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.
(catholic.org, Dec. 17)
Sun Sentinel (MCT) – In “The Finder,” Colin Harrison combines a strong eye for social details and the intricacies of New York City for a novel that is equally literary fiction and mystery.
A scheme in which office cleaners steal a new pharmaceutical company’s paperwork leads to cohesive plot about greed, power and revenge. “The Finder’s” ensemble features characters from every stratum of New York society as well as sharp dialogue and fresh plot twists. Harrison’s original approach makes “The Finder” the top mystery of 2008.
(1) “The Finder.” Colin Harrison. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. A scheme to steal paperwork erupts into a perceptive, thriller about New York life. (more…)
(Clinton Herald, Nov. 18)
CLINTON — “The Minnesota Crime Wave,” a trio of mystery writers, will make a stop at Ashford University Thursday.
William Kent “Iceman” Krueger, Ellen “Murder Most Fowl” Hart and Carl “Sailor” Brookins will present a writers’ workshop from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Regis Conference Room and a “Meet the Authors Crime Wave Program” at 7 p.m. in Ashford’s Mullany Theater.
Sponsored by the Clinton Public Library, the Clinton County Association of Public Libraries and Ashford University, the events are free and open to the public. For more information on the writers’ workshop, contact Kristin Abraham, Assistant Professor of English, at 242-4023, ext. 1310.
About the Writers
In the spring of 2008, the three writers — who have traveled together for eight years promoting their individual novels as “The Minnesota Crime Wave” — began a monthly TV show in Minnesota called “The Minnesota Crime Wave Presents.” Segments are available on YouTube as well as on AOL video. Between them, the members of this “gang” of writers have written 30 crime novels and won more than 16 national and regional awards.
William Krueger has published seven books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, which is set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota. In 2005 and 2006, his novels “Blood Hollow” and “Mercy Falls” received the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year. Released in 2007, “Thunder Bay” won the (more…)