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12 Words with Luca Veste

Luca Veste is a writer of Italian and Scouse heritage, married with two young daughters, and one of nine children. He is the author of the Murphy and Rossi novels, with the third in the series – Bloodstream – released October 2015. The first in the series – Dead Gone – was also published in Germany and Czech Republic

Part psychological thriller, part police procedural, the Murphy and Rossi novels take place in the city of Liverpool. Taking in both sides of a contrasting city, they explore the changing landscape of Liverpool and “bad” things which can happen within it.

Today he takes on the 12 word challenge.



Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)

Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.

LOC: Then She Was Gone is the fourth in your series about DI Murphy & DS Rossi, what can you tell us about it?

LV: A prospective MP goes missing. His sordid private life points to revenge.

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

LV: Days and nights spent worrying with infrequent bouts of clarity.

LOC: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt in your writing career?

LV: Even those writers with years of experience worry about the next one.

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

LV: Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

LOC: why?

LV: A masterclass in crime fiction. Great writing, great characterisation, great plot twists.

LOC: Describe your perfect day

LV: Wake up in Roma, eat all the food, read and watch TV.

LOC: What is the strangest sentence you have written/read this week?

LV: Steve Cavanagh only moisturises his head 

(LOC: If you want to find out why, check out the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone Podcasts)

and finally just for laughs……

LOC: You’ve just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of Britain’s Got Talent, with just a Walking Stick, Six helium balloons and a Monkey.  What do you do?

LV: I make the monkey do his best Charlie Chaplin impression.



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.

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