Vermilion Drift (Cork O'Connor Series #10)

Vermilion Drift (Cork O'Connor Series #10)

by William Kent Krueger

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ISBN-13: 9781439153871
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Cork O'Connor Series , #10
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 70,388
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His latest novel, This Tender Land, will be published in September 2019. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.

Read an Excerpt

PROLOGUE

Some nights, Corcoran O’Connor dreams his father’s death.

Although the dream differs in the details, it always follows the same general pattern: His father falls from a great height. Sometimes he stumbles backward over a precipice, his face an explosion of surprise. Or he’s climbing a high, flat face of rock and, just as he reaches for the top, loses his grip and, in falling, appears both perplexed and angry. Or he steps into an empty elevator shaft, expecting a floor that is not there, and looks skyward with astonishment as the darkness swallows him.

In the dream Cork is always a boy. He’s always very near and reaches out to save his father, but his arm is too short, his hand too small. Always, his father is lost to him, and Cork stands alone and heartbroken.

If that was all of it, if that was the end of the nightmare, it probably wouldn’t haunt him in quite the way that it does. But the true end is a horrific vision that jars Cork awake every time. In the dream, he relives the dream, and in that dream revisited something changes. Not only is he near his father as the end occurs but he also stands outside the dream watching it unfold, a distanced witness to himself and to all that unfolds. And what he sees from that uninvolved perspective delivers a horrible shock. For his hand, in reaching out, not only fails to save his father. It is his small hand, in fact, that shoves him to his death.

© 2010 William Kent Krueger

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Vermilion Drift includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author William Kent Krueger. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



Introduction

On the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, private investigator Cork O’Connor has his hands full protecting a client’s mining company from protesters angry at its plan to store nuclear waste. But then a local socialite disappears and a secret mine tunnel unearths a collection of bodies that have been dead for decades, and things get more complicated. Suddenly O’Connor finds himself involved in a murder investigation that stretches back to a previous generation, which leads to surprising discoveries about his own family history.



Questions and Topics for Discussion

1. The prologue begins with O’Connor’s dream of pushing his father to his death. Why did the author begin the story this way? What did this recurring dream foreshadow in the story?

2. Cork O’Connor, in his mid-fifties, is a tough-nosed guy not afraid to ask hard questions. But how does his tack change in dealing with missing Lauren Cavanaugh as compared to the investigation of the bodies in the mine?

3. Does O’Connor consider himself part of the Anishinaabe tribe? If so, why is he so calm when he’s threatened and despised by Isaiah Broom and other members of the tribe?

4. Was O’Connor a traitor, as some felt, for working as a security consultant at the mine? Though he was friends with mine employees, they were looking for a place to store nuclear waste, which upset many. How would you have felt? Would you protect the mine, even if you disagreed with what they were working on?

5. O’Connor is well versed in the history of the Iron Range and his hometown. How does that inform how he handles the case and the people involved? What examples show how his insider knowledge helped him uncover aspects of the case?

6. What was your initial reaction to Derek Huff, the artist living at Lauren Cavanaugh’s artists’ retreat? What were your first thoughts about their possible relationship? Did it turn out to be correct?

7. Why was Ophelia so protective of Lauren and her living quarters? If she was just an employee of the artists’ commune, why was she concerned?

8. With O’Connor’s wife dead and his children away from home, what is his view of Aurora, his hometown? Consider this in context to his words, “And of what value, in the end, was a memory?” (page 61).

9. Henry Meloux is coy about helping O’Connor; why isn’t he more forthright in helping O’Connor understand the history of the Vanishings? What lesson is he trying to teach?

10. What is the importance of O’Connor’s mother’s journals? Why did someone go through the trouble of tearing out pages, and why was that information so important?

11. O’Connor often thinks of his father, and in many ways appears to be very much like him. How are his policework and personal beliefs affected by his father? How did his view of his dad change after he learned about his knowledge of the Vanishings?

12. Meloux described Indigo Broom and Monique Cavanaugh as people without souls, who had no choice but to be evil. What do you think of that philosophy? Did these people have a choice to do what was right, or were they destined for evil?

