A Darker Domain : Karen Pirie

  • by Val McDermid
  • Narrated by Eilidh Fraser
  • Series: Karen Pirie
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Sara "Avid Reader"

A pleasant surprise

The book itself is very good; it centers on a reporter and a British police officer solving a 20 year old killing and kidnapping.

The mysteries aren't particularly mysterious, but the whole story is very engaging and interesting, and the narration is excellent.
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- Rachelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2010
  • Publisher: Recorded Books