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Luca Veste - Author

About the Author

Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Scouse heritage, currently living on the wrong side of the River Mersey. He is married with two young daughters, and is himself one of nine children. He is currently a mature student, studying Psychology and Criminology in Liverpool. He is the editor of the Spinetingler Award nominated charity anthology series 'Off The Record', which raises money for children's literacy charities. He also has short stories in numerous publications. A former civil servant, actor, and musician, he now divides his time between home life, University work and writing.

Featured books by Luca Veste

The Dying Place

The Dying Place

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2014

Once inside...there's no way out A fate worse than death...DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary's Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His body is covered with the unmistakable marks of torture. As they hunt for the killer, they discover a worrying pattern. Other teenagers, all young delinquents, have been disappearing without a trace. Who is clearing the streets of Liverpool? Where are the other missing boys being held? And can Murphy and Rossi find them before they meet the same fate as Dean?

Dead Gone

Dead Gone

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

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 you 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 unethical and deadly psychological experiments. When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before - one who doesn't just want his victims' bodies, but wants their minds too. With a series of psychological twists Dead Gone will keep you guessing until the very end.

Other books by Luca Veste

The Bone Keeper An unputdownable thriller; you'll need to sleep with the lights on

The Bone Keeper An unputdownable thriller; you'll need to sleep with the lights on

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

'The Bone Keeper will corrupt your days and shatter your nights' Val McDermid `A dark and brilliant thriller from a writer who just gets better and better. The Bone Keeper is tense, chilling and HUGELY scary' Mark Billingham `Luca Veste proves you don't need to go to the Bayou or the Everglades to find something terrifying in the deep, dark woods. Sometimes evil is lurking just around the corner. An entertainingly nasty piece of work' Christopher Brookmyre What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real? He'll slice your flesh. Your bones he'll keep. Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned. Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper. Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood. But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone. The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make. `Candyman meets The Silence of the Lambs' Eva Dolan `Possibly the finest serial killer novel since Red Dragon' Steve Cavanagh `A chillingcrime read. Full of tension and with a sinister undercurrent, it will definitely get under your skin' Bibliophile bookclub `A sinuous and compelling tale of the power of a monstrous past, with a real sense of evil and the insidious influence of urban myth' Ramsey Campbell 'A chilling twist on a modern day myth this story had me hooked: eerie, terrifying and masterfully suspenseful' Stephanie Marland `Absolutely chilling. Don't read it at night, but make sure you do read it' Jenny Blackhurst 'Terrifying, gasp-out-loud, totally compelling and twisted... I loved it! Miranda Dickinson 'Seriously creepy with a killer twist - Luca Veste goes from strength to strength' Mark Edwards `Creepy and compelling. The serial killer thriller of the year'Mason Cross 'Urban legend meets serial killer thriller - a terrifying book that walks the line between crime and horror, not unlike Thomas Harris's best work' Stuart Neville 'The Bone Keeper is everything you want in a killer thriller. Creepy, addictive and guaranteed to make you think twice before walking into the woods. Perfectly terrifying' Amanda Jennings `One to watch for 2018. A terrific and terrifying serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night - you'll be gripped by the storyline and too scared to go to sleep' Daily Record

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

`A page-turner' - Sunday Times Crime Club Tim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect. A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He's tipped for the very top ... until he vanishes. Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discovering what has happened to the popular politician - and in doing so, they unearth a trail that stretches into the past, and crimes that someone is hell-bent on avenging. 'Luca Veste has talent for exposing the ugliness of the criminal mind...For readers in search of disturbing and dark, you have come to the right place' Crime Review 'What I loved most about this book is how topical it is, how you can see it is inspired by news events and gives you a very fictional account of things we have seen occur over the past few years, boosted to the extremes' Nudge Book Further praise for Luca Veste: 'This is a twisty, psychological crime debut in a gritty setting: a new favourite for police procedural lovers' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go 'A darkly impressive first novel, disturbing and intelligent' Marcel Berlins,Times 'Murphy and Rossi are a fresh and intriguing detective partnership' Chris Ewan, author of Safe House 'Gripping and well-paced, this is a superior piece of crime fiction' Emlyn Rees 'A major new talent on the crime scene' Eva Dolan 'Gripping, unpredictable, genuinely shocking and impossible to put down' Steve Mosby 'A fresh, innovative and powerful new voice in crime fiction' Howard Linskey 'A gripping descent into the darkest corners of the human mind' Neil White

