A Darker Domain

September 30, 2008 at 11:43 am 4 comments

I recently picked up a Darker Domain by Val McDermid, and boy was I impressed.   The story takes place in the present day but goes back in time to 1984 to a miner’s strike in Fife.    Mick Prentice was a miner but had left his family, seemingly to become a blackleg scab in one of the Southern towns.   But when detective Karen Pirie begins to look more closely at Mick’s desertion, she begins to wonder if that was what really had happened.   Add that to the fact that there was also a clue discovered in the kidnap of Catriona Maclennan Grant, who was murdered and her son Adam was never recovered from the kidnap.  Catriona’s father, Brodie Grant is a rich and powerful man and will stop at nothing to find a solution to the crime, and hopefully find his grandson who has been missing for over 20 years.   But, he is an unpleasant man to deal with, and wants things done his way on his terms. 

Could Mick’s friend Andy Kerr have a key to the solution?  But Andy supposedly committed suicide years before, but strangely, the body was never discovered. 

Val McDermid does it again with this wonderful tale of mystery.   It sucks you in and keeps you reading and she really is a master at taking several plots and weaving them together into a comprehensive whole.   This is  a great book to settle in with now that the weather is getting cooler. 

Unfortunately, it is only available in the U.K. so it has to be imported for those of us on this side of the pond.  Thank God for Amazon!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doug  |  October 1, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Sounds like a great book. Why the heck would a book only be available in the U.K.? That makes no sense to me.

  • 2. Chris Liits [Sidney Hound]  |  October 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Oh dear, miners strike! I have a bit of a problem with miners. Coming fron the north of England, and, to be a right -wing concertavive is, or was, a bit of a problem. The Coal industry in the UK had held the country / government to ranson since the first world war. The onlt Prime Ministerbwho ever stood up to the miners union was Mrs Thatcher [God bless her]. The dirt diggers went on strike for a year and went on strike with the intention of staying out untill the government caved in [as they had done in the past]. Thanks to God that the “Blessed Margeret” stood firm and thus, bankrupt the mining industry in the UK. The mining industry had held the country to ransome for years [since at least 1916] and it took that long for the govenment to “Fuck” the miners uion off.
    I suppose the down-side for the UK economy is that we now import all of our coal from Hungary, but the up-side is that the nation is not held to ransome by thick, mud-digging arse-holes who have brought several governments to there knees.
    Long live Capitalism!

  • 3. Chris Liits [Sidney Hound]  |  October 1, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Subsequent to the post above, HUGE BIG argument with the new B/F who is Welsh [and comes from a coal mining background], I stand by my tenet inasmuch as the coal diggers have held the country to ransome and they have lost the battle….. fight continuing.

  • 4. Dr. Sparky  |  October 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    ACK! Review some Yankee books, Mate!


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