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Who is the sinner and who is the saint?
Jamie Brooke is working as a private investigator in the London Borough of Southwark when the body of a priest is found in the ruins of Winchester Palace, his tattooed arms flayed, his mouth stuffed with feathers.
Jamie begins the hunt for the skin collector with the help of museum researcher, Blake Daniel, who is haunted by visions of a terrifying past.
As violence erupts, leaving a trail of bodies in its wake, Jamie and Blake must find the murderer before those they love are taken down in the chaos.
A psychological thriller with an edge of the supernatural, Deviance is the story of a struggle for power and a fight for freedom against the backdrop of modern-day London.
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“A riveting and dark story. The storyline of Deviance is phenomenal and grabs you right from the start. The characters, especially Jamie and Blake, are intriguing, wounded and sensuous. The research and historical context is extensive and wonderfully portrayed of London's underworld and the upper and lower class citizens past and present.” Heather
“JF Penn's extensive historical and regional research is evident in every story she writes. This book has societal ills, government corruption, wounded psyches and the worst and best of humanity, all rolled into a fantastic read that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire book.” Litekeeper
“Penn has a knack for weaving unusual historical fact into a modern setting as background for a mystery thriller.” Jane
“This book is about more than catching a killer. It is about the dark underside of London and Penn vividly paints a vibrant picture of the people who live and work there.” Donna
“The author colourfully weaves suspense with supernatural/ paranormal and dives into the darkness of humanity … This fast-paced action thriller is not only well-written and well researched it is filled with intrigue and peppered with spectacular twists and turns.” Toni
“The darkness of the setting of this story is offset by the depth of human care and kindness that many of the characters share. The depth of depravity of the main antagonist is offset by the strength of the community to which he directs his evil actions. I really recommend this book and J. F. Penn!” – D. Dobler
“You will not want to be interrupted once you start this book.” – Betsy
“Stunning book, had me up all night reading … [it] smolders on the embers of darkness and sensuality … beneath this story is the author’s love of London. I’ve been to London several times and done quite a bit of wandering only to find myself in places I couldn’t understand and was tempted not to fear. But I ran, asked for directions, and retreated to the façade that felt safe but robbed me, and other tourists, of the depths the city holds. Now I want to go back. And when I do, my eyes will be to the skies in search of swarming ravens. And I will follow.” – Mary A. Madsen