(Paperback 4th June 2015)
Jan Fabel is a changed 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-altering - experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before.
Fabel's first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, fifteen years after she went missing. Monika - ethereally beautiful, intelligent, cruel - was the centre of a group of students obsessed with the gothic. Fabel re-opens the case. What happened that night, when Monika left a party and disappeared into thin air?
Meanwhile, Hamburg's most dangerous serial rapist has escaped from high-security prison. Fabel is convinced he had outside help, but from whom? His suspicions that the escape is connected to the discovery of Monika's body seem to lead to nothing when there are no sightings of the fugitive, but little can he imagine the real purpose for which this monster has been unleashed.
When men involved with Monika start turning up dead, the crime scenes full of gothic symbolism, Fabel realizes he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for vengeance and a terrifying taste for the macabre.
A true gothic demon is stalking the streets of Hamburg...
(Hardcover - 2 June 2011)
Just as a major environmental summit is about to start in Hamburg,
a massive storm hits the city. When the flood waters recede, a headless
torso is found washed up.
Fabel of the Murder Commission fears it may be another victim of
a serial rapist and murderer who stalks his victims through internet
social network sites, then dumps their bodies in waterways around
But the truth
of the situation is far more complex and even more sinister. Fabels
investigations lead him to a secretive environmental Doomsday cult
called Pharos, the brainchild of a reclusive, crippled
billionaire, Dominik Korn.
skills as a policeman are tested to their utmost as he finds himself
drawn into an unfamiliar, high tech world of cyberspace, where anyone
can be anybody or anything they want. And he quickly realises that
he is no longer the hunter, but the hunted.
'Jan Fabel is
a troubled man. His relationships with the women in his life are
becoming increasingly complicated: his partner, Susanne, is looking
for a deeper commitment. His daughter is considering joining the
police and his ex-wife holds him responsible.
If that weren¹t enough, after a gap of ten years, a female
serial killer - the Angel of St Pauli - again makes the headlines
when an English pop star is found in Hamburg's red-light district,
dying of the most savage knife wounds.
Links emerge with a series of apparently unrelated events. A journalist
murdered in Norway. The death of a Serbian gangster. And a long-forgotten
project by East Germany's Stasi conceived at the height of the Cold
War, involving a highly-trained group of female assassins, known
by the codename Valkyrie.
Fabel's hunt for the truth will bring him up against the most terrifyingly
efficient professional killer. The ultimate avenging angel.
soon realizes the real danger he faces in hunting the Valkyrie.
That he might just catch up with her.'
Fabel thought he was finished with death. Instead, while he is preparing
for a new career outside the police, a Cologne murder detective asks
for his help in tracking down the Carnival Cannibal, a terrifying
serial killer who has killed each year for three years at the start
of Cologne's world-famous annual Carnival. Maria Klee, Fabel's deputy,
is close to mental breakdown and on extended sick leave. Unknown to
anyone, Maria also heads for Cologne to hunt down a different, even
more dangerous killer. One with whom she has a score to settle.Taras
Buslenko, a Ukrainian special-forces commander prepares his hand-picked
undercover spetznaz unit for a 'black' operation into Cologne. Their
aim: to end, with extreme prejudice, the rule of an ex-pat Ukrainian
crime-boss of legendary cruelty. Their orders: to let nothing or nobody
get in their way. Three paths converging on Cologne at Carnival at
a time when the world is traditionally turned on its head and Chaos
rules. And everybody hides behind a mask. Fabel finds himself on a
trail of betrayal and vengeance, violence and death. And once more
faces his greatest enemy: the true Master of the Carnival.
high profile victims - a former Left-wing radical turned environmental
campaigner and a geneticist researching the possibility of inherited
memory - are found murdered within 24 hours of each other. Both men
have been scalped. Forensic tests reveal that single red hairs left
at each scene belong to neither victim, but were cut from the same
head - twenty years earlier. Jan Fabel and his murder team find themselves
under political and media pressure to track down a killer whom the
press has already christened 'The Hamburg Hairdresser'. Connections
in the victims' pasts begin to emerge, but Fabel's team is working
against the clock. Fabel is caught in a web of intrigue, obsession
and revenge that seemingly spans sixteen centuries. He must discover
the crucial link between an ancient mummified body, a long-disbanded
terrorist group and its infamous leader and a killer who believes
he has been reincarnated to exact a terrible revenge on those who
betrayed him in a previous life.
A girl's body lies, posed, on the pale sand of a Hamburg beach, a
message concealed in her hand. 'I have been underground, and now it
is time for me to return home...' Jan Fabel, of the Hamburg murder
squad, struggles to interpret the twisted imagery of a dark and brutal
mind. Four days later, a man and a woman are found deep in woodland,
their throats slashed deep and wide, the names 'Hansel' and 'Gretel',
in the same, tiny, obsessively neat writing, rolled tight and pressed
into their hands. It becomes clear that each new crime is a grisly
reference to folk stories collected almost two hundred years ago 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.
A predator who kills and then disappears into the shadows. A monster
we all learned to fear in childhood.
The message was
sent to Kriminalhauptkommissar Jan Fabel by email.
strange, is it not? I write and you read and we share the same moment.
Yet, as I write this, Herr Hauptkommissar, you sleep and my next
victim still lives. As you read it, she is already dead. Our dance
The same gruesome
ritualistic method of killing. The same mocking tone in the emails.
It all points to the same killer. But there is no precise evidence
to link the two cases, except for the tantalising email.
In BLOOD EAGLE,
Craig Russell introduces us to a new detective hero, Jan Fabel -
half-Scottish, half-German - a man of conscience and imagination.
has also created a richly textured scenario where the city of Hamburg
plays a central rôle - a city of contrasts and shadows.
is a violently exciting thriller. Fabel's desperate attempt to solve
the case before more victims are discovered 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