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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author Val McDermid offers up a suspense-filled stand-alone novel with A Darker Domain. 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.
©2008 Val McDermid (P)2008 W.F. Howes, Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"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. Sure to be a hit with McDermid’s large fan base, it should also appeal to those who read other Scottish police mysteries, such as Stuart MacBride’s." ( Booklist)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 08-29-15

Bone Dry Cold Case Storytelling

I found this book so boring I just gave up. Many characters were so poorly defined and developed that it was hard to keep the names and backgrounds straight. Very little storytelling--but rather endless police detective interviews. After a while I found I couldn't care less. So much so that when I fell asleep I didn't even want to go back and find the spot where I had dropped off. That's when I knew that I had had enough and needed to return the title. Only recommended for diehard police procedural lovers--those who don't mind being talked at about the story rather than having it played out in action, character behavior and activity. Slow.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 01-10-17

DI Pirie Didn't Quite Get Her Man

What??? I hated the ending. It just ended with no preamble or explanation. Case solved I guess. I love the writing style of Val McDermid and this book was very complex with lots of plot lines. There is the search for the missing miner from 1984 requested by his daughter who is seeking a match to save the life of her young son. Her father might be a match if he can be found. Mick Prentice has been missing since 1984. Then there's the query by Sir Brody seeking information about his kidnapped grandson from 1984. After Bel, an investigative reporter looking for her big break, finds a puppet poster she recognizes as the same kind of poster used by kidnappers in the Brody kidnapping, Sir Brody asks her to help him research the location where she found this new evidence and determine if it is relevant. Each chapter jumps from 2007, the date of the current events, back to 1984 and the happenings of the two missing people. It is quite intriguing and has the reader captured BUT then Sir Brody withdraws his quest from the police and tells DI Pirie to cease and desist, and she goes ballistic. She tries to figure out how to continue without being in conflict with his request. There is much in this story to like and right up to the end I was hoping for a final resolution. But, it seems that the author got to the end and then decided she was just tired of writing. Another chapter would have been appropriate I think. the book ended with a big question mark. Maybe the next book will put the final touches on this mystery BUT leaving the reader hanging doesn't work for me. So 4 stars. The narrator was excellent and I'll keep reading McDermid. She is a terrific mystery writer. Narrator Ellidh Fraser was excellent with her Scottish accent.

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