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Jan Fabel is a haunted man. Head of the Polizei Hamburg's Murder Commission, Fabel has dealt with the dead for nearly two decades, but when a routine enquiry becomes a life-threatening - and life-changing - experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before. 

Two years later Fabel's first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, 15 years after she went missing. Monika - ethereally beautiful, intelligent, cruel - was the centre of a group of students obsessed with the gothic.

Fabel reopens the case. What happened that night when Monika left a party and disappeared into thin air? When men involved with Monika start turning up dead, Fabel realizes he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for revenge and a taste for the gothic.

What he doesn't know is that someone has been aiding and grooming a deranged escapee as his own personal tool for revenge. A truly gothic monster to be let loose on the world.

©2015 Craig Russell (P)2015 WF Howes

Critic Reviews

"Russell scores highly with his atmospheric portrayal of Hamburg and its dark river Elbe, as well as with the intelligence of his plots." ( The Times)
"Craig Russell is a great writer." (Peter James)

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  • Miriam
  • 21-09-2015

Disappointing instalment in the Fabel series

The narration of this book contained some very strange pronunciations, stumbles and slips: and I don't believe it was an issue of translation or adaptation. The odd one is tolerable, but there were enough here for it to become annoying. A disappointing lack of attention to the narration - whether in editing or direction - of this product.

In addition, it saddens me to say that this isn't the strongest instalment of the Fabel series. I was surprised at how unsubtle the ending was. While the Fabel books are quite dark, they usually have a level of sophistication and innovation that seemed to be missing from this particular story. It will still be a 'must read' for a Fabel completist, but I wouldn't readily recommend it to a casual reader.