Top positive review
on 12 December 2011
I have just re-emerged back into the real world having been trapped up in my bedroom with this book superglued to my hand for the last 200 pages! Brilliant stuff!!
Only just missed out on 5 stars for me but for reasons I can't say, as too give anything away in crime fiction is..well a crime.
What I loved was the setting, the story, the personalities and that it avoided so many of the crime cliches. This is not a story of a maverick detective who though he solves a complex murder case every 6 months is loathed by his boss! Nor is it the story of a lone detective that everyone things is a crackpot because he follows his instinct rather than an obvious trail of clues.
No this is a story about a highly professional kriminalhauptkommissar (you've got to love that title!) who leads an expert team of police men and women through a highly complex case which seems to somehow link serial murder, right wing politics, corruption and gangland organised crime. What is going on out there? Read it find out I doubt you will be disappointed!
If like me me, you are coming to this series after Russel's other series of Glasgow based thrillers (Lennox) this is very different in feel. More complex and serious and set in comtempory Munich rather than the 50's. But If you have enjoyed Lennox or perhaps Kerr's Bernie Gunther stories I think you also like these.
I am feeling chuffed because I pretty much bought the enitre series in one job lot! I am tempted to lock myself in a room with them and just give Christmas a miss this year!