By Val McDermid
“[A Darker Domain] combines an exciting tale with heartbreaking questions of social justice and history.”
The New York instances calls Val McDermid, “As delicate a practitioner of crime fiction as someone out there…the top we’ve got.” Time spent along with her notable mystery, A Darker area, will turn out that it’s actual. Set in Scotland, the milieu of Ian Rankin’s John Rebus, McDermid’s great exploration of loyalty and greed intertwines the previous and current. It was once selected as a New York Times striking Crime ebook of the yr and used to be a finalist for the Los Angeles instances Book Prize.
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But most of them, made cautious by history, had a bit put by. Enough to cover the rent or the mortgage, enough to feed the family and A DA R K E R D O M A I N 49 pay the fuel bills for a couple of months. What had been horrifying was how quickly those scant savings had disappeared. Early on, the union had paid decent money to the men who piled into cars and vans and minibuses to join flying pickets to working pits, power stations, and coking plants. But the police had grown increasingly heavy-handed in making sure the flyers never made it to their destinations, and there was little enthusiasm for paying men for failing to reach their objectives.
It hadn’t been so bad at the start. Since the last wave of strikes in the seventies, the miners had earned good money. They were the kings of the trade union movement—well paid, well organized, and well confident. After all, they’d brought down Ted Heath’s government back then. They were untouchable. And they had the cash to prove it. Some spent up to the hilt—foreign holidays where they could expose their milk-white skin and coal tattoos to the sun, flash cars with expensive stereos, new houses that looked great when they moved in but started to scuff round the edges almost at once.
Aye. I thought he’d went scabbing. To be honest, I wasn’t that sorry to see the back of him. But I was bloody livid that he put that label round our necks. ” She pointed at Karen. “You sound like you’re from round here. ” Karen tipped her head in acknowledgement. ” Jenny looked away. “I don’t know that. ” A DA R K E R D O M A I N 43 “Well, we’re here to try to establish what really happened. ” The Mint hastily took out his notebook and flipped it open in a nervous flurry of pages. Maybe Phil had been right about his deficiencies, Karen thought.