13. What are your feelings about the relationship between Max and Lauren? If she was so difficult to deal with, why was he so willing to help?



Enhance Your Book Club

1. Have you ever seen an iron mine? Do some research about them or go and visit one nearby. Could you handle going half a mile underground?

2. Like Hattie Stillday and some of the other artists at the retreat, use your skills to shoot some landscape scenes from your neighborhood.

3. O’Connor learns a lot about his family’s own past in the story. Did anyone in your family keep a journal? If so, see what stories you can glean from your family’s history. If not, why not start writing your own?

4. O’Connor enjoyed nothing more than having a cold Leinenkugel’s beer to end the day. Tip back a cold one as you discuss the story.





A Conversation with William Kent Krueger

Where did you get the idea for this story? Does any of it come from real events?

For a very long time, I’ve wanted to write a story that would allow me to highlight the unique history and culture of the area in northern Minnesota known as the Iron Range. I’ve also wanted to explore more significantly than I have in the past Cork’s relationship with his mother and father. These were the people who shaped the man Cork O’Connor has become. and I wanted to know more about them.

So, these ideas were part of the inspiration. The other part came from a scary but real possibility facing the Iron Range in the early 1990s. For a very brief period, there was significant interest in using the Soudan underground ,ine in Tower, Minnesota, as a site for storage of nuclear waste. Fortunately the idea was scrapped, but I resurrected the situation for Vermilion Drift.



You did a lot of research about the Iron Range and mining. How much time did you actually spend in the mines Vermillion Drift was based on?

With any book, I begin first with a good deal of reading research. Vermilion Drift was no exception. I read everything I could about iron mining on the Range, both underground and in pits. But this kind of research can take you only so far. When I had what I thought was a good grasp of the generalities of iron mining, I made arrangements for a private tour of the Soudan mine, an abandoned underground iron mine that has become a Minnesota state park. I spent most of a morning touring the lowest level of that mine, an experience that gave me a greater appreciation and admiration for the men who spent their lives extracting iron in near-dark conditions. Over the years, I’ve visited the open-pit mines on the Range a number of times, but I was glad finally to have an opportunity to study them more carefully, with an eye to including them in the story.



Your main character resides in Minnesota; why do you choose to focus your novels on this part of America? Is that because that’s where you currently live? Would you consider writing a book set in another location?

The primary reason I set my work in northern Minnesota is because it’s one of the most intriguing and beautiful areas I know. I love this part of the country. The land is amazing, all forest and fresh water and dramatic geology. The people are a wild mix of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. The politics are independent and all over the place. Before I began the Cork O’Connor series, I’d tried writing about other settings, without much success. I’m certain that my love of the North Country is a significant element in what makes my writing come alive.



A large part of the novel is the relationship between the Anishinaabeg and local people. How closely do the novel’s events compare to that of real life?

The Anishinaabeg, or Ojibwe, have always been at odds, one way or another, with the white community in Minnesota. Over the years, they’ve suffered greatly at the hands of greedy land grabbers and shady politicians. They constantly battle to maintain the rights granted them in treaties. And they battle as well the stereotypes about native people that a lot of whites still believe in. As a result, there’s often mistrust between the two groups, white and Ojibwe. The tense and often tenuous relationship I try to portray isn’t fiction.



The novel discusses bad spirits, sweat lodges, and other parts of Indian tradition. Do you indentify at all with those beliefs?

I’d be a damned fool not to believe in the possibilities.



On your website you talk about a number of blue-collar jobs you’ve had over the years, as well as run-ins with police as a college student. How do those events color your writing, especially when it comes to Cork O’Connor?

In my wild and wildly antiauthoritarian youth, I believed, as did many who came of age in the turbulent 1960s, that cops were brutal, mindless enforcers of unjust laws. Thank God that the years since have mellowed me and given me a broader perspective. In my research for the books, I’ve talked to a lot of men and women in law enforcement. They have been, without exception, bright, dedicated, and skilled in their work. As a result, I try to bring to my stories a wiser sensibility about the people who enter this difficult, very necessary profession. As for Cork himself, he’s a down-to-earth kind of guy, and in many ways he reflects the respect I gained for working stiffs during all those years I was one myself.



