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Deity (DI Damen Brook 3): Deity (DI Damen Brook 3) (DI Brook Series) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Dunne
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When four Derby College students are reported missing, few in Derby CID, least of all DI Damen Brook, pay much attention. But then a film on the internet is discovered purporting to show the students committing mass suicide. If it's real, why did they kill themselves when they had such bright futures ahead of them? If the suicides are faked, why the set up and where are the students? And if they're dead and have been murdered, who on earth could have planned such a bizarre and tragic end to their promising lives? Combining intricate forensics with meticulous detection and the warped psychology of a psychopath, DEITY is a serial killer thriller of the highest order to rival the very best of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.

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    'A gripping serial killer story with an exceptional depth of humanity, Deity delves into the darkest corners of human motivation. DI Damen Brook is one of the most memorable characters in recent British crime fiction. The city of Derby finally has a copper to match anything Edinburgh or Oxford can produce! Dark and twisted, but DI Brook has an intense emotional core' (Stephen Booth)

    'I've read all of Steven Dunne's Damon Brook novels and have enjoyed all three, but DEITY is the best (so far!) It's very rare that I find a book that I just can't stop reading , but DEITY was devoured in two sessions, with only the need to sleep getting in the way! I'm really coming to care about DI Brook, his dark past and broken present, troubled relationships and a life teetering on the edge of total collapse. I don't know if it's Steven Dunne's eye for local detail, or understanding of young people that really brings DEITY to life, but I can't walk home over the Derwent without checking in the water for bodies, or wondering which of the Drinkers by the Assembly rooms is working undercover! I'm sure, in time Derby will be as linked to DI Brook as Oxford is to Morse, or Edinburgh to Rebus.' (Sean Heavens, Manager Waterstones, Derby)

    About the Author

    Steven Dunne has written for fun since attending Kent University. After a brief and terrifying stint as a stand-up comic, he became a freelance journalist writing for The Times and the Independent. He is now a part-time teacher in Derby. He is the author of the highly acclaimed thrillers THE REAPER and THE DISCIPLE.

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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 18 May 2012
    Format:Hardcover
    I really love this novel. It's so much more than your run-of-the-mill thriller. Steven Dunne explores the psychology of his characters with forensic intensity. It's a thriller about the cult of suicide amongst teenagers, the glamour of dying young. Someone is playing God with their lives, and also the lives of corrupted adults - those the killer believes need 'cleansing'. It's ambitious with wonderfully realised characters, and a great sense of location - Derby, the Peak District - with its beauty and menace. Steven knows the geographical landscape intimately, but he also digs deep into the psychological landscape of modern life. Steven Dunne understands young people so well, their aspirations and fears about growing up in a morally bankrupt world. Their lives are the beating heart of this novel. And DI Damon Brook is a terrific character - he lives on the margins, is utterly devoted to his daughter, and is trying to hold back the tide of despair and breakdown he sees all around him. DEITY is dark and chilling but with a big heart at its centre. I loved it.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant 16 July 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I have read the first two books by Steven Dunne, featuring the fantastic Damen Brook, and loved them both but this one is magnificent. I literally could not put this book down, especially the last couple of hundred pages, and was completely and utterly absorbed in the story. When I first started reading it, which I had eagerly awaited after pre-ordering it months ago, I wasn't sure where the story was going and had worked out the perpetrator by mid way through the story, but didn't know how or why the events had / were occurring (I'm being totally cryptic for fear of giving away this wondeful plot). If you haven't read the first two by Steven Dunne, The Reaper and The Disciple which are brilliant books, I would highly recommend you do so as this is fiction at it's very best. Can't wait for the next book so hurry up and get writing Mr Dunne!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Deity 20 Aug. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Deity is the third outing for DI Damen Brook, a resolutely old school copper with few friends in the force and less still outside it. If you've read Dunne's previous books, The Reaper and The Disciple you'll know that Brook is carrying some heavy emotional baggage from his previous cases, which have wrecked his promising career in the Met and seen him move up to Derby. Brook is a rare breed in crime fiction, no improbable vices, no smark-aleck tendencies, but with a keen intelligence and dogged determination to see justice done.

