By Val McDermid

ISBN-10: 0061761869

ISBN-13: 9780061761867

“[A Darker Domain] combines an exhilarating tale with heartbreaking questions of social justice and history.”
Seattle Times


The New York instances calls Val McDermid, “As delicate a practitioner of crime fiction as someone out there…the top we’ve got.” Time spent along with her notable mystery, A Darker area, will end up that it’s real. Set in Scotland, the milieu of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, McDermid’s incredible exploration of loyalty and greed intertwines the prior and current. It used to be selected as a New York Times striking Crime booklet of the 12 months and was once a finalist for the Los Angeles occasions Book Prize.

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Mick had pointed out that her increasing size was the perfect excuse to turn Moira down, what with having to buy the bridesmaid’s dress in advance. It wasn’t a suggestion, more an injunction. For although Tom Campbell was by all accounts a decent man and a handsome man and an honest man, he was not a miner. True, he worked at the Lady Charlotte. He went underground in the stomachjuddering cage. He sometimes even got his hands dirty. But he was not a miner. He was a pit deputy. A member of a different union.

She stared down at the floor, her hands clasped tight in her lap. ” 56 Val McDermid Saturday, 15th December 1984; Newton of Wemyss Even in the morning, without the press of bodies to raise the temperature, the Miners’ Welfare Institute was warmer than her house, Jenny noticed as she walked in. Not by much, but enough to be perceptible. It wasn’t the sort of thing that usually caught her attention, but today she was trying to think of anything except the absence of her husband. She stood hesitant for a moment in the entrance hall, trying to decide where to go.

Opposite was a sagging sofa. Judging by the rest of the place, it should have been rotten and filthy, but the dark red upholstery was still relatively clean. She filed the oddity for further consideration. Bel hesitated for a moment. None of her friends, she was sure, would be urging her to penetrate deeper into this strange deserted house. But she had built her career on a reputation for fearlessness. Only she knew how often the image had concealed levels of anxiety and uncertainty that had reduced her to throwing up in gutters and strange toilets.

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