Now that you’re a full-time writer, were there things you preferred about having a regular job and writing on the side?

Not a single one that I can think of. This is the best job ever!



You blogged about rereading your own work and how you viewed it years later. How did that process affect you and your writing style?

This is going to sound awful and egotistic, but here it goes. What I discovered on rereading was that I’m a pretty good storyteller. I didn’t have major issues with how the books were structured or the language I used in telling the tales. Mostly, I came away with a realization that I can rely on my instincts as a storyteller and my skills as a writer. I wish I could say that this has made the writing easier. The truth is that when I sit down to write a new book in the series, I still feel a little inadequate to the task.



Where do you see Cork going from here? He seems so lonely now that his family is gone—do you see him breaking out of that? How?

The book on which I’m currently at work, the next novel in the series, is titled Northwest Angle. It brings Cork’s family together again in a dangerous situation that threatens the safety of them all. There is a central event in this story that will change the direction of the series in a way that excites me no end. I think readers will be excited, too. That’s all I can tell you at this point.



What projects are you working on now?

In addition to Northwest Angle, I’m working on a non-series novel that I hope to have ready within the next year. I’d rather not say anything more about this piece, except that in my opinion it’s some of the best writing I’ve ever done.

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Vermilion Drift (Cork O'Connor Series #10) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Carl80 More than 1 year ago
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 mean that the characters demonstrate multiple levels of engagement, and the story itself works on more than one level. Almost every character who appears in the book is involved in the story in more than one way. Some of their levels are casual or socially related, such as what may be routinely expected of law officers in Tamarack County, the Northern Minnesota location of this novel. Other characters, Henry Meloux, for example and other Native Americans; Sam Wintermoon, appears, and of course, Cork's mother and his father, Liam, all have, at different times, visceral involvement in the story. The problem, if there is one, is that this story is much more a novel of family and community relationships than it is a novel of suspense, or crime, horrific and awful though the crimes were. Death is always the ultimate judge, from whom there is no appeal. So, in my view, the problem is one of balance, or perhaps of categorization. The involvement of Cork O'Connor, now a private investigator, alone in Aurora, is mostly one of self-examination. The novel is one of Cork's journey of discovery. What was the meaning of his occasional nightmares? What were the issues that consumed and separated the O'Connor family in those last fateful months of Liam O'Connor's life? The novel begins with Cork once again at odds with his Ojibwe heritage. His mother, remember, was a member of the tribe. He's hired by the owners of the Vermilion One and Ladyslipper mines to deal with threats against the mine. But then he's also tasked to try to locate a missing woman, sister of the mine owner. Lauren Cavanaugh has gone missing. Finding the missing woman opens a window on old unsolved crimes from a previous generation, from a time when Cork's father was the sheriff of Tamarack County. Sorting through old albums, records and memories, fresh and repressed, takes up the body of the novel As with all of this author's previous novels, the explanation is logical, satisfying and meaningful. Krueger, as always, is skillful in evoking the landscape, not just its physical self, but its atmosphere, its mystical presence and its influences on the people who reside there. In the end, this thoughtful exploration of law, truth and justice and their profound influences on all of us is a highly successful emotionally moving effort.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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 will damage the environment, but things get suddenly much worse when while searching the mine tunnel known as Vermilion Drift, he discovers six bodies, five of whom have been dead for over forty years, but one is the body of a woman he had just been hired to find. Even worse, two of the bodies were killed by a bullet that came from Cork's gun, the one he inherited from his father, another former Tamarack County sheriff. While there is lots of history in this superb mystery, it's not necessary to have read the previous books in the series (although after reading this, I certainly want to), because Krueger expertly weaves Cork's personal history with that of the town. He has a different personality from most detectives; while he does have the usual tendency of going rogue, he's more interested in talking to people and discovering truth than he is meting out personal justice. There are lots of twists and turns as well as red herrings to keep readers guessing and second guessing, and the resolution is satisfying and provides some long-term healing for Cork. Vermilion Drift is suspenseful without being overtly violent, and intelligent without being pretentious. It's a literary mystery with a stand-out hero.