A real page-turner and another McDermid triumph. They look offended when I laugh. Then I explain. And they get it.
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Shelves: challenge 3. The book can be read as a standalone. In desperation, a few blacklegs scabs went south to work in the mines of Nottingham, England. The scabs were 3. The scabs were scorned and despised by Newton townspeople, and the families they left behind were vilified.
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. 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.
In the confusion Catriona was killed, the kidnappers escaped, and baby Adam disappeared. Now, plus years later, a freelance journalist named Bel Richmond is vacationing in Italy when she happens upon a clue to the Catriona kidnapping. The journalist parlays her discovery into an interview with the reclusive Sir Broderick Maclennan Grant, who reports the clue to the cops and insists that DI Pirie handle the case.
Grant also asks Bel to secretly gather more information in Tuscany Bel readily agrees to go, hoping to get a book deal - or even a movie - out of the whole business. They also ask the Nottingham police to interview the scabs who settled there years before.
As the investigations proceed new information and discoveries come to light regarding both inquiries. To say much more would give away spoilers. As the investigations into the two cold cases proceed some readers may think they know how things will turn out
A Darker Domain