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By Val McDermid

“[A Darker Domain] combines an exhilarating tale with heartbreaking questions of social justice and history.”
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The New York occasions 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 turn out that it’s actual. Set in Scotland, the milieu of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, McDermid’s fantastic exploration of loyalty and greed intertwines the earlier and current. It was once selected as a New York Times amazing Crime publication of the 12 months and was once a finalist for the Los Angeles instances Book Prize.

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I don’t know that. ” A DA R K E R D O M A I N 43 “Well, we’re here to try to establish what really happened. ” The Mint hastily took out his notebook and flipped it open in a nervous flurry of pages. Maybe Phil had been right about his deficiencies, Karen thought. ” “Michael James Prentice. ” “And you were all living here at the time? ” “Aye. I’ve lived here all my married life. ” “Have you got a photo of Mick you could let us have? ” Jenny went to the sideboard and opened a drawer. ” But too expensive unless there’s a more pressing reason than your grandson’s leukaemia.

Like I said, we hadn’t exactly parted on the best of terms. ” “Aye. Andy Kerr. He was a union official. But he was on the sick from his work. Stress, they said. And they were right. He’d killed himself within the month. I often thought Mick going scabbing was the last straw for Andy. He worshipped Mick. ” Karen prompted her. “That’s right. He had a cottage out in the woods, in the middle of nowhere. He said he liked the peace and quiet. Mick took me out there one time. It gave me the heebie jeebies.

She wanted to get up and pace, but she didn’t want to reveal any lack of composure. Giving up the high ground was not something that had ever come naturally to her. Instead she straightened her jacket, made sure her shirt was tucked in properly, and picked a stray piece of grit from her emerald suede shoes. At last, precisely fifteen minutes after the agreed time, the door opened. The woman who entered in a flurry of tweed and cashmere resembled a school mistress of indeterminate age but one accustomed to exerting discipline over her pupils.

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