Deity (DI Damen Brook 3) Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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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)
A brilliant serial killer thriller from a hugely talented British author to rival the best from Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson.See all Product Description
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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 .Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A totally engrossing, gripping and unsettling read !!
This is the third DI Damen Brook book and the third 5 star read from me -- what a fabulous series. Read more
This is my third visit to Damen Brook and will definitely not be last. I mean this in a good way when I say picking up a book with Brook in it is like putting on one of your... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Saffron1623
I have read two of Dunne's previous novels and do have time for his writing, his protagonist and his plotting. He often injects his stories with interesting insights as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by johnverp
I think this series just keeps getting better and better, I never know what to expect with the plot as there arer so many twists and turns. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Totally love this book , do yourself a favour and buy them all . You won't be disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Andrew Durston
I’ve reached the third in the Damen Brook series, written by the talented Steven Dunne. This is turning into a great series, with a lead to rival the likes of Roy Grace and Tom... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christine M