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Dead Gone

(DI Murphy and DS Rossi #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 ratings  ·  223 reviews
The young girl you have found isn’t the first experiment I’ve carried out. She won’t be the last.

A tense, unpredictable crime debut that will not only have you gripped, but will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham.

A serial killer is stalking the streets of Liverpool, gruesomely murdering victims as part of a series of infamous, un
Paperback, 408 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Avon (first published December 5th 2013)
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Dec 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 9-dnf
After struggling with this book for a while, I give up. I'm not enjoying anything about this book. DI Murphy blatantly disregards a letter left attached to the victim, stating it's meant to lead the investigation into the wrong direction. DS Rossi has no time for male companionship but sucks up to Murphy constantly. DS Brannon is a sexist and threatens Rossi but she doesn't take it seriously. When Murphy and Rossi are in an elevator making jokes and laughing over a previous murder case, that was ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Dead Gone is a Brilliant Scouse Thriller

Dead Gone by Luca Veste is a brilliant debut by the scouse author who also happens to be a mature psychology and criminology student and he brings that knowledge to the fore in this book. For a debut novel this is a brilliant psychological and police procedural crime thriller, with more twists and turns than your average game of twister. Dead Gone is a brilliant example of twisted storytelling that keeps you on edge and those pages turning because you are
Linda Strong
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
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 fin
Cora Tea Party Princess
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
5 Words: dark, scary, thriller, whodunnit, psychology.

More like 3.75 stars, but that's close enough to four.

This book reminded me an awful lot of another book I've read this year; Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen. There was a similar plot to both, what with the isolation. But I enjoyed this one far more. Maybe it was just that I could pronounce all of the names or that it was told in a very British way.

Rossi was my favourite character - I liked how real she came across as. I loved that she turned to h
Joe Stamber
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2014
I bought Dead Gone as a Kindle Daily Deal on the basis that I liked the sound of it and it got so many good reviews. Well, it took me 11 days to read which is quite a long time for me considering that it's not a particularly long novel. The reason for that is that I didn't really enjoy it.

As a Crime/Murder/Mystery, Dead Gone is set up well, with a damaged cop(!) and his sidekick investigating the murder of a student in Liverpool. Another strand to the plot tells of a university worker whose girl
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding crime read. Set in Merseyside, Murphy is on the hunt for a killer linked to the Psychology department at the local university. This is the first crime novel for Luca Veste, but it doesn't show. It reads beautifully and fluently, and it has my favourite element, the serial killer. I absolutely recommend this to anyone dying for a good intelligent killer read. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coming 2nd December from Avon.

First of all thank you so much for the advance copy of this book from the author. Who is a lovely chap!

In Dead Gone we meet DI David Murphy - a man who has suffered a terrible loss - as he attempts to track down a killer. Not unusual you might think. But actually it is. This is a new breed of serial killer and David, alongside his partner in crime DS Laura Rossi will find themselves entering the darkest recesses of the human mind.

So lets talk for a moment about tha
Linda Boa
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-blog
It's difficult to believe this is a debut novel, as the writing is so assured and accomplished. I noted that Luca was studying psychology and criminology when he wrote this, and I wonder if that's where the idea originated. If you enjoy books with a good dollop of psychology, you'll love this. His detectives, DI David Hardy and DS Laura Rossi, make a likeable pair and revisiting them will be a pleasure. My only complaint? That I waited so long to read this! Still, it means I've three more (so fa ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I was desperate to read this book as it had been recommended it back in December and as it's based in Liverpool, my second favourite city in England, started it with relish.

The plot doesn't need to be gone over as this has been covered many times by other reviewers except to say that the disappearance of Jemma Barnes at the start of the book had me hooked and was terrifying in the extreme. A female body is found soon after her kidnapping (albeit her family think Jemma has just up and left, as sh
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - on and off for 2 weeks

Publisher - AVON

Blurb from Goodreads

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
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I bought this book on the basis of some very good Goodreads reviews. Unfortunately I can't agree with them. I found the plot lacklustre, there was no sense of drama. No surprises either, the outcome was obvious and the twist was not so twisty. The characters were also lacklustre and, apart from the hapless experiment 2 I couldn't care about any of them. I also found the dialogue pretty lame. I know there is such a thing as survivor's guilt but it was unwarranted and lame in the case of Murphy. A ...more
2.5 stars

On the surface, based on the blurb, this should be up my alley. But it took me almost a week to finish this book and that means that it's not enough to hold my attention. Duly noted I also spent the weekend watching Stranger Things 2 but I had enough time before that if I wanted.

I think maybe it was combination of a number POVs within the book (I always prefer detective/mystery books to focus solely on the detective), and the back-and-forth story format between the police's POV to
Joce (squibblesreads)
Sigh. DNF @ 40%
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, the author had me fooled. Had me completely believing the killer was someone else. Well done! I did find it dragged on a little bit in the middle so I can only give it 4 stars. But I’d like to read more by Veste. Especially if they take place in Liverpool like this one does. Makes a nice change from all those books based in London.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC Received courtesy of First Reads Giveaway

This novel is the first in a series featuring DI Murphy and DS Rossi. The reader gradually gets the back story on Murphy and it's complicated! I can't wait to read how he finally comes to terms with his past. We don't learn too much about Rossi but she definitely has Murphy's back.

"Dead Gone" is the story of a serial killer who performs bizarre "experiments" on his victims. Murphy and Rossi are digging deep with no clear answers except t
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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By now most of you know that nothing makes me happier than discovering a new to me author. The only thing better is realizing that there are already three more books in this series! Never mind that for now they’re only available in the U.K., that’s what Book Depository is for. This was crime fiction the way it’s supposed to be with intelligent detectives, an extremely complicated case, and plenty of surprises along the way.

