A Darker Domain, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Val McDermid, creator of TV's Wire in the Blood, mixes fact with fiction, dealing with one of the most important and symbolic moments in recent history.

Twenty-five years ago, the daughter of the richest man in Scotland and her baby son were kidnapped and held to ransom.

But Catriona Grant ended up dead and little Adam's fate has remained a mystery ever since.

When a new clue is discovered in a deserted Tuscan villa - along with grisly evidence of a recent murder - cold case expert DI Karen Pirie is assigned to follow the trail.

She's already working a case from the same year. During the Miners' Strike of 1984, pit worker Mick Prentice vanished.

He was presumed to have broken ranks and fled south with other 'scabs'...but Karen finds that the reported events of that night don't add up.

Where did he really go? And is there a link to the Grant mystery? The truth is stranger - and far darker - than fiction.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007243310



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I really like thrillers of this kind - where a case is investigated many years after it happened. I manage to still be surprised if a rather central character of a book, and a likeable at that, is killed off - this only happens in European thrillers, never American is my experience. And I like it, I feel like it's more honest to let the story progress like that and not have someone come to the rescure at the last minute.I thought the story gave an intersting insight into scottish mining communities and the strike. I read up some more information afterwards on Wikipedia as well to get some background. I like how the puzzle pieces of the two stories slowly come together, even if the setting of detective against her stubborn, clueless, spineless superior officer is a bit old.Thanks so much for sending this to me, GingerWhinger, I really appreciated it. A perfect summer read!

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