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Publisher's Summary

Jan Fabel is a haunted 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-changing - experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before. 
Two years later Fabel's first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, 15 years after she went missing. Monika - ethereally beautiful, intelligent, cruel - was the centre of a group of students obsessed with the gothic.
Fabel reopens the case. What happened that night when Monika left a party and disappeared into thin air? When men involved with Monika start turning up dead, Fabel realizes he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for revenge and a taste for the gothic.
What he doesn't know is that someone has been aiding and grooming a deranged escapee as his own personal tool for revenge. A truly gothic monster to be let loose on the world.
©2015 Craig Russell (P)2015 WF Howes
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Critic Reviews

"Russell scores highly with his atmospheric portrayal of Hamburg and its dark river Elbe, as well as with the intelligence of his plots." (The Times)
"Craig Russell is a great writer." (Peter James)
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By Miriam on 09-21-15

Disappointing instalment in the Fabel series

The narration of this book contained some very strange pronunciations, stumbles and slips: and I don't believe it was an issue of translation or adaptation. The odd one is tolerable, but there were enough here for it to become annoying. A disappointing lack of attention to the narration - whether in editing or direction - of this product.

In addition, it saddens me to say that this isn't the strongest instalment of the Fabel series. I was surprised at how unsubtle the ending was. While the Fabel books are quite dark, they usually have a level of sophistication and innovation that seemed to be missing from this particular story. It will still be a 'must read' for a Fabel completist, but I wouldn't readily recommend it to a casual reader.

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By lorried on 04-13-17

missed Sean Barrett

really missed sean barret, my favourite narrator. really great listen otherwise. More jan fabel soon please Mr Russell

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By Joe on 11-24-15

The ghost of a formerly decent writer

What disappointed you about The Ghosts of Altona?

I commented quite some time back that Craig Russell was was one of the best writers in this genre working today. Well not anymore based on this showing. The last book in the Jan Fabel series was also quite poor in my opinion but this book really did plumb the depths of unimaginative writing, poor plot construction with many strands poorly explained and terrible terrible ending. However, the cardinal sin is that the books big mystery was fairly obvious early into the book resulting in a long drawn out, unnecessary and poorly explained denouement.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Lets hope that Craig Russell doesn't destroy the Lennox books the same way he destroyed this series of books.

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