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A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
  

A Darker Domain

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Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010.

Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 19 February 2009.

McDermid produces yet another gripping, gritty psychological thriller, moving back and forth between the miners strike of the mid 80’s to present day. Two cases with two determined women trying to solve them, it will keep you guessing until the end.

If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Fred Vargas, Jane Casey and Mark Billingham.

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Synopsis

A Darker Domain by Val McDermid

It seemed like an unsolvable mystery at the time: a wealthy heiress and son kidnapped in Fife, then a botched payoff, leaving her dead with no trace of the child. So when, over twenty-five years later, a possible clue is discovered by a journalist in Tuscany, cold case expert DI Karen Pirie doesn't hold much hope of unravelling the infamous enigma. She's already investigating a case from the same year. At the height of the miner's strike, Mick Prentice broke ranks to join 'scab' strike-breakers down south. But new evidence suggests Mick's disappearance may not be as straightforward as that - and Karen's investigations take her into a dark domain of secrets, betrayal and the ultimate violence… Past and present intertwine in a novel of taut psychological suspense that explores the intersection of desire and greed.

Reviews

Praise for Val McDermid's psychological thrillers:

'Absorbing modern mystery… McDermid's mix of historical and literary clues with modern detection is handled with panache' The Times

'One of the world's leading mystery writers…Thomas Harris crossed with Agatha Christie, if you will… a great read' Observer

'A cleverly plotted thriller. It should gain her a crowd of new fans' Guardian

About the Author

Val McDermid

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.

In 2016 Val was awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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Publication date

1st September 2008

Author

Val McDermid

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

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Hardback

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Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780007243297

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