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A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

A Darker Domain (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Val McDermid

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Title:A Darker Domain
Authors:Val McDermid
Info:Harper Collins Publ. UK (2009), Perfect Paperback, 392 pages
Collections:Review book, Your library
Tags:British fiction, crime, review book

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A Darker Domain by Val McDermid (2008)


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bookshelves: published-2008, tbr-busting-2014, mystery-thriller, winter-20132014, britain-scotland, fife, fraudio, cold-case, politics, families, period-piece
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Description: Karen Pirie is the newly appointed Deputy Inspector of the Cold Case Unit, and her first investigation takes her 25 years into the past to the national miners' strike. At the time, a kidnapping gone wrong left a small boy missing, but new evidence suggests he might still be alive. As Pirie delves deeper, she realizes the boy's disapperance may be linked to another cold case involving a missing miner.

Having secured a few McDermid titles, I seemed to have kicked off with the wrong one, 'A Darker Domain' held scant interest; nowhere near 'A Place of Execution'.

Was wanting a KAPOW and reaped a fizzle.

Still, it kept me company whilst administering tea, biscuits and aspirins to the sick and needy; dear M has a serious bout of ::Man::Cold::

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  mimal | Feb 3, 2014 |
It was a great listening. Two stories which are related to each other also it wasn't really obvious in the beginning. It's starting with a disappearance of a father who was working as a miner during the miners strike leaving behind a wife and a daughter. The daughter is starting out to search her father's whereabouts twenty years later with the help of the police. On the other hand a very rich baron is looking for his grandson who's disappearance is laying back also twenty years. The scenes are switching between Scotland and Tuscany. The story is very gripping and I couldn't stop the listening. ( )
  Ameise1 | Jun 10, 2013 |
The Big Reveal was pretty obvious from very early on, but she mildly subverted it with a twist at the end. Nicely written but not gripping. ( )
  SChant | Apr 25, 2013 |
DI Karen Pirie investigates two cold cases: a botched kidnapping and a miner missing since the miner's strike in 1984. Past and present are intertwined skillfully. The investigation takes place in Scotland, England and Italy. ( )
  VivienneR | Apr 15, 2012 |
I received this book as a SantaThing gift and I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline! The disappearance of a miner in the 1980s and the kidnapping of an heiress and her son are brought together in various investigative twists, and, while I still prefer the 'Tony Hill' series, I have enjoyed reading about Karen. Far from the the usual psychos and horrific murders in the other series, in here the characters are very much down to earth and likeable. There are no dismembered bodies to speak (much) of and the ending is not what you would call 'happy' but is nearer to what is real in terms of office politics and relationships. Highly recommended. ( )
  soniaandree | Jan 5, 2012 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of Meg and Tom McCall, my maternal grandparents. They showed me love, they taught me about community, and they never forgot the shame of standing in line at a soup kitchen to feed their bairns. Thanks to them, I grew up loving the sea, the woods and the works of Agatha Christie. No small debt.
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McDermid’s latest is a stand-alone set in Fife, Scotland. Detective Inspector Karen Pirie, newly appointed head of the Cold Case squad, has a hard time with desk work, so when a woman reports her father missing and last seen in 1984, Pirie can’t resist. But her boss, a paper pusher known as the Macaroon, wants Karen in the office, at least until Bel, an investigative journalist, turns up new evidence in a 20-year-old heiress kidnap case. As Karen and Bel investigate, friends’ and family members’ memories of the missing people are delivered as flashbacks, resulting in short chapters, multiple viewpoints, and a moderately quick pace. As Karen’s two cases seem to converge, the complex and layered plotlines come together, and McDermid does an excellent job creating tension around a cold case.
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More than twenty years after the 1984 national miners' strike in Scotland, Cold Case Review Team Inspector Karen Pirie stumbles across new evidence that links the cases of a missing strikebreaker and a kidnapping gone wrong.

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