Bloodstream

Bloodstream

Author: Luca Veste Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

This is a twisty, psychological crime debut in a gritty setting: a new favourite for police procedural lovers Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go, on Dead Gone Top read for police-procedural aficionados looking for a fresh beat The Times Crime Club ';An utterly compelling story of murder and celebrity culture in the age of social media obsession' Eva Dolan ';Luca Veste is leading the new wave in British crime fiction, using mystery novels to explore social issues, armed with heart, insight, and anger' Jay Stringer ';A dark, thrilling ride' Stav Sherez Social media stars Chloe Morrison and Joe Hooper seem to have it all - until their bodies are found following an anonymous phone call to their high-profile agent. Tied and bound to chairs facing each other, their violent deaths cause a media scrum to descend on Liverpool, with DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi assigned to the case.It quickly becomes clear that the killer believes secrets and lies within relationships should have deadly consequences...

Bloodstream

Bloodstream

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2015

A brilliant Murphy and Rossi police procedural from Luca Veste, called 'A writer to watch' by Mark Billingham. Social media stars Chloe Morrison and Joe Hooper seem to have it all - until their bodies are found following an anonymous phone call to their high-profile agent. Tied and bound to chairs facing each other, their violent deaths cause a media scrum to descend on Liverpool, with DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi assigned to the case. It quickly becomes clear that the killer believes secrets and lies within relationships should have deadly consequences... 'This is a twisty, psychological crime debut in a gritty setting: a new favourite for police procedural lovers' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go, on Dead Gone 'Top read for police-procedural aficionados looking for a fresh beat' The Times Crime Club `An utterly compelling story of murder and celebrity culture in the age of social media obsession' Eva Dolan `Luca Veste is leading the new wave in British crime fiction, using mystery novels to explore social issues, armed with heart, insight, and anger' Jay Stringer `A dark, thrilling ride' Stav Sherez

The Dying Place

The Dying Place

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2014

Once inside...there's no way out A fate worse than death...DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary's Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His body is covered with the unmistakable marks of torture. As they hunt for the killer, they discover a worrying pattern. Other teenagers, all young delinquents, have been disappearing without a trace. Who is clearing the streets of Liverpool? Where are the other missing boys being held? And can Murphy and Rossi find them before they meet the same fate as Dean?

Dying Place

Dying Place

Author: Luca Veste Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

Once inside...there's no way outA fate worse than death...DI Murphy and DS Rossi discover the body of known troublemaker Dean Hughes, dumped on the steps of St Mary's Church in West Derby, Liverpool. His body is covered with the unmistakable marks of torture.As they hunt for the killer, they discover a worrying pattern. Other teenagers, all young delinquents, have been disappearing without a trace.Who is clearing the streets of Liverpool?Where are the other missing boys being held?And can Murphy and Rossi find them before they meet the same fate as Dean?

DEAD GONE

DEAD GONE

Author: Luca Veste Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

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, unethical and deadly psychological experiments.When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before - one who doesn't just want his victims' bodies, but wants their minds too.With a series of psychological twists Dead Gone will keep you guessing until the very end.

Dead Gone

Dead Gone

Author: Luca Veste Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

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 you 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 unethical and deadly psychological experiments. When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before - one who doesn't just want his victims' bodies, but wants their minds too. With a series of psychological twists Dead Gone will keep you guessing until the very end.

DEAD GONE

DEAD GONE

Author: Luca Veste Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

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, unethical and deadly psychological experiments.When it becomes apparent that each victim has ties to the City of Liverpool University, DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi realise they're chasing a killer unlike any they've hunted before - one who doesn't just want his victims' bodies, but wants their minds too.With a series of psychological twists Dead Gone will keep you guessing until the very end.