A Darker Domain (Karen Pirie Series #1)

A Darker Domain (Karen Pirie Series #1)

by Val McDermid

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Overview

A New York Times Notable Crime Book of the Year • A Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize

“[A Darker Domain] combines a thrilling story with heartbreaking questions of social justice and history.” —Seattle Times

The New York Times calls Val McDermid, “As smooth a practitioner of crime fiction as anyone out there…the best we’ve got.” Time spent with her extraordinary thriller, A Darker Domain, will prove that it’s true. Set in Scotland, the milieu of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, McDermid’s brilliant exploration of loyalty and greed intertwines the past and present.

Editorial Reviews

Connecticut Post

A DARKER DOMAIN is a prime example of a crime novel that manages to encompass politics, sexual relations and social changes as it examines two unsolved crimes of the mid-1980s. . . . McDermid digs into the two cold cases through a pair of terrific investigators.

Booklist

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.

Booklist

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.

USA Today

McDermid pulls us deeply into the lives of the victims and their families. . . . Pirie is a complicated heroine made all the more appealing by her everywoman demeanor.

(Mystery of the Month) - BookPage

"Multifaceted and relentlessly gripping. . . . McDermid advances each of the storylines separately until they are so intertwined that it becomes impossible to separate them, the intrigue mounting with each page turned."

South Florida Sun Sentinel

McDermid keeps the suspense high as she also delivers an emotionally wrenching story about people abandoned by those they trust the most.

Romantic Times

This renowned Scottish writer’s fascinating new book is dark, less violent than some previous titles and heartbreakingly vivid. Its greatest strength is its depiction of the horrendous miners’ strike of the mid-1980s. . . . This is a wonderfully written book you can’t put down.

Mystery Scene

Gripping and intense. . . . A strong, suspenseful psychological thriller. . . . McDermid pulls together these disparate cases with the aplomb and skill that will remind readers of her masterpiece, A Place of Execution. McDermid takes us into the heart of a mining community where unity meant survival.

USA Today

McDermid pulls us deeply into the lives of the victims and their families. . . . Pirie is a complicated heroine made all the more appealing by her everywoman demeanor.

BookPage (Mystery of the Month)

Multifaceted and relentlessly gripping. . . . McDermid advances each of the storylines separately until they are so intertwined that it becomes impossible to separate them, the intrigue mounting with each page turned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061688997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Series: Karen Pirie Series , #1
Pages: 355
Sales rank: 132,452
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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