    Deity opens with the discovery of a man's body in the Derwent, naked save for a loincloth, he has been scrubbed clean and his hair freshly barbered. It looks like a suicide until they flip him over and discover evidence of amateurish surgery on his torso. The killer has emptied his chest cavity and stitched him back up before dumping him. Initially Brook and his team assume it must be some kind of mix up at a funeral home or a morgue. The victim is a tramp so there is little pressure to find his killer, but then another body surfaces in a local gravel pit, another dead vagrant with his internal organs missing. Except this time the heart has been stitched back in and Brook detects an improvement in the killer's technique. Is he just practising on these homeless men? Refining his skills for more noteworthy victims?

    Perhaps the four students who have gone missing from home after an eighteenth birthday party. They're a disparate bunch, Becky the model-wannabe indulged by her father and despised by her mother, Kyle the sensitive soul from a broken home, struggling with his sexuality, Russell the film lover always hiding behind a camera of his own, and Adele, clever, troubled Adele, caught between a lusting father and a dismissive ex-lover.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! 21 April 2012
    By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover
    I have been absolutely gripped by Steven Dunne's third novel Deity for the past two days and even though I have not read the first two novels in this series featuring D I Damen Brook I was hooked from the opening paragraphs.

    Deity will be published in hardback by Headline on 26 April 2012, the paperback is released on 21 June. Set in the city of Derby and featuring the dark and brooding Detective Inspector Damen Brook, this is number three of a series, the follow-up to The Reaper and The Disciple.

    I'm really picky about crime novels, I want a clever plot with characters that are three-dimensional, realistic and intelligent, I want a plot that grips, that makes me lose track of time and that I don't work out for myself before the end. Deity delivers all of those things, and more, much much more. This is one of the cleverest, slickest and at times, terrifying stories that I've read for a long long time - a sick, twisted psychopathic serial killer matched by an intelligent, if somewhat flawed Detective. Damon Brook has a history which is referred to during the story, not having read the first two books in the series in no way spoils this one, the reader learns enough about Brook's past to understand his psyche, and to warm to him, and to forgive his straightforward, almost rude mannerisms.

    Brook is investigating two cases which on the face of it appear quite separate - a couple of murdered 'tramps' who are missing some vital organs and the disappearance of four local college students. As Brooks and his team delve deeper into each case, it becomes clear that they are linked, it also becomes clear that there is a dangerous, warped and extremely clever person behind the horrific crimes.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Contains some SPOILERS
    This is the third book in the DI Damen Brook series by Steven Dunne.
    There are two seemingly unconnected cases which attract DI Brook's attention: Case One is the case of a... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Amanda
    5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping masterpiece
    The third fantastic crime novel from Steven Dunne featuring DI Damen Brook

    This series is getting better and better if you haven't already you need to purchase this... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by BD Ashby
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
    Well drawn characters authentic locations and a plot line that keeps you guessing to the end. Like all the books in this series doesn't end happily either - like I say it's... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by richard foster
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    Fantastic series, plot full. You are never 100% sure where the story is taking you, however I don't feel Mr Dunne does this to trick the reader, it is just an excellent way to grab... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by bookworm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    Really good read from start to finish . Excellent story well written and executed . If you like James Patterson you'll love this book
    Published 3 months ago by jo
    5.0 out of 5 stars The reason I was more than happy to pay over what this book would have...
    I actually got a signed copy of this book as I was the highest bidder in a charity auction. The reason I was more than happy to pay over what this book would have cost on Amazon... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by sarah hardy
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    very good read
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Damen Brook at his best.
    I finally finished Deity this morning and once again i was immersed in the storyline. I love Damen Brook's character and he has a great relationship with John Noble. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Ms. Geeta Dhimar
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant character In DI Damen Brook
    Brilliant character In DI Damen Brook, with a great colleague in DS John Noble, they compliment each other perfectly. This was a 5 star read for me . Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Susieh.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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