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For Detective Sergeant Karen Pirie, it's an opportunity to make her mark. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published November 1st by HarperCollins Publishers first published More Details Original Title. Inspector Karen Pirie 2.

Inspector Karen Pirie , Sgt. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Darker Domain , please sign up. Can someone please tell me who Laurel is at the end of the book? We didn't care for that, but the author obviously wanted to tie up that early story hook with a ribbon. Does this book have any supernatural elements to it? Scott No, it does not. See all 4 questions about A Darker Domain…. Lists with This Book.

Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 29, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook. McDermid returns with a novel that gives Karen Pirie the central role she lacked in the series' opening novel.

Now a Detective Inspector with Cold Cases, Pirie is approached by a woman who wishes to report her father missing after twenty-two years. Pirie learns that Mick Prentice was presumed to have left for Nottingham during the miner's strike of , where he worked as a scab.

However, the more Pirie learns, the less likely Prentice appears to be prone to cross the union, no matter his finan McDermid returns with a novel that gives Karen Pirie the central role she lacked in the series' opening novel.

However, the more Pirie learns, the less likely Prentice appears to be prone to cross the union, no matter his financial situation. She agrees to poke around, off the books, already on bad terms with her superior.

When handed a high-profile case, Pirie heads out to meet with Sir Broderick Maclennan Grant, whose daughter and grandson made headlines in the late s. After Catriona Maclennan Grant and her son, Adam, were kidnapped, a group of purported anarchists contacted the family and demanded a significant ransom.

During the ensuing exchange, Catriona was shot and killed, leaving the kidnappers to flee with baby Adam. For the past twenty years, Sir Broderick has been unsure what might have happened to his grandson. Distrusting of the authorities, Grant liaises with a journalist in hopes that she can use her skills to investigate and hopefully crack the case wide open.

Pirie works on a few leads, though both cases seem to be going nowhere. None of the other miners who left Scotland had seen Mick Prentice since heading to Nottingham, though Pirie did uncover proof that life in the Prentice household was anything but peaceful.

This fuels her belief that Mick abandoned his family, though there is no clear lead as to where he might have gone. The Grant cases takes Pirie to Italy, where the kidnappers might have fled with Adam, offering him a new identity and life, wiped clean by the little one's young age. With her superiors breathing down her neck, Pirie pushes forward to piece together the new evidence and offer two families the answers they have lacked for the better part of twenty years.

With all cold cases, answers are sometimes met with frigid responses for all parties involved. Another fabulous novel, chock-full of flashback narrative, that pulls the reader in from the early pages and refuses to let anyone rest before justice is served.

While I did make mention of Pirie's smaller role played in the opening novel, McDermid has changed this by placing her in the middle of these two convoluted cases, which push the authorities to their limits. McDermid build a great plot around numerous well-developed characters, each bringing their own flavour to the story. With two cases running parallel to one another in the narrative, McDermid must juggle all aspects effectively, keeping the story from getting too confusing or bogged down.

As with any narrative dealing with cold cases, use of flashbacks fuels the story and the reader learns much from the use of past and present.

However, McDermid has a means of using varied timelines effectively while not convoluting the larger picture. The reader can confidently navigate the story without losing their way as they seek answers. Additionally, the novel boasts realistic dialogue peppered with colloquialisms and Scottish settings, allowing McDermid to write using what she knows best while delivering a superior product.

Readers will not be let down by this novel, which paves the way for another explosive story to come. Kudos, Madam McDermid for an exciting novel. It kept my attention and had me wondering where you'd take your twists until the very end. View 1 comment. Second in the Karen Pirie series, this was much better than the first. Karen is front and center of this book. I now know her better, and I like her.

Most of this book takes place in , with Karen and Phil Parhatka working two cold cases. A mother and her infant are kidnapped in and the child has never been found. Anoth Second in the Karen Pirie series, this was much better than the first. I really liked how McDermid transitioned from to and back. There are no chapters per se; there are sections with breaks, and their length varies.

In when people are speaking of their memories, the next section immediately goes back to the past where the characters, even deceased characters, relate events as if they were current time. McDermid also does not wrap the ending up in a pretty package with a bow on it. As I neared the end, I had to pay close attention to details. I had to read some sections two or three times to be clear on what was happening, to make sense of the evidence, and to understand relationships.

And that final half-page section had me researching back in the story. I believe McDermid understands her readers are astute enough to figure some things out for themselves. I will definitely be reading the third book, and soon. View all 10 comments. Dec 12, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: challenge. The book can be read as a standalone.

Miners' families had no heat, no food, and no hope. In desperation, a few blacklegs scabs went south to work in the mines of Nottingham, England. The scabs were sc 3. The scabs were scorned and despised by Newton townspeople, and the families they left behind were vilified. Jump ahead to and Misha's little son Luke is dying from leukemia and in dire need of a blood marrow transplant.

Unable to find a compatible donor among local family members, Misha tries to locate her father So after 22 years Misha goes to the police and declares Mick Prentice a missing person. Detective Inspector Karen Pirie, a cold case cop who tends to go her own way, dives into the inquiry. However she has to hide this from her disapproving boss, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Lees - who's been nicknamed 'The Macaroon' and considered a 'numpty' bit of a fool.

ACC Lees doesn't want to spend money on this old case, and his interactions with Karen are the funniest parts of the book. Karen is soon assigned an additional cold case. More than two decades ago an heiress named Catriona Maclennan Grant and her infant son Adam were kidnapped.

Catriona's father, Sir Broderick Maclennan Grant, agreed to pay a huge ransom, but the handover went wrong.


A Darker Domain

When Michelle Gibson reports her father, Mick Prentice, missing at the start of McDermid's intricate but underwhelming stand-alone psychological thriller, Det. Karen Pirie, head of the Fife police Cold Case Review Team, isn't interested until Michelle reveals that Mick disappeared during the miners' strike. Later, Karen is summoned to the home of wealthy Sir Broderick Maclennan Grant, whose daughter, Catriona, and baby grandson, Adam, were abducted in A botched ransom hand-off left Catriona dead and Adam nowhere to be found. New evidence linked to the kidnapping has surfaced, and now Karen has two missing people to locate. McDermid tries to pack too much story into one book, and the connection she draws between the cases feels forced.


Past and present intertwine in a novel of taut psychological suspense that explores the intersection of desire and greed. Read an extract…. A cleverly plotted thriller. It should gain her a crowd of new fans.

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