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DEAD OF NIGHT (Detective Temple Mystery Book 2) by Deborah Lucy
As a small boy, DI Temple found his mother dead. She had been brutally murdered, with the crime unresolved. Temple is a man on a mission to find her killer, it’s why he joined the police. With the past throwing a long shadow over his life, as a detective, this makes him even more determined to seek justice for other victims as he hunts their killers. His personal quest makes him difficult to live with and difficult to work with and his relationships suffer. But he’ll stop at nothing to protect his family, even though they are estranged and if it means breaking the law.
The DI Temple novels are set in Wiltshire, a largely rural county. Its landscape of beautiful rolling hills, downs and valleys gives no immunity to the crime that infects its scattered towns and villages. Steeped in ancient history, the tourist guides make no mention of the organised crime groups, the murders and turf wars, or the drugs that saturate the streets, lanes and school playgrounds. The M4 artery across the top of the county pumps its poison from London and Bristol, linking east and west coasts, providing criminal gangs and networks with an easy route to ply their deadly trade.
A MACABRE KILLER WORKS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. HE’S VERY GOOD – NO ONE SEES HIM.
14-year-old local girl, China Lewis is reported missing by her friend Amy. Detective Inspector Temple is tasked to find her. The more he discovers about China, the greater the danger he knows she’s in.
Temple needs to find her and fast. But when his past suddenly catches up with him and two more girls go missing, it becomes personal. Temple’s quest to find the girls takes him into an evil world of exploitation and it seems he’s the only one who really cares.
ONE SERIAL KILLER. THREE MISSING GIRLS.
Temple has to take a gamble that risks the lives of the girls he’s trying to save. As he uncovers police corruption, he is forced to work in the shadows. Who can he trust now?
TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO SAVE THEM.
Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.
DISCOVER A RACE-AGAINST-TIME MYSTERY FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS.
What readers are saying about DEBORAH LUCY
“Could not put it down.” SP
“Well written and plotted, an excellent and complex crime novel.” MP
‘Loved this book, gripping story, kept me guessing till the end.’ DW
“Compulsive read!” GC
DI TEMPLE BOOKS
Book 1: WATCH HER DIE
Book 2: DEAD OF NIGHT
Despite being a second book in a series, this can be read as a stand-alone novel although as usual, the first book gives more insight into the character.
I love Joffe books and when I began to read Dead of Night I expected a police procedural/crime novel. What I was not expecting (to my pleasant surprise) was a dark and alarming thriller that plays on every parent’s worst nightmare in the most disturbing manner – and I loved every uncomfortable minute of it.
Initially the novel introduces quite a few different perspectives and events which take a little concentration to keep up with but once the story gets a few chapters in – it becomes and intense and thrilling read that is difficult to put down. Told through a variety of characters, the story contains heartbreaking points of view from the children and their parents coupled with some very sinister and nightmarish ones from a killer and various other less desirable characters. The writer uses her experience of working with missing people cases to create a harrowing tale that is excruciating reading but needs to be told.
DI Temple is an intriguing character with a past, a complicated personal life and a thirst for the truth and justice. He’s a character I fully enjoyed reading about and cannot wait to read more.
Not for the feint hearted but if you like your crime thrillers on the dark side then this one is for you.
Author Bio – Deborah Lucy
Deborah Lucy was born in Southsea and bought up in Portsmouth, the island city.
In her working life, Deb has worked alongside a number of senior investigating officers as they’ve investigated major crime – from murder, to missing persons to abduction and kidnaps. She’s been at the 7am starts and the 3am finishes, the ‘golden hour’s,’ the high’s, the low’s, the breakthrough’s, the arrests. The slog. The politics.
For three years she worked in the missing adults and children arena, with police, government policy advisors and charities. Latterly, she conducted lifestyle enquiries for international blue-chip companies into the lives of billionaires, millionaires and politically exposed people around the world.
She is a non-fiction author, ghost-writer and has been a consultant on a forthcoming ITV drama series, A Confession starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, involving a real case she was involved in. She has a master’s degree in historical research.
Her experiences lend authenticity to her stories; she also wants her books to be entertaining and find fans amongst those who are the hardest to please – the most discerning of crime readers and real life detectives.