A Darker Domain-Val McDermid

A Darker Domain

Val McDermid

Harper, Feb 2009, $24.95

ISBN 9780061688980


Michelle Gibson informs the Fife Police Department that her father Mick Prentice is missing; no one seems interested.  That changes when she mentions her dad vanished in 1984 during a miners’ strike. The Cold Case Review Team Detective Inspector Karen Pirie decides it is worth an inquiry and learns everyone assumed Mick went to Nottingham to find work as a scab, but never bothered to come back to the Fife area.


Wealthy Sir Broderick Maclennan Grant informs Karen that in 1985 his daughter Catriona and grandson Adam were kidnapped.  He tried to pay the ransom demand, but everything turned ugly; his daughter was murdered and his grandchild vanished.  He never gave up hope of finding Adam.  Karen has two missing persons’ cold cases to solve so family members can have closure.


This interesting Scottish cold case police procedural is filled with plenty of action as DI Price investigates the two missing persons mid 1980s cases.  The story line is fast-paced but lose some momentum and plausibility when the inquiries converge.  Though Dr. Tony Hill takes a needed breather, fans of Val McDermid will enjoy her latest mystery though most will have preferred two separate investigations.


Harriet Klausner


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