Dead Gone: A Novel

Dead Gone: A Novel

by Luca Veste


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781681773049
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 300,582
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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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Dead Gone: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Twists within twists! My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book. You ladies rock! This book is a mystery, a police story, and a psychological thriller all wrapped in carefully selected prose. As this states that it is the debut novel, I look forward to more tales of Detective David Murphy and Sergeant Laura Rossi in Liverpool, England! The book begins with a missing girl. The problem is, Jemma Barker has a history of vanishing for extended periods of time. Her husband Rob is furious with the police because he believes that Jemma would never leave him. A body turns up positioned in a way that suggests posing. Detective Murphy is assigned to the case, and chooses Sergeant Rossi as his partner. Murphy has a history that leaves him marked. His wife had lost their baby at nine weeks. The two had a bad spilt up. In his last case he lost a victim to the criminal he was investigating. Policemen, especially Detective Brannon, are waiting for Murphy to screw up again so they can advance their career at the expense of Murphy’s. The killer leaves notes that taunt the police. The problem is that the note with the first body states that this is “Experiment 3.” So where are experiments 1 and 2? The tension builds to the breaking point and the case winds to a twist ending that I don’t believe anyone will be looking for. It is spectacular! Great job, Mr. Veste! Good show! I give the book five stars plus! Quoth the Raven…
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This debut author is definitely using a new kind of serial killer in that he is using different techniques and experiments in which to kill his victims. It's something that I've never read before and definitely different. I found myself intrigued, mesmerized and I just could not put the book down. I think all thriller readers will be engaged and entertained with this one. Thanks Pegasus Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
A serial killer is on the loose .... not so much different from other serial killers we've all read. They're all on the loose until they are caught. This one is different. He is taking young university students and in his words .. experimenting ... on them. He is using a template of previous psychological experiments that were recorded years earlier. He is just 'improving' the tests. DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi are called upon to investigate. Murphy is still trying to come to terms with finding his parents both brutally murdered. Rossi is our country .. a rookie who looks to Murphy as a mentor. When the bodies, horribly mutilated, start piling up, Rossi fears for her supervisor's sanity. I love the interaction between the characters. I feel sympathy for Murphy, who wonders if his loss of family will ever allow him to act normally. Rossi is young, ambitious, willing to do those things that bother her most ... like watching an autopsy. DS Tony Brannon is like a small puppy, so anxiously wanting all the big dogs to play with him but instead, they ignore him as much as possible. There are lots of secondary people roaming around the perimeter of the plot line ...which is necessary in a who-dun-it. But they added intrigue rather than become distracting. It was the cover of the book and the author's interesting name that drew me in ... but it was the book itself that kept me reading. My thanks to the author /Pegasus Books / Netgalley who provided a digital copy.