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Two Outstanding Authors

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A Darker Domain
by Val McDermid

This superb new psychological thriller from bestselling author Val McDermid mixes fiction with one of the most exceptional moments in recent history – the national miners’ strike.

It seemed 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 straightforward. Karen's investigations take her into a dark domain.

The Author
Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community until being accepted to Oxford at only 17. She was a journalist for sixteen years but now writes full time, winning international acclaim and a number of prestigious awards. Her crime thrillers have been adapted for the television series Wire in the Blood starring, Robson Green and Hermione Norris. She divides her time between South Manchester and Northumberland and has a son and three cats.

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The Point of Rescue
by Sophie Hannah

Sally Thorning is watching the news with her husband when she hears a name she never thought she’d hear again: Mark Bretherick.

It’s a name she ought not to recognise. Last year, a work trip Sally had planned was cancelled at the last minute. Desperate for a break from her busy life juggling her job and a young family, Sally didn’t tell her husband that the trip had fallen through. Instead, she treated herself to a secret holiday in a remote hotel. All she wanted was a bit of peace – some time to herself – but it didn’t work out that way. Because Sally met a man – Mark Bretherick.

All the details are the same: where he lives, his job, his wife Geraldine and daughter Lucy. Except that the photograph on the news is of a man Sally has never seen before. And Geraldine and Lucy Bretherick are both dead....

'The Point of Rescue’ is a compelling and disquieting story, told with the author’s usual panache'
Daily Telegraph

The Author
Following the success and critical acclaim of both Little Face and Hurting Distance, this is Sophie Hannah’s third psychological thriller. As an award winning short story writer and poet, her work is studied at school and degree level across the UK and has been a fellow at both Cambridge and Oxford. She now lives in Yorkshire with a young family.

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