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The Valkyrie Song Jan Fabel is a troubled man His relationships with the women in his life are becoming increasingly complicated his partner Susanne is looking for a deeper commitment His daughter is considering joining the police and his ex wife holds him responsibleIf that weren't enough after a gap of ten years a female serial killer the Angel of St Pauli again makes the headlines when an English pop star is found in Hamburg's red light district dying of the most savage knife woundsLinks emerge with a series of apparently unrelated events A journalist murdered in Norway The death of a Serbian gangster And a long forgotten project by East Germany's Stasi conceived at the height of the Cold War involving a highly trained group of female assassins known by the codename ValkyrieFabel's hunt for the truth will bring him up against the most terrifyingly efficient professional killer The ultimate avenging angel It is good with lots of twists and turns and it is a page turner I can envision myself reading this book again Some details were lost to me because I was so eager to finish the book and there were so many german sounding names and places and there are many characters to keep track of I guess my one complaint would be that Craig calls women attractiveprettygood looking way too often It is as though only pretty women were worthy to be included in the story which is sexist and grating and obvious to the reader An excellent crime thriller and with its theme of a female serial killer had some resonance with the Huntress thrillers though not with so sympathetic a antagonist Russell managed to twist and turn situations in the lot and managed uite a climax This is a terrific series and I expect I shall move on to Book 6 soon I love the Jan Fabel series but there's an element of Basil Fawlty's Don't mention the war to the novels which means of course it's there in the background all the time and I wonder whether this has to do with the writer being British not German? Which is a bit hypocritical of me since part of what attracts me to the novels is my own obsession with WWII Finished this book and have moved on already to the next one the advantage of coming to a series late They are compulsive reading for sure and I am very fond now of Jan Fabel and his Hamburg murder suad various other supporting characters z too the bookseller friend from university days for eg all well developed Still not too fond of Susanne though I've learned to tolerate her presence in Fabel's life and Russell doesn't dwell too much on their relationship When he does however it's realistic I like that Fabel is a nice guy professional and widely admired though prone to self doubt Not without humour either He's well adjusted drinks little fear of loss of control and gets on with others including colleagues and for the most part his superiors so not the usual troubled or damaged detective Fabel has a good life and yet he isn't all that happy though usually the demands of his job provide distraction Although he and Susanne have been living together for two years by now still he misses his old flat the one with the stupendous view His work is his focus and everything else must give way Luckily Susanne seems happy enough with what she has and I like that about her that she doesn't force Fabel to choose The cases are complex but not too much to understand there are plenty of twists and surprises though careful reading allows the reader to work out what's going on before the police do due to our advantage of the criminals' perspectives This means even the worst of them can be seen as human beings not simply monsters I like too the way Russell's characters develop and change through the series reflecting the difficult work they do the horrors they must deal with real physical danger faced And the way history weaves into the stories reflecting Germany's and Europe's dark pastI was amused when Russell has one of his characters comment upon the tendency of Brits to dwell on the past and be obsessed with WWII see above I was reminded of Deutschland 83 with the Stasi project involving the Valkyrie three female assassins selected and trained to fight the Cold War I love reading about murder in Hamburg I just wish the books in this series were available in US libraries so I didn't need to buy the ebooks from uk Although they're worth every penny Reading the adventures of Jan Fabel is very interesting the case is very mysterious and macabre that Jan Fabel faced at a crossroads that he will have to know how to solve so that people do not die Another great book from craig russell Detective fable up against trained assasins cool This book was a great read for many many reasons of which I shall list belowIt keeps me guessing as to who was the serial killermurderer who was the assassin and who was the crazy nut that kept terrorizing peopleI love the variety of strong female characters in this book and I am one who is a sucker for 'em The female characters in this book are strong in a sense that they are all intelligent in where they know how to apply their strong suits to defeat the enemyMost of the main or key characters have some flaws in them which makes them an even awesome character to read about For example There are others but I thought I'd list down a few Anna Wolff She is strong and fearless yet she has anger management issuesJan Fabel He is a gentleman but being a gentleman stands in his way in this book for him to properly analyze the female killersMargarethe Paulus Smart beautiful yet pyschologically unbalancedI also liked how the POV changes throughout the book from the serial killer to the assassin to Jan Fabel and how it seems to be messy and unorganized at first but as you read through it all starts to fall into place and connect with each otherAfter reading this I realized that this is the 5th book in a series LIKE WHAT? No wonder the book never answered about this one subordinate that Jan had who had a mental breakdown I was like waiting and waiting for it The book's premise features three lethal Valkyries an East German deadly female group is uniue and they are dangerous They were taken by the Stasi the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic East Germany as young teenagers and trained to be deadly People are being murdered and Fable is looking for these trained womenGreat story a look back at east German military This fifth book in Russell’s Jan Fabel series revolves all around women even some women killers It’s a fascinating story with an interesting blend of gender issues history politics and even corporate intrigue The actual series characters play a surprisingly minor role against this rather busy backdrop Jan has moved in with Susanne after all rather surprising considering the events in The Carnival Master and without any discussion Anna’s role in particular lends a rather discordant note alongside her relationship with Fabel built over the previous four novelsBut the book’s premise featuring these lethal Valkyries an East German and much deadly variation of Charlie’s Angels is certainly uniue Russell’s meticulous plotting works so well here and keeps these various plot elements from becoming confused or disjointed The gore and genuine terror that feature so prominently in earlier novels is lessened here but the suspense is most certainly not depleted in any way The plot twists and turns with some genuine surprises along the way to its exciting conclusion I’m as excited as ever to see where the next book will go

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