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Down into Darkness (DS Stella Mooney #4)

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The naked body of a young woman is found hanging from a tree on a London roadside. Scrawled across her back are the words "DIRTY GIRL."

Detective Stella Mooney is faced with a murder as baffling as it is chilling. With no means to identify the victim and no apparent motive, the case is blocked, until a man is found on a bench by the river, his throat cut back to the verteb
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published February 22nd 2007)
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May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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RATING: 3.25

A series of murders are occurring in the London area. Although the way the victims are killed varies, each has a message scrawled on their body, such as "Dirty Girl" or "Filthy Coward". It appears that the killer has chosen each of his victims for personal reasons, but it certainly isn't apparent to Detective Stella Mooney and her colleagues what links each of them. Is the killer some kind of moral guardian? Are his messages a justification for the murders?

The book started well enoug
Ian Brydon
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
125. [Down Into Darkness] by [[David Lawrence]].

As with his three previous novels set in a (hopefully) fictitious area of London near Holland Park, the proliferation of the most heinous crimes goes all but unchecked despite the heroic endeavours of Detective Sergeant Stella Mooney. She is by no means flawless herself, but she is an immensely sympathetic character, coping with the memories of her grim childhood on the sink estate she now helps to police and the reverberations of assorted personal
Kathy Davie
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Fourth in the mystery series, DS Stella Mooney, set in modern-day London where Stella is struggling with a serial killer who is not leaving a pattern---choosing people randomly with a purpose.

It’s an interesting cast of victims: a hooker, a researcher, a news editor, a retired teacher, and a politician. Finding the common thread is a tough task for Stella and her crew. As they tease out the connections, we are exposed to BIG money and its manipulations in our world as well as the depths to whic
Mike Gabor
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
A young woman is found hanging from a tree in London. The words, Dirty Girl, are written on her back. The case is assigned to Detective Stella Mooney. The investigation is going nowhere as they aren't even able to identify the victim when a second body turns up. This one is a man with the words, Filthy Coward, written on him. There is a connection but, what is it exactly? The first victim was a prostitute, the second a well respected researcher for a member of Parliment. Stella's research leads ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it liked it
I really loved the first few books in this series and for that reason am giving this latest in the series the benefit of the doubt. My reading life has been a bit chaotic too, which may have something to do with not liking this novel quite as well.

I was having a bit of a hard time following all the story threads. The mystery wasn't working for me either. It almost took a back seat to Stella's and Delaney's psychological issues. For Stella, I wish she would either commit to therapy to work things
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: detective stories readers
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
This is a darn good detective cop mystery. A serial killer is at loose and detective Stella Mooney and her squad are on the case. The killer has a plan but its not clear why he is killing who he is killing and what are the reasons.

The book is filled with many separate plot lines all of which prove meaningful in one way or another to the story.

Highly recommended.
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a good detective mystery novel. Nothing amazing, but very entertaining.
Rachel Jones
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
London noir. Pretty good series. Good for a Sunday afternoon on the couch.
Apr 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
London-set serial killer mystery w/ decent detective characters.
Mary Kay
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
This is one DARK book about a serial killer with a twist.
Lisa Greer
Mar 23, 2008 marked it as to-read
I read Cold Kill and was very impressed with it. I'd like to find this one now...
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Pseudonym for author David Harsent.
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