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Jan Fabel is the lead character of the “Jan Fabel” series of novels by Craig Russell the British short story writer and novelist. The debut novel of the ongoing Jan Fabel series was “Blood Eagle” that was published in 2005. The series of novels are generally classified as mystery/detective thrillers.

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Order of Jan Fabel Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Blood Eagle ( By: Craig Russell) 2005 Description / Buy
2 Brother Grimm ( By: Craig Russell) 2006 Description / Buy
3 Eternal ( By: Craig Russell) 2007 Description / Buy
4 The Carnival Master ( By: Craig Russell) 2008 Description / Buy
5 The Valkyrie Song ( By: Craig Russell) 2009 Description / Buy
6 A Fear Of Dark Water ( By: Craig Russell) 2011 Description / Buy
7 The Ghosts of Altona ( By: Craig Russell) 2015 Description / Buy
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Jan Fabel is a modern day detective that works as Principal Chief Commissar known as Kriminalhauptkommisar in German. As Commissar, he heads the Murders Squad (Mordkommission) of the Hamburg Metropolitan Police. Fabel studied history before he trained as a police officer, and is half German half Scottish. He tends to work on cases that typically have a strong mythological or historical element.

The first novel of the series “Blood Eagle” opens to Fabel investigating gruesome ritualistic killings that clearly indicated a serial killer was responsible. But the problem was while the two cases are similar in their gruesomeness, there was no clue to link them together except for a teasing email he stumbles upon.

He sets out to find the brutal killer before he can take out more victims. He does not succeed as even more victims are discovered every few days. What follows is an intriguing story of murder as Fabel tracks down a man that leaves behind no clues and is seemingly not motivated by lust or greed but pure hate. The novel is an exciting thriller that won the author a Police Star Award from the Hamburg Police.


The “Jan Fabel” series of novels has been nominated and won several awards over the years. The author was awarded the Polizeistern award in 2007, