Author: Craig Russell, 2009.
Genre: Police Procedural. Euro Crime. Politics.
Other Details: ebook. 420 pages.
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 responsible.
If 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 wounds. Links 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 Valkyrie. Fabel's hunt for the truth will bring him up against the most terrifyingly efficient professional killer. The ultimate avenging angel. - synopsis from author's website.
This was an excellent crime thriller with the political and social themes that have been a major part of this series. The appearance of a female serial killer had some resonance for me with Alexandra Sokoloff's Huntress though here the figure remains more of a shadowy presence rather than a major character in the narrative.
Russell managed to twist and turn situations in the plot in a highly satisfying way and delivered a stunning climax. This is a terrific series and I expect I shall move on to Book 6, the final book to date, fairly soon.
Extract from The Valkyrie Song