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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755383680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755383689
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A brilliant serial killer thriller from a hugely talented British author to rival the best from Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.

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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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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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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 body which is found but which is missing most of it's internal organs and Case Two is the disappearance of 4 students who appear to want to kill themselves according to their video postings on the internet. Brook has to put the pieces of a jigsaw together to establish if the cases are connected. He has to establish the who, where, what, how, why and when of both cases. However Brook makes a bit of a boo boo in that he allows his daughter to pretend to be a policewoman and to search somebody's bedroom. This ultimately gets Brook into bother and jeopardises part of the investigation. When Brook completes the jigsaw he (almost) sees the complete picture and he faces a race against time to apprehend the villains and rescue the captives. Brook's daughter is threatened and fearing for her life, Brook desperately tries to find her.
This book is full of twists and turns right until the very end. In fact it is comparable to a roller coaster ride as just when you think things have settled, off you go again. My stomach lurched on more than one occasion.
The descriptions are very detailed and graphic in that you can almost visualise yourself there in the room as an invisible onlooker. Some of the details were particularly gory and I wouldn't advise you to be eating anything when you read certain parts.
Brook is a very likeable character with his flaws but also with his strengths. He is loyal to those he trusts and he is protective of those he considers to be friends ie: his work colleague DS Noble. Brook dislikes authority figures .
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One thing about a Steven Dunne novel is it is multi-layered, familiar (I live close to Derby)but complex. His plots are clever, clear and chilling. However, he appears to have more ideas than one book can hold, consequently, he always crashes through the buffers where other authors would pull gently into the railway station.
Deity has 2 terrific villains; a whole separate novel could focus on "The Embalmer" but Dunne cleverly weaves the whole thing together into a modern police procedural thriller.
Bumping off homeless guys, gives Dunne an opportunity to speak about an underclass, people no-one would miss and forgotten even before death finally eases their pain. Contrast this with a group of missing students, inspired by media idols and internet fame. Death seems a natural progression for the vulnerable within both groups but when someone appears to be manipulating it to the point of encouraging self harm and suicide the police under Brook have an investigation far more demanding than a missing persons case.
The thing I love about these novels is the richness of the text; demonstrating clear planning and competant research while engaging the reader fully. You are left with an incredible story you need to read to the end as quickly as possible. However the novel is so entertainingly set up that it draws you in and leaves you enthralled with characters you like to be around, victims you care about perpretrators who are a match for our bright inelligent detective.
Brook is a loner, a flawed person. An inadequate father and a driven copper who seeks justice but loves the hunt above all else, pitching his wits against the most evil of serial killers. Recent history demonstrates that he doesn't always get his man, or that his methods are not error strewn.
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