Four days later, a man and a woman are found deep in woodland, their throats slashed, the names "Hansel" and "Gretel" written on slips of paper pressed into their hands. As Jan Fabel, of the Hamburg murder squad, interprets this twisted imagery, it becomes clear that each new crime is a grisly reference to folk stories collected by the Brothers Grimm. The hunt is on for a serial killer who is exploring the darkest, most fundamental fears hidden in ancient fairy tales.
©2006 Craig Russell; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is the second Fabel book from the series that I have listened too, after The Blood Eagle. It was great that the old characters have been carried over to this later version, but nicely done so that the book is a story in its own right and not reliant on previous reading.
The story in cleverly told with the plot having a refreshingly good balance of being both unpredictable and believable. I can't wait for the next installment.
Thought it would be a struggle to find someone to compete with Steig Larsonn but Craig Russell is very close. Well constructed and believable key characters.
i found this book well written and well constructed. Craig Russell has been a good find,as in all his books so far he hasn't let me down. i must be honest and say i prefer the Flavel series over the Glasgow but having said that both are very good. he is definitely on my favourite author list. Sean Barrett as narrator is excellent.
After thoroughly enjoying Blood Eagle I continued on with the second title. Craig Russell continues to build on the characters from the 1st book with a very well done thriller! It had me guessing until the end. Recommended if you enjoyed his first book.
enjoyed this. narrator excellent as always with Barrett. storyline moved along well and held attention. love the breath of fresh air that is a detective with no booze problem. ..no relationship hassles...no deep dark hang ups and issues that make him a complicated complex character with horrendous background experiences. just a "normal" guy doing a job. ...makes a nice change from my recent reads. . ..well done Mr. Russell...
This was a very good story, excellently read by Sean Barrett.
I previously listened to 'A Fear of Dark Water' and liked it very much but I didn't realise it was part of a series, so I tried this earlier book and was just as impressed this time around.
Jan Fabel is a good character to follow through these pages of horrific murders, police investigations, raids and the odd red herring; there are a couple of over the top moments, but for the most part, this was a very enjoyable book.
I started listening to audiobooks at night during bouts of insomnia. I enjoy crime fiction, interesting biographies but will try anything.
I revisited this book and enjoyed it just as much. The combination of the story and narration evoked the smells of baking and hot sugar.
This is the second of the Fabel books, and the second I've heard. As other people have said, the detective characters are fairly interesting and the setting in Germany is different. Sean Barrett reads it well as always.
I sort of enjoyed the first book, the detectives are engaging, though the crimes were very horrible, and ridiculous. I bought this one thinking the subject matter couldn't be as gory and unbelievable as that one, but I was wrong. This book is almost unrelentingly grim. Maybe if I had read it myself I wouldn't have found it so unpleasant, but listening to Sean Barrett whispering in my ear made the nasty subject matter hard to take. It is both laughably silly and horrible at the same time. I listen to a lot of crime fiction, but this just put me off with the author's show-off, over the top descriptions of the killings from the killer's point of view and all that stuff about The Grimms Fairytales. Boring and just plain unpleasant. I think I need a week with some Dorothy Sayers to recover! Hopefully this one will be as forgetable as the usual crime fiction, but I fear the final scene will stay with me for a while, not thrilling, just unimaginatively gross. The guy can write, but I won't be buying any more of his shlock horror stuff. I really don't understand the comparisons to Stieg Larson, Craig Russell's writing has non of Larson's moral strength, character development, plot and lots of other things. Neither are they easy listens from my perspective. Not for the feint hearted like me!
"Dark and Fascinating."
I really enjoyed this one. The narrator added a really dark dimension to an already disturbing story. Surprisingly deep and filled with interesting observations and theories this book really kept me interested for start to finish. I immediately went out and bought another audio book by the same author.
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