Twists within twists!
Dead Gone: A Novel by Luca Veste
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…