Essentially there a
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Breathtaking, thrilling & utterly compelling! Dead Gone is one of the best crime reads I have ever read. Review to come...
Laura Rash
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy a good police procedural and this was no exception. With the flawed characterization of Murphy and his feisty partner Rossi, this was a great way to start a series. I’m onto the next!
Sam H  Arnold
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a debut novel by the writer and centres around two main detectives working a serial killer case in Liverpool. The references to Liverpool makes this book for anyone who has knowledge of the area.

This book is well written and the story premise is thrilling and terrifying all in one. I however, found this a little slow to start. Personally I like my crime novels to start with a bang and include a little more gore and description. There are parts later on that clearly make up for the lack
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a debut book this is a really good book.I loved Di David Murphy and Ds Laura Rossi and look forward to reading other books with them in.The story did keep me guessing although i did work out who one of the bad guys was quite early in the book.Maybe i read too many thrillers and watch too much
The reason behind the murders was well thought out and original and you felt the fear and isolation that Jemma was being put through and felt yourself really hoping that she would escape or be
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Ok. So, in doing up this post, I’ve learned two things. A) I’ve had Dead Gone on my kindle since 2014!!!!!! and b) I have been seriously missing out on what looks to be a really solid crime series!

Dead Gone is the first in the Liverpool-based Murphy and Rossi series. It follows their investigation into a psychopathic serial killer who seems to be targeting people who have ties to the City of Liverpool University.

I have to say, I was gripped early on thanks to Luca Veste’s writing style. There’s
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
They say you get used to it. One victim becomes another. An endless array of body parts lit up, wounds, scars blood. If you deal with death all the time, you develop a gallows humour, dark jokes passed around.

Murphy knew differently. When it was bad as this, there was no levity to be found. You got on with the job, and hoped to catch whoever did it before it happened again.

In most series, we'd meet DS Laura Rossi as she joins the detectives
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This chilling tale of psychological suspense and intriguing prose, hauntingly lingers within the darkest corners of the mind.

Dead Goneis a remarkably original debut novel that explores twisted and darkly sinister psychological experimentation. Chilling me to the core and sending shivers down my spine, the deftly interwoven plot was so hypnotic that I found myself unable to tear my gaze away from the pages. Unlike the more traditional Crime novel Luca Veste captures a darker more horrific, warpe
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nowadays the start of a book review begins before I even have hold of a copy or bought a download. I pre ordered 'Dead Gone' to Kindle after acquainting with Luca on GoodReads, engaging on social media & reading a collection of stories compiled in books he's edited the proceeds went to a children's literacy charity. Being a fan of Brit Grit Crime fiction especially written in settings close to my home town. Keen to knowing more about the values, beliefs that bind & separate us I looked forward t ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debut
I was intrigued immediately; after an opening extract about death, then I read of 'Experiment Two', before I reached chapter one of this novel, and I was drawn straight into the story. There is a woman, alone, scared, captive in the dark. I began to wonder who she is, what is this experiment, and if this is number two, what happened to number one? Then the main narrative takes us to 'Day One' of what will be the police procedural element of the tale; a body is found in a park, and DI David Murph ...more
Kitty Catalyst
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
When a scientist takes his experiments beyond the code of ethics, it leads to a series of gruesome murders.
Detective Inspector David Murphy is assigned a confounding case. A woman's body is found with a note. More than just a note, it is a detailed scientific thesis about the study of huge amounts of LSD used on this victim. The note goes on to explain that this is a continuation of an abandoned government experiment call MK Ultra.
The letter is titled "Experiment Three."
Murphy enlists Detective
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
A veteran detective with a haunted past and an ambitious younger officer track a vicious serial killer with an agenda through the damp streets of Liverpool in this engaging debut by Luca Veste.
I'm not a big fan of serial killer novels since so many tread ground already made too familiar by their predecessors. Veste adds a new twist by introducing a killer whose agenda is based on psychology and his prey centered on students at university.
Psychology is also a factor in the life of Detective Insp
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With a solid recommendation from Mark Billingham resplendent on the jacket, I can only echo his words as Veste being a writer to watch, as this debut kept me hooked throughout and I loved the way Veste so neatly draws on his Liverpudlian and Italian roots, both in terms of the setting of the book and in the characterisation of his protagonists. With an assured touch, the reader is quickly immersed in a tautly plotted and psychologically dark tale of missing girls and a slippery killer that plumb ...more
Lynda Kelly
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
Couldn't get into this and was getting fed up with it so packed it in at 39%. It was very repetitive in places (too many touching of shoulders and men with sweaty hands)
There were missing words from sentences,too, a LOT of skipped commas as well as apostrophes and fullstops. I might've overlooked those but the story was wearing me down.
It had the odd amusing line in but I just got thoroughly bored with it. I wasn't warming to David the policeman in charge, either. He was sullen and grumpy nearly
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Luca Veste pulls no punches with this one and it did get a little gruesome at times, but I couldn't stop listening to this one. I must admit, as this is set in Liverpool in the UK, the scouse accents took a bit of getting used to, but once I got over that, I was all in.

I loved the premise of this one, experiments that were done back in the dark ages on animals, now being undertaken on humans by a sick and twisted serial killer. Once said victims had used up their usefulness, he killed them in th
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Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Liverpudlian heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He studied psychology and criminology at university in Liverpool. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi series, which includes DEAD GONE, THE DYING PLACE, BLOODSTREAM, and THEN SHE WAS GONE.

Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, his books follow the detective p

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