Vermilion Drift

Vermilion Drift

William Kent Krueger
Mystery
Atria Books, 2010 
Hardcover, 304 pages
$25.00

Krueger’s series of superb Cork O’Connor murder mysteries have typically been set and played out in the forests, lakes, small towns and reservations of the North Woods and Ojibway Country. The ninth of the series, Heaven’s Keep, went further afield as the action occurred high in the Rocky Mountain west. The tenth, Vermillion Drift, goes deep rather than wide and finds O’Connor drilling down into the depths of the Iron Range mining legacy - both the physical ravages and the human corruption. As usual, the characters are unique and well-defined and the writing is both literary and accessible. One could begin Krueger’s oeuvre with Iron Lake, his first, or with Vermillion Drift and then start over at the beginning of the series.