A Darker Domain
Past and present intertwine in this brilliant exploration of loyalty and greed from bestselling mistress of suspense Val McDermid. Fife, Scotland, 1984. Mick Prentice abandons his family at the height of a politically charged national miners' strike to join the strikebreakers down south.... show more
Past and present intertwine in this brilliant exploration of loyalty and greed from bestselling mistress of suspense Val McDermid. Fife, Scotland, 1984. Mick Prentice abandons his family at the height of a politically charged national miners' strike to join the strikebreakers down south. Despised and disowned by friends and relatives, he is not reported missing until twenty-three years later. Fife, Scotland, 1985. Kidnapped heiress Catriona Maclennan Grant is killed and her baby son vanishes when the ransom payoff goes horribly wrong. In 2008, a tourist in Tuscany stumbles upon dramatic new evidence that reopens the investigation. Already immersed in the Prentice affair, Detective Karen Pirie, newly appointed head of the Cold Case Review Team, wants to make her mark with this second unsolved 1980s mystery. But two decades' worth of secrets are leading Pirie into a dark domain of violence and betrayal—a place darker than any she has previously entered.
Publish date: June 15th 2010
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
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Karen leaned back in her chair, not liking the answer she came up with, but knowing there would be nothing better coming from the man opposite her. ‘You were a right bunch of fucking cowboys in the old days, weren’t you?’ There was no admiration in her tone. I don't know what I expected but I did ...
bookshelves: published-2008, tbr-busting-2014, mystery-thriller, winter-20132014, britain-scotland, fife, fraudio, cold-case, politics, families, period-piece Read from January 26 to February 03, 2014 Description: Karen Pirie is the newly appointed Deputy Inspector of the Cold Case Unit, and he...
This was spoilt, for me, by the unbelievable sink into murderous behaviour by Adam and the unrealistic death of Mike's friend by Cat. The continual back and forth of the story got annoying too. However, said that up to then cleverly plotted and good characterisation.
This is not my favorite Val McDermid book but it is very good. I would stick with her Wire in the Blood series or some of the others that she has written.