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I'm slowly getting the routines re-established around here, and one of those is a bit of a report on the book I'm currently reading.  I confess I snatched this one of MtTBR because I felt like I needed a visit with an old friend who writes thrillers, crime fiction, mystery fiction - whatever you want to call it, better than most.  A DARKER DOMAIN is set partly in a mining village of the author's own childhood, built around the Miners Strikes in the early 80's.  Thus far the book is absolutely fantastic.

From the Blurb:

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 miners' 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 finds herself drawn into a dark domain of secrets, betrayal and murder...

Opening Lines:

Wednesday 23rd January 1985:  Newton of Wemyss

The voice is soft, like the darkness that encloses them.  'You ready?'

'As ready as I'll ever be.'

'You've told her what to do?'  Words tumbling now, tripping over each other, a single stumble of sounds.

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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 unraveling the infamous enigma.

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Submitted by Karen on Wed, 14/01/2009 - 07:15 pm