Dead Gone by Luca Veste
DI David Murphy and DC Laura Rossi investigate the murder of a student at the City of Liverpool University. Attached to her is a letter from her killer, which details a famous unethical psychological experiment performed on the victim, resulting in her death. Convinced at first that the murderer is someone close and known to the victim, Murphy dismisses the letter as a bid to throw them off the scent…until more bodies are found, each with their own letter attached.
On the other side of the city, Rob Barker, an admin worker at the university, is dealing with his own loss. His partner has been missing for almost a year, with suspicion from all around her firmly pointed at him.
As the two seemingly unconnected events collide, it becomes apparent Murphy is chasing a killer unlike any he’s faced before.
One who kills to discover more about life..
The book had me with the first chapter. Part of an article published in Psychological Society Review on Life, Death and Grief. It kind of tells you all you need to know about what kind of book this is going to be.
In fact I’ll go back, it had me at the first sentence. A quote by Isaac Asimov – “life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Oh, and then the heading for chapter two is, The Experiment.
Intrigued? Yes, it’s that kind of book. Such a brilliant concept for a crime book. Psychological in the extreme, based in a police procedural. A new pair of protagonists that will be interesting to go back to. A cracking new debut.