A Darker Domain

By Val McDermid
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061688997, 355pp.)

Publication Date: June 2010

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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 betrayala place darker than any she has previously entered.




About the Author
VAL MCDERMID is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty-five crime novels. She has won the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other awards; her novels have been selected as New York Times Notable Books and have been Edgar Award finalists. She was the 2010 recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Crime Writing. In 2011, she received the Pioneer Award at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has been published in forty countries, and more than twelve million copies of her books have been sold around the world. She lives in Edinburgh.

Web: valmcdermid.com

Facebook: Val McDermid

Twitter: @valmcdermid




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  1. The investigation into Mick Prentice’s disappearance is opened after his daughter, Misha, attempts to track down living family as a bone marrow match for her son. Would you seek out a family member who had abandoned you in order to help your child? Would you take it to the police in the way that Misha brought her search? 

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