Kriminalhauptkommissar Jan Fabel (half-Scottish, half-German) is a man of conscience and imagination. In his desperate attempt to solve the case before more victims are discovered, he gradually uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue. How can he track a murderer who leaves no trail, whose victims seem purposefully random and whose motive reaches far beyond greed and lust, into the darkest recesses of the human soul?
©2005 Craig Russell; (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd
This was my first Craig Russell book and I enjoyed it immensely. Think 'Rebus', but with a German twist. Russell paints vivid portraits of both the Hamburg Polizei, and the city itself. The plot is full of intrigue as Fabel attempts to track down the 'Son of Sven', and although some might suggest that the ending is predictable, this in no way detracts from the building sense of excitement. The only think I found confusing was the German propensity for abbreviations within their security services. What with GSG-9, MEK, and KSK, I didn't know where I was! As always, excellent reading and characterization by Sean Barrett.
hi, i find craig russel favel series narrated by sean barrett absolutely riveting. they are so different to the run of the mill crime stories where the detective has drinking problem and/or argues with seniors.. in these books favel is an experience officer who became a policeman because of an unfortunatl murder of a girlfriend while he was a student of history. he changes his focus from history to police work , specilising in particularly strange and sometime gory (but explain in a pleasant way without colourful language) murders . there is none of the 'f' and 'c' language that some authors think is necessary . the only time flavel utters an explitive is when any normal person would. i wish they were more of these books with sean barrett narrating.
Hmm, characters interesting, but story terrible! I have never heard/read such a grisley set of crimes in a detective book. The plot is utterly mad, thankfully. The author seems to have done some reasearch, but he's got carried away. Far from excting, I found the crimes to be so nasty as to be hard to listen to. I am a huge fan of the Larson books, so I can cope with some nasty, but this book seemed too souless for me, as if the 'good' detectives were just a cover for the author to revel in gore.... call me cynical. There wasn't much detection as such, just a LOT of death. I read the second one of these books too, for some silly reason, and it was even more over the top nasty. Not for me. Three stars because the reading is good, and the detectives are interesting, I would have liked far more about them, and less death!!
I can highly recommend all Craig Russell's books featured on here but especially his Fabel novels and Sean Barrett's narration just adds to the experience. Absolutely superb.
My first but definately not my last Craig Russel. Had me gripped from beginning to end. Every character in the story comes to life.
I am enjoying the listener page as I find other readers recommendations very helpful and refreshingly honest prior to choosing a new book.
I have read quite a few of Craig Russell's crime thrillers based in Glasgow and thoroughly enjoyed them so I thought I'd give this a go particularly as it is read by one of my top narrators Sean Barrett.
The story is based in Hamburg, Germany where several woman have fallen victim to a particularly vicious serial killer. The detective leading the case is half Scottish Jan Fabel and his team.
I found the German slightly tedious at times but I quite enjoyed the story I think there must be a sequel to this as it ends quite suddenly and all the ends are not all tied.
The constant repetition of the official police titles. They seem to take over the story.
I have to because I have also purchased Brother Grimm. If I had not I would say NO!
Nothing wrong with the narration. He can only narrate what he is given.
Boredom ! - Gory does not equal exciting.
Simply puzzled why people can rate this book so highly.
I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!
My first Craig Russell book chosen as it is read by the great Sean Barrett! I'd finished the Robotham and Nesbo series so needed something new and am I glad I found this! Great story keeps you gripped. Bit disappointed with the ending but already half way through book 2 and thoroughly enjoying that too! A great find and recommended read - Sean Barrett brings the characters to life - I'm hooked!
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