A girl's body lies, posed, on the pale sand of a Hamburg beach, a message concealed in her hand. 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.
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. As 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 our darkest, most fundamental fears. A predator who kills and then disappears into the shadows. A monster we all learned to fear in childhood.
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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 Craig Russell
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.
Brother Grimm by Craig Russell
Short-listed for CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2007
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