By Val McDermid
“[A Darker Domain] combines an exhilarating tale with heartbreaking questions of social justice and history.”
The New York occasions calls Val McDermid, “As gentle a practitioner of crime fiction as somebody out there…the top we’ve got.” Time spent together with her striking mystery, A Darker area, will turn out 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 used to be selected as a New York Times impressive Crime ebook of the yr and was once a finalist for the Los Angeles instances Book Prize.
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Especially now that Harry was teetering on the edge of teenage existential angst. So this year, even more than in the past, the holiday had to be special, to outdo what had gone before. It was hard to imagine how they could improve on this, she thought as she emerged from the trees and turned into a field of sunflowers preparing to burst into bloom. She speeded up a little as she made her way along the margin, her nose twitching at the aromatic perfume of the greenery. There was nothing she’d change about the villa, no fault she could find with the informal gardens and fruit trees that surrounded the loggia and the pool.
But for now, it still had the power to bewitch. She picked her way across the crumbling courtyard, passing cracked terracotta pots lying askew, the herbs they’d contained sprawling and springing free, spicing the air with their fragrances. She pushed against a heavy door made of wooden planks hanging from a single hinge. The wood screeched against an uneven floor of herringbone brick, but it opened wide enough for Bel to enter a large room without squeezing. Her first impression was of grime and neglect.
She needed to talk to someone and, of all her companions, Lisa was least likely to turn her revelations into dinner party gossip. A human rights lawyer whose compassion and feminism seemed as ineluctable as every breath she took, Lisa would understand the potential of the discovery Bel thought she had made. And her right to handle it as she saw fit. Lisa dragged her eyes away from the newspaper, distracted by the unfamiliar heave of Bel’s breath. “My God,” she said. ” Bel put the poster down on a chair and leaned over, hands on knees, dragging breath into her lungs, regretting those secret, stolen cigarettes.
A Darker Domain by Val McDermid