GLOBE AND MAIL, TORONTO
Reviewed by MARGARET CANNON
Book: Brother Grimm by Craig Russell
This is the
second novel by Russell set in Hamburg and featuring Inspector Jan
Fabel of the Hamburg Murder Squad. The first book, Blood Eagle,
introduced the major characters in the squad; most of them are carried
over into this novel, and a couple more added. No one can accuse
Russell of backsliding; this second book is as solidly researched
and carefully plotted as the first.
Fabel has a
murder on his hands. The corpse is a young girl, strangled and then
posed in a park. The only clue to her identity is a small piece
of paper, with even smaller writing, that refers to "underground
people." Her general description and age fit a young girl kidnapped
three years before, and Fabel and his team start with those bereaved
parents. Then there's one plot twist and another. Before the reader
(and Fabel) can catch up, there are two more murders, also with
notes and messages. Fabel's only clue is a novel in which one of
the Brothers Grimm is a serial killer -- very much like the one
who's out there, fulfilling a fantasy that Fabel can't understand.
is a novel to be read for thrills and chills, and those it delivers.