Murder, iron and family secrets mix to make for a sweet read.

Each day leading up to the April 16 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today, we feature 2011 Genre Fiction finalist:

Vermillion Drift
William Kent Krueger
Atria/Simon & Schuster
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An Excerpt from Vermillion Drift:

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.

Hired as a security consultant for an underground iron mine project, Cork O’Connor stumbles across a secret room that contains the remains of six murder victims. As Cork searches for answers, he must dig into his own past and that of his father, a well-respected man who harbored a ghastly truth.


William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of ten Cork O’Connor novels. He has previously won four Minnesota Book Awards.


“Cork O’Connor…is one of those hometown heroes you rarely see…someone so decent and true, he might restore his town’s battered faith in the old values.” – The New York Times Book Review.

“Can a writer keep getting better and better? Minnesotan William Kent Krueger surely can, as shown by Vermilion Drift.” – Pioneer Press

“One of today’s automatic buy-today-read-tonight series. Thoughtful but suspenseful, fast but lasting, contemporary but strangely timeless, Krueger hits the sweet spot every time.” – Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series.


Krueger takes on topics ranging from his books to family life on his blog, Kent’s Rants.


The author discusses his book in an interview with

The Minnesota Book Awards created video interviews with the Award-winning authors at Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) studios. William Kent Krueger won for Genre Fiction two years in a row:

And catch the re-run of Kent’s episode of “Prized Writers – Plotting Mysteries” on TPT MN Channel, Sunday April 18 at 8:30 p.m. Click here for more info. >>


Award winners will be announced at the 23rd Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Saint Paul. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Few tickets remain, tickets are $45 and are now only available by calling 651-222-3242. Click here for more information about the gala this Saturday.

Have you read Vermillion Drift? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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