Wednesday, 15 June 2011

CRIME REVIEW: Jan Fabel 6: A Fear of Dark Water - Craig Russell

Release Date: 10/06/11


Just as a major environmental summit is about to start in Hamburg, a massive storm hits the city. When the flood waters recede, a headless torso is found washed up. Initially, Jan Fabel of the Murder Commission fears it may be another victim of a serial rapist and murderer who stalks his victims through internet social network sites, then dumps their bodies in waterways around the city. But the truth of the situation is far more complex and even more sinister. Fabel's investigations lead him to a secretive environmental Doomsday cult called 'Pharos', the brainchild of a reclusive, crippled billionaire, Dominik Korn. Fabel's skills as a policeman are tested to their utmost as he finds himself drawn into an unfamiliar, high tech world of cyberspace, where anyone can be anybody or anything they want. And he quickly realises that he is no longer the hunter, but the hunted.


I love a crime novel that takes me on an adventure that misguides as well as surprises me throughout. What Craig brings to the mix is a title that does all that but also throws in an unusual element to fascinate as well as confuse the reader. Add to this great writing, solid prose and a cracking pace which when wrapped with a mystery that keeps the reader guessing for the majority of the book and the reader will have a blast. Whilst this is the 6th Jan Fabel novel, all can be read as a standalone like the others and is trust me, once started you’ll be hooked.

All in, this is a great read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed, prepare for a late night, prepare for an adventure and prepare for a number of surprises that you won’t see coming which makes Craig a real mystery writer whose machinations create a cog turning world within the reader’s imagination.

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