Deity, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


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

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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755383689



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This is billed as a thriller. I have to say from the get go that it really isn't that thrilling.The first 50 pages or so gallop along nicely and the teasers are there for the reader to unravel. The stage is set for what should be an enthralling ride. Detective Inspector Damen Brook of the Derby CID returns with his crew to solve two separate crimes. The discovery of 2 bodies washed up by the River Trent and a local gravel pit have had their organs removed, apart from their hearts. Four young students go missing and a home-made internet film suggests they commited suicide. The crimes are unrelated...or are they?There are a heck of a lot of characters in this story and it can be difficult keeping track of them all. But, for me, the most infuriating thing about the story is the apparent lack of brain cells in the average Bristish police force. *** SPOILER ALERT*** I am not an expert on Egyptology, but have known for some years that the ancient art of mummification involved the removal of the deceased organs and as soon as I read the Modus Operandi of the killer, it immediately popped in to my head that this sounded suspiciously like a killer obsessed with the Egyptian gods and the Afterlife. Add to that, the removal of the victim's brain and the fact that the hearts were replaced in to the body cavities.....well it was glaringly obvious. It took until page 296 before one officer had a "light bulb moment". The assumed name of the "killer" Ozzy Reece....just try pronouncing it slightly differently and you end up with the name of the Egyptian god of the Afterlife. It took until page 363 for that to dawn on anyone. By this time I was in despair! Don't get me wrong, the writing isn't too bad, but I never got a feel for any of the characters and felt the whole thing was laboured and far too long. The pace dipped badly in the middle and never really picked up again. The ending...well it was just too neat and trite.If the author wanted to create the impression that the average British detective couldn't detect a bad smell.....well he did succeed there..and it may well be what Steven Dunne was trying to achieve. Who knows he may well be right? I couldn't possibly comment!

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