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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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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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By Margaret on 12-20-16

Worst in series.

Good story at start but the twists and turns got silly. The ending was unsatisfying and abrupt. Great narration couldn't save the overall enjoyment.

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