vermilion drift
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William Kent Krueger
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eng
Summary
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 on 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 a 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 by his father
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  • /* Starred Review */ At the start of Krueger's superlative 10th novel featuring Tamarack County, Minn., PI Cork O'Connor (after Heaven's Keep), mining heir Max Cavanagh hires Cork to trace his missing sister, Lauren, founder of an artists' retreat--and to try to identify the sender of threatening letters to various people connected with Vermilion One, a Cavanaugh family mine, which the U.S. Department of Energy is considering for long-term nuclear waste storage. When Cork and a mine official descend into Vermilion One, they discover six bodies, five of them skeletal, which may be connected with a decades-old unsolved series of crimes known as "the Vanishings," which Cork's father looked into when he was sheriff. The sixth corpse, that of a well-dressed woman, appears to have been in the mine about a week. 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. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 19, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 28, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Conflicted protagonist Cork O'Connor works a case that has disturbing connections to his own family, as well as his past, in Krueger's latest (Heaven's Keep, 2009, etc.). Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor, former sheriff of fictional Tamarack County, Minn., works as a private investigator. His wife, Jo, has died, and his two grown daughters are making their lives elsewhere. His young teenage son is away for the long, hot summer, and Cork has been asked to find mine owner and millionaire Max Cavanaugh's missing sister, Lauren. Lauren is beautiful and blond and has been known to flit from place to place, but she finally ended up in Cork's neck of the woods, where she opened a center for the arts. Now Max says she's vanished and he thinks her disappearance is somehow different this time. Max's unease is bolstered by the animosity generated by a government team surveying one of the mines as a possible repository for nuclear waste. As protesters picket the mine, many involved in the survey are targeted with ominous warning notes printed in a bloody-looking font; in the meantime, Cork suffers from recurring nightmares in which he tries to save his now-dead father, but instead ends up pushing dad to his death. As Cork seeks help deciphering his dream with a longtime family friend, he makes a terrible and unanticipated discovery in a drift, or vertical passage, in the Vermilion One Mine. The discovery opens the door to a new investigation and stirs up powerful demons from Cork's past, including memories he would much rather forget. 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, August 1, 2010)
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364320
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Krueger, William Kent
Dewey number
813/.6
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no index present
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novels
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True
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Cork O'Connor mystery
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0010
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  • O'Connor, Cork
  • Private investigators
  • Murder
  • Sheriffs
  • Fathers and sons
  • Firearms
  • Cold cases (Criminal investigation)
  • Choice (Psychology)
  • Conduct of life
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Minnesota
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Vermilion drift, William Kent Krueger
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24 cm.
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First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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304 pages, 1 unnumbered page
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9781439153871
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2010013258
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Vermilion drift, William Kent Krueger
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Copyright
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24 cm.
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First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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304 pages, 1 unnumbered page
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9781439153871
Lccn
2010013258
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unmediated
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