‘Bloodstream’, by Luca Veste

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Born and raised on Merseyside but with an Italian background, Luca Veste produces gritty northern crime fiction shot through with a subtle Latin sensibility. The caustic Dead Gone was a strikingly original debut that demonstrated his penchant for flinty characterisation and skill at evoking Liverpool. He also has a pronounced taste for the macabre, which is given full rein in his latest novel.

Internet and reality TV stars Chloe Morrison and Joe Hooper are murdered at the height of their celebrity. As they investigate, hard-bitten coppers DI David Murphy and DS Laura Rossi find that there is something rotten not just in social media but also in the police force itself. Astringent and artfully constructed, Bloodstream reinvigorates the shopworn police procedural format.

Bloodstream, by Luca Veste, Simon & Schuster, RRP£7.99, 480 pages

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