(Jan Fabel: book 3): a brutal and breathtakingly ingenious thriller you won’t be able to forget…


This dark, atmospheric and spine-tingling crime thriller from the mind of prizewinning and bestselling author Craig Russell will get right under the skin. If you like Stuart MacBride, James Oswald and Ian Rankin, then this is perfect for you.

'Gritty, authentic and disturbing stuff' - Mo Hayder

'A bloodcurdlingly clever plot... thoughtful and imaginative' -- The Times
'This really is the best crime thriller I've read in a very long time' -- ***** Reader review
'There are books that immerse you from the beginning and stay with you long after you have finished them - Russell's work does just that'-- ***** Reader review
'Riveting from the outset'-- ***** Reader review
'Intelligent, intriguing and involving'-- ***** Reader review


Two high profile victims - a former Left-wing radical turned environmental campaigner and a prominent geneticist - are found murdered within 24 hours of each other.

Both men have been scalped.

Forensic tests reveal that single red hairs left at each scene belong to neither victim, but were cut from the same head - twenty years earlier. Jan Fabel and his murder team find themselves under political and media pressure to track down a killer whom the press has already christened 'The Hamburg Hairdresser'.

Connections in the victims' pasts begin to emerge, but Fabel's team is working against the clock and he is caught in a web of intrigue, obsession and revenge that seemingly spans sixteen centuries.

He must discover the crucial link between an ancient mummified body, a long-disbanded terrorist group and its infamous leader and a killer who believes he has been reincarnated to exact a terrible revenge on those who betrayed him in a previous life.


  • Russell is a master of terrors
    Northern Echo

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