The first victim had her lungs ripped out. When another woman is found murdered in the same horrific and ritualistic way, it is clear that a serial killer is terrorising the city. But there is no precise evidence to link the two cases, except for a taunting email that threatens yet more killings. Detective Jan Fabel is haunted by the murders and their possible connection to a subsequent series of rapes by masked attackers. His desperate attempts to stop the killer before more victims are discovered, gradually uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue and violence. How can he track down a murderer who leaves no trail, whose victims seem purposefully random and whose motive reaches into the darkest recesses of the human soul? In his first crime novel, Craig Russell introduces us to a new detective hero, Jan Fabel - half-Scottish, half-German - a man of conscience and imagination. Russell has also created a richly textured scenario where the City of Hamburg plays a central role - it is a city where the old Germany combines increasingly with the new, where gangs from Turkey and the Ukraine battle for supremacy.
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. He now lives in the West of Scotland. His second novel, Brother Grimm, publishes in June 2006.