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Mining heir Max Cavanagh hires Tamarack County, Minnesota private investigator Cork O'Connor to find his missing sister, Lauren. She established an artists' retreat so Cork starts there. He also looks into who is threatening people involved in the Cavanagh Vermilion One mine that U.S. Department of Energy evaluates as a potential nuclear waste storage site.---------------------------- Cork and a mine official descend into the Vermilion One mine where they find five skeletons and a fresh corpse. The quintet is probably the remains of the 1964 "the Vanishings" that Cork's father Liam as county sheriff unsuccessfully investigated. The sixth body buried in the mine for about a week is that of a well-dressed woman, who Cork assumes is Lauren.-------------- The tenth Cork Minnesota investigative thriller (see Red Knife and Heaven's Keep) is a terrific whodunit as a homicidal cold case of the hero's father merges with a present day murder. The whodunit is well written hooking the readers early on with trying to find the connection between the deaths over four decades apart. With a bit of Native American mysticism enhancing the plot, fans will appreciate this strong regional mystery.------------ Harriet Klausner
jilliemc More than 1 year ago
Vermilion Drift is just one of the series that I could hardly put down. I have become enthralled with Cork and his family, his history, his career ups and downs, his personal challenges. The setting, Northern Minnesota, is beautifully described, to the point when you can feel the air and hear the sounds.
nbmars on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is the tenth book in a series involving detective Corcoran ¿Cork¿ O¿Connor of Tamarack County, Minnesota, but I have never read any of his books prior to this one. It turned out not to matter at all; this book stands alone with no problem. You learn quite a bit about iron mining in this suspense/mystery, as well as about the local Ojibwe concerns and customs, and I really liked that. I feel ¿guilty¿ enough as it is just reading a murder mystery, but when I can learn something from it, I feel better.The [fictional] Vermilion One Iron Mine near where O¿Connor lives is being investigated as a potential site for nuclear waste disposal. [Indian Country has often been considered for hazardous waste sites. The poverty and political disenfranchisement of Native Americans make them more tempting targets than more politically astute and well-funded constituencies.] Protestors at the mine site seem dangerous. Several mining officials have received threatening notes. And now Lauren Cavanaugh, sister of Max, who runs the mine, is missing. Max contacts Cork, an old friend, to ask him to help find her. It turns out he does, along with five other bodies.Cork is a retired county sheriff and is now a private investigator. He¿s a widower with three grown children, and is alone except for the family dog. He is also part Ojibwe. The current sheriff, Marsha Dross, asks him to work for her to help solve the murders; his contacts among the Ojibwe will help greatly. Eventually Cork is able to solve both mysteries: not only the recent murder of Lauren but the older killings as well. In the course of doing so, however, he requires help from an Ojibwe Medicine Man named Henry Meloux, who, well past ninety years old, has helped out Cork all his life.Evaluation: The suspense level isn¿t particularly high in this book, but I enjoyed it for all of its other positive attributes. I liked the way Krueger was able to portray the emotional state of a man suddenly adrift in life with his wife and children gone. I found the Ojibwe customs interesting, and I really liked learning about mining in a very non-technical way as well.
PermaSwooned on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is the tenth in a series about P.I. "Cork" O'Connor. I'm surprised I haven't cone across any of the previous 9, since I like mysteries. I especially enjoyed this book because of the info on iron-ore mining in Minnesota. My grandfather worked on the Mahoning Mine on the Mesabi Range near Hibbing, Minnesota back in the day. I visited that mine and heard stories about the mining operation when I was growing up. I know all about the large number of immigrants there....mostly Scandanavian and Irish (as am I), but heard almost nothing of the Native Americans in the area. Not surprising, I suppose, for that time. It was a good story, although I figured out the killer fairly early on. I do think that the revelations at the end would have been discovered much, much earlier in Cork's life. Some disconnects for me, but overall a good story.
