In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #10)

In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #10)

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In a Dark House (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #10) by Deborah Crombie, Michael Deehy

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James return in a chilling and suspenseful tale of murder, kidnapping, madness, and the frightening ordeal of a helpless child, the latest masterwork of crime fiction from New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Deborah Crombie ...

An abandoned warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal abuse, an apparent case of arson. But it is the charred corpse within -- a female body burned beyond all recognition -- combined with the political sensitivity of the case, that entangles Superintendent Duncan Kincaid in its twisted skein.

At the same time, Kincaid's lover and former partner, Gemma James, is coping with twin crises of her own, one personal and the other professional. Gemma must put her private concerns aside to investigate the disappearance of a hospital administrator, a beautiful, emotionally fragile young woman who vanished without a trace. Yet neither Gemma nor Kincaid realizes how closely their cases are connected -- or how important the resolutions will be for a young child who was a victim of parental abduction.

In an old, dark, rambling house, nine-year-old Harriet worries about her feuding mum and dad, her friends, her schoolwork. Most of all, she worries about the strange woman who is her only companion in this scary, unfamiliar place. The events that led her there happened too quickly and are too complicated for a child to fully comprehend. But despite her youth and innocence, Harriet's awful fears will not be silenced: that she may never see her parents again ... and that her own life is in serious peril.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792733423
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Series: Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series , #10
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 7.28(w) x 6.58(h) x 1.58(d)

About the Author

Deborah Crombie is a New York Times bestselling author and a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She now lives in McKinney, Texas, sharing a house that is more than one hundred years old with her husband, three cats, and two German shepherds.

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In a Dark House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deborah Crombie is a superb writer. She gives her characters believability, sensitivity, and the skills of a detective. She keeps you engaged and, at the same time, keeps you guessing. I recommend all her mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title for this installment of the series was very apropos. The story is dark and frightening. There is a sense of fearful energy in the murders and in Emma and Duncan's personal situation. A great addition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good tale spun creatively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all of Debbie Crombie's books. They are beautifully and intelligently written. This is one of the best of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This I could not put down. I read it in two nights. She is a great writer. None of her books have ever disappointed me.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
A fire in the southwest reveals the body of a dead woman, but instead of letting the local police handle the case, Scotland Yard sends Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid to investigate because the warehouse that burned down belonged to MP Michael Harwood. The Victorian warehouse was being renovated by converting it into park flats, but rumors has it that was not succeeding so the fire department is looking for signs of arson. Two people entering the building before the blaze were caught on video; one was Harwood¿s missing daughter Chloe. Also absent is Laura Novak and her child Harriet; however, Harriet¿s father Tony had left her with someone named Beth, an obvious alias. Duncan concentrates on the fire because he thinks a serial arsonist caused the deadly blaze.--- Duncan¿s live-in lover Inspector Gemma James is also in town investigating the disappearance of the roommate of a friend of a friend. Gemma searches for Harriet before time runs out on the child. Neither realizes these two cases connect in a dramatic fashion.--- In addition to all the pressure in their private lives, Duncan and Gemma are also in a custody battle over his son with the lad¿s maternal grandmother who blames the cop for her daughter¿s death and believe the living in sin couple are unfit to raise her grandson. The two parallel police procedural plots are cleverly drawn so that the audience enjoys both, but wonders which of the lovers has chosen the correct path, if either has. Deborah Crombie provides a strong British who-done-it that fans of Val McDermid will appreciate.--- Harriet Klausner