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 a person out there…the top we’ve got.” Time spent together 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 magnificent exploration of loyalty and greed intertwines the earlier and current. It was once selected as a New York Times striking Crime publication of the 12 months and used to be a finalist for the Los Angeles occasions Book Prize.

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Jenny took out an immaculate black leather album and brought it back to the chair. When she opened it, the covers creaked. Even upside down and from the other side of the room, Karen could see it was a wedding album. Jenny quickly turned past the formal wedding shots to a pocket at the back, thickly stuffed with snaps. She pulled out a bundle and flicked through them. She paused at a couple, then finally settled on one. She handed Karen a rectangular picture. It showed the heads and shoulders of two young men grinning at the camera, corners of the beer glasses in shot as they toasted the photographer.

These women were all successful, all private sources she could count on to smooth her path from time to time. But still, that wasn’t the main reason this holiday was so important to her. Partners had A DA R K E R D O M A I N 29 come and gone, but these friends had been constant. In a world where you were measured by your last headline, it felt good to have a refuge where none of that mattered. Where she was appreciated simply because the group enjoyed themselves more with her than without her. They’d all known each other long enough to forgive each other’s faults, to accept each other’s politics, and to say what would be unsayable in any other company.

It didn’t hurt that Tom’s presence reminded her of happier times. Somehow, when he was there, she felt a sense of possibility again. She saw herself reflected in his eyes, and it was as a younger woman, a woman who had ambitions for her life to be different. So although she knew it would annoy Mick, Jenny was happy for Tom to sit at her kitchen table and talk. He drew a limp but heavy parcel from his pocket. ” he said, his brow creasing in anxiety. “My sister-in-law, she brought it over from her family’s farm in Ireland.

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