mikedraper on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Former sheriff, Cork O'Connor is hired to find Lauren Cavanaugh by her brother, Max. Max is the owner of the Great North Mining Co. and Vermillion One is one of their deepest mines. It is being considered for a dumping site for nuclear waste. This is causing heated protests from the locals.After meeting with Max, Cork is asked to look at something spray painted on the inside wall of the mine, "We die, you die." Since no one saw the person who did the spray-painting, Cork knew that there must be another enterance to the mine.When he looks for this other enterance, he finds a secret room with six dead bodies. Five of them have been there for years but one has recently been placed there. This reminds Cork of The Vanishings.In 1964, two teenage Indian American women disappeared, then a rich white woman disappeared also. This white woman was Monique Cavanaugh, Lauren's mother.In a story deep with Indian folk lore, Cork speaks to his ancient friend, Henry Meloux. Despite advancing age, Henry can sense things. He tells Cork that there is unrest in the reservation and tells Cork who to speak to in order to identify the other two bodies found in the mind.It is interesting that Cork's father was the sheriff when The Vanishings took place. It creates a moral dilemma for Cork to consider if his father was involved with the missing women. Then, Cork makes another discovery that brings the case even closer to him.As always with William Kent Krueger, there are details about the Ojibwe Indian culture and beliefs. Cork is realistically described and the story is told as if the pieces were put together like parts of a menu that is eventually laid out for the reader to learn and be entertained by its rich detail.
maneekuhi on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Vermilion Drift is the 10th book in Wm. Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series and the first I've read; I enjoyed it thoroughly and I highly recommend it. Here's a few reasons why - A very interesting plot, having to do with a five unsolved murders 40 years ago and a current murder, with a number of links between them. I like Cork - he is one of the few flawed, non-alcoholic investigators I've encountered in crime fiction. The setting is very interesting, the iron mining region of northern Minnesota, and there are great descriptions of mine drifts far below ground, as well as scenes in the deep and sometimes ominous forest; I felt I learned a lot about both without being preached to. There are great descriptions of place throughout the book, whether it's a neighbor's cluttered lawn or an arts center wreaking of "bad medicine". The pace of the story is quick; I was constantly changing viewpoint on the identity of the perpetrator(s). There is good description of the ethnic mix of the region, encompassing the Ojibwe and numerous European immigrant communities, and candor regarding where whites and Indians trust and respect each other today, and where they don't. The only problem I had with the book was with one of the most likeable characters, Henry, an Indian elder - but he's the all-knowing, mystical guru who can even erase memory. A bit too much for me, but I am a bit of a cynic. I've read other western crime fiction, including Hillerman, Johnson, Box, Pearson, and I prefer Krueger's book to them all.
techeditor on LibraryThing 21 days ago
VERMILION DRIFT by William Kent Krueger is not a formulaic thriller. But it sure is a mystery/thriller.In this book, Cork O¿Connor is a private investigator hired to find the person leaving threatening messages for various people involved in the use of a former mine for the storage of nuclear waste. One of those men also hires Cork to find his sister. So Cork is doing both jobs at once. But this doesn¿t last long. She is found, along with the skeletal remains of five other people, in a hidden area of the mine, the Vermilion Drift.Now it is Cork¿s job not only to learn who is leaving the messages but, also, to help find the person or people who murdered five people 40 years ago (as determined by a forensic anthropologist) and one person a week ago. At first, some mysteries, like whose bones have been there for 40 years, unravel quickly. But did the same person or people kill all six people, the five in 1964 and the one more recently? Do the protest and the protesters outside the mine have anything to do with the recent murder? How are the older murders and the recent murder connected? Why do four of the skeletal remains belong to Indians while one belongs to a white woman who was the mother of the sixth murder victim? Could Cork¿s own gun, the gun that was his father¿s when he was county sheriff 40 years ago, have been the murder weapon? Why are certain pages cut from Cork¿s mother¿s 40-year-old journal? These are some of the mysteries Cork must solve. This is one book in a series about Cork O¿Connor, but it doesn¿t seem necessary to read the series in order. Krueger explains that Cork¿s wife