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.
Deep in the Vermilion Drift mine during his first day on the job as a security consultant, 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. Time is running out, and unless Cork can unravel the tangled thread of clues quickly, more death is sure to come.