Format Hardcover
Publication Date 01/10/17
ISBN 9781681773049
Trim Size / Pages 8.6 x 5.9 in / 416

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Dead Gone

A Novel

Luca Veste

In a terrifying trip into the darkest corners of psychology, Detectives Murphy and Rossi rush to catch a serial killer who is stalking a university in Liverpool, ingeniously murdering his victims in a series of deadly experiments.

Detectives David Murphy and Laura Rossi are charged with the investigation of the murder of a student at the City of Liverpool University. Attached to her body is a letter from her killer, which details a famous unethical psychological experiment—an experiment that the killer had replicated on the victim, resulting in her death. Convinced at first that the murderer is someone close to the victim, Murphy and Rossi dismiss the letter as a bid to throw them off the scent—until more bodies are found, each with their own letter attached.

When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the university, the detectives realize they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before—one who doesn’t just want his victims’ bodies, but their minds as well. As they rush to prevent any more deaths, they are forced to delve into the darkest channels of psychological research in an attempt to understand the motives of the madman.

Luca Veste was the editor of the Spinetingler Award-nominated charity anthology Off The Record and co-editor of True Brit Grit. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and two young daughters.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Craftily plotted. Veste keeps this gritty procedural moving through the shocking final revelations. ” Publishers Weekly
“A darkly impressive first novel, disturbing and intelligent.” The Times (London)
“A terrifying trip into the darkest corners of psychology. Dead Gone grabs you from page one and compels you to stay until the very end, and it is that element of not being able to get away that draws you in and makes you at one with the victims in this very dark and skillful thriller.” Criminal Element
“A chilling debut from a writer to watch.” Mark Billingham
“[An] impressive and inventive work...Murphy and Rossi have the makings of a successful series.” Bookgasm
“Gripping, unpredictable, genuinely shocking and impossible to put down, Dead Gone is a remarkable debut.” Steve Mosby, author of 'The Murder Code'
“For those who like their British crime thrillers gritty and dark, Dead Gone is the perfect read. It takes real skill to write about so much wickedness while also making it palatable. Veste does it all.”
“Tense and darkly playful, Dead Gone is a cleverly constructed debut thriller.” Chris Ewan, bestselling author of the Good Thief series
“Luca Veste knows a lot about writing. This experience shows itself in his great new serial killer debut Dead Gone. This amazing novel has a gripping plot and an unpredictable storyline which is impossible to put down.” Mystery Tribune