was murdered a year ago; his children are adults now, scattered to various parts of the country; he is part Indian, and his past and present jobs have been and are involved with Indians and the local Indian reservation (the ¿rez¿); and, like his father, he used to be county sheriff. That¿s explanation enough.VERMILION DRIFT is a thriller, with stories within stories within stories and with the answer to one question leading to more questions. It¿s better than most bestselling thrillers because it¿s not formulaic as so many thrillers are. It is character-driven.Only one criticism: the old Indian Henry. He knows so much yet will speak only in riddles throughout the book. And Cork reveres him. He just goes along with Henry¿s evasiveness and his sometimes corny Indian traditions and rituals that act like pauses in elements of the story that might have been more thrilling. Even so, readers will enjoy and appreciate this nonformulaic thriller. My criticism is debatable.
jastbrown on LibraryThing 21 days ago
William Kent Kreuger's mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor seemed, in my mind, to start out relatively slowly. I felt that it wasn't until his fourth or fifth book that he really hit his stride. I'm very thankful that I had bought up his complete series before beginning to read them (based on an enthusiastic review I read of a later book).. otherwise I might have given up on the series early on and missed some really great stories. And in hindsight even the early books have a great deal to offer. The novels are set in rural, northern Minnesota for the most part with the action shifting to The U.P. of Michigan in one story and to Wyoming in another. Mr. Kreuger gives Cork O'Connor a family life that is anything but 'storybook'. From one end to the other this is a loving, but modern family, with real life modern problems that they do manage to get resolved. Fairly early in the series, the stories begin increasingly encompassing Cork's and his family's Native American connection to good advantage!This is a very good and satisfying series which I gobbled up faster and faster towards the end. Now I have to sit and eagerly await the next Cork O'Connor adventure. This is a series where the books could be read as stand alones, but for maximum enjoyment I would strongly recommend reading them in the order that they were written.
CandyH on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Vermilion Drift is another excellent mystery by William Kent Kruegar. Cork O'Conner becomes involved in the mystery of finding a missing woman which leads to finding bodies of individuals who were missing years ago. The details of iron ore mining could be boring, but the author did a great job of keeping the reader interested in the details of mining. The twist and turns and the Ojibwe Indian lore and legend are just fascinating. What a great story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have yet to read one of these books I have not been able to put down. They remind me of CJ Box series that I also can 'the get enough of. Keep writing them Mr Krueger and I will keep reading them.
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I'm reading all William Kent Krueger's books. Cork O'Connor is a great character. I've recommended these to a friend and now she's hooked, too. These books are of interest to men and women. Start with the first title and read in order.
John_F48 More than 1 year ago
This story spins the past of Cork with the present in a masterful way. Several famillies are involved with varying degrees knowledge of the past which affects the way they deal with the world. Some are angry at the world because of anceint child abuse, others live with it better, and Cork has terrible dreams that he does not understand. In the end a sociopathic sister has died and is placed with some dead from forty years before the current events in an unused portion of an Iron-Ore mine that is being considered for a radio-active waste site. The story resolves around a largely discounted idea of the bad seed and the survivors coming to terms with their history.
book_lover5454 More than 1 year ago
I have read the first ten of the Cork O'Connor series, and have really enjoyed them. I like the characters and the locale. This book was a little darker than the previous ones. I'm don't like for things to get too gruesome, I'm hoping the next book is a little lighter.
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After the seismic shift in series mythology in #9, I was curious to see how Krueger would deal with Cork's "new normal". In this entry, themes taken from today's headlines regarding environmentalists are juxtaposed to the mysteries of multiple murders from decades before. Cork must face his own family's deep secrets; buried as deep in his own mind as the tunnels far beneath the earth from mining operations. Krueger, once again, peels away another layer of what makes his protagonist tick.
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Spell binding
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