This volume reprints issues #1-7 of the `New 52' Batman - Detective Comics series. This contains two stories, the four-part `Faces of Death', and a three-part `Russian Roulette'. This series appears to be set in an `earlier' period, as there is only Batman, with Alfred, Gordon and Bullock in the supporting cast, and no mention of any other Bat-family members, though that is not conclusive evidence. It is certainly not a `year one' scenario, as it is in the `New 52' Action Comics. `Faces of Death' is a blood-splattered grotesquery, the sort of thing we'd expect from Grant Morrison - although I have just remembered that the writer/artist on this book drew Morrison's blood-splattered grotesquerys, so he's entitled to draw his own; the second is a complicated heist / conspiracy story, which is tied back to the background characters of the first.
"Faces of Death " is a Joker story, though the main protagonist is the Dollmaker and his family of surgically altered loonies, who's own father was killed by a young Jim Gordon, and he's back for revenge on Gordon, who is bait in a trap to capture Batman, who is to be auctioned off, as well as using his surgical skills to remove the Joker's face.
`Russian Roulette' involves a complicated scam to rob the vaults of the Penguin's floating casino, which is also a front for his banking services to the criminal fraternity. Bruce Wayne's current girlfriend, who happens to be an investigative journalist, goes undercover to investigate, just as a major robbery, involving a family member, is underway...