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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd.; New Ed edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099484226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099484226
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,075,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A blood-curdlingly clever plot ... thoughtful and imaginative" The Times "Sympathetic cop characters and meticulous scattering of clues leading to an unnerving outcome ... Gripping" -- Gerald Kaufman Scotsman "Exquisitely plotted, blindingly original" Scottish Daily Record "A gorgeous, grisly serial-killer tale that will have you on the edge of your seat " Express "If you're looking for a distinctive and exciting new voice in crime fiction, then look no further than Craig Russell. This is gritty, authentic and disturbing stuff" -- Mo Hayder

About the Author

Craig Russell was born in 1956, in Fife, Scotland. He served as a police officer and worked in the advertising industry as a copywriter and creative director. Russell, who speaks German and has a long-standing interest in post-war German history and society, has been a freelance writer for twelve years; Brother Grimm is his second novel. He now lives in the West of Scotland.

More About the Author

Craig Russell is the author of the Fabel thrillers, featuring the head of the Homicide Squad in Hamburg, Germany, and the Lennox series, set in the 1950s Glasgow underworld. His novels have been translated into twenty-three languages worldwide and dramatized for television and radio.
The only non-German to be awarded the highly prestigious Polizeistern by the Polizei Hamburg, he was nominated for the 2007 CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger and the SNCF Prix Polar in France. In 2008, he won the CWA Dagger in the Library.
The first television adaptation in Germany of a Jan Fabel novel attracted an audience of six million viewers.

Official website: http://www.craigrussell.com
About Me page: http://about.me/craig.russell
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TheCraigRussell

Customer Reviews

The story and the plot itself, is very well made up.
Bo Østergaard Jepsen
Perhaps Russell had had enough but the actual denouement left me feeling that there should have been more to it.
JAYESSE
I am really looking forward to continuing on with the series.
Yolanda S. Bean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bo Østergaard Jepsen on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought that Mr. Russels first novel "Blood Eagle" was not only very well written, fleshing out nicely the characters, giving them faces and thoughts and all, but also stuctured in a way that more reflected reality than you would normally expect from a whodunnit novel.

His second book, "Brother Grimm" is even better. It follows the same team of Hamburg murder detectives as "Blood Eagle", Jan Fabel and his murder commission officers. Once again the writing is spot on, captivating, and yet somehow manages to give this police thriller another dimension. A dimension of litterature really (in lack of better words anyway). The author does seem to be particularly fond of the words "azure blue", which he uses two times on the opening page and more throughout the novel.

The story and the plot itself, is very well made up. We're kept guessing till the very end who the grim murderer is, and along the way we're led through many a wild goose chase, but it dosen't subtract or lessen the pace or 'feel' one bit, it actually adds to it.

A very good thing about this novel is, that you can reed as a stand alone adventure without having read the first story about the Hamburg murder commission team. Of course having read the first novel will only add to the experience, but it is not a must.

To reiterate: well written, well thought out, well plotted, very recommendable.
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An interesting premise, twists and turns a plenty and the familiar team of Russell's Hamburg novel. A solid read with the bonus of a dose of German culture. I've got the next one on my list to buy.
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By JAYESSE on August 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second in Russell's sequence of German set police procedurals.
As in the first,we are presented with a serial killer with an agenda and the agenda is to do with Grimm's fairy tales.

(As an aside because of this book I did get a copy of the original,unedited or unrevised Grimm's tales with the gore intact and fairy tales will never be quite the same again!)
We are given more insight into Fabel's (our hero) team and Fabel himself which is something Russell does really well,for me it adds and never detracts.
Once again I end up referring to google to check the many literary and architectural references that are made in the text...again it adds to the story for me. (It isn't necessary to do as the story is just fine without those details)

So why the 4 stars and not 5, well, I would say that it's because the story is so good that the catching of the bad guy (or guys,no spoilers) comes as a bit of a let down. Perhaps Russell had had enough but the actual denouement left me feeling that there should have been more to it.
However...if you haven't read it then do...in fact read all his books they really are worth the read.

By the way there is one very short scene which is,for me,the most skin crawling thing I have ever seen written.
Not gory,not violent,no blood, no action, it's just words......and if you read it you may spot it. Enjoy!
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By becky on July 29, 2013
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make sure you read blood eagle first Characters are quite good. Just as in blood eagle o glossed over the german words.
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Plot: People are being killed and posed in Hamburg - posed like characters from Grimm's fairy tales. All we know about the culprit is that he is a big man. Unfortunately quite a few people meeting this description wander through the detective's life at this time - giving him all too many suspects. Fabel has to figure this out before it comes comes to an even worse end.

Firstly let me say that I really, really enjoyed this. Being a lover of mythology and history, anything along this line really gets me in. And, once again, the author has produced an great travelogue of some of the places to see in Hamburg. I really enjoy that sense of elsewhere.

The characters in this book are also beautifully crafted. The police carry the emotional and physical injuries of cases past, while the villains are psychotic and brutal.

In respect to grammar, typos and editting I can find no flaw.

Make no mistake, this is a dark and psychological book. And in what is a bit of a recurring theme in a couple of his novels the author questions how people create their own realities.

A big thumbs up here - buy it and read it.
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By Srdjan Pesic on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This marvelous, second entry in this exceptional series, might be even better than the first one. That doesn't happen too often. Mr. Russell's crime novels are the perfect indictment of the times we live in. In a desperate chase for money and goods, we forgot to live and connect. Thus the paradox of richness deeply eaten by poverty of soul. We are still eagerly awaiting for the brave thinker, to show us the way. Oh boy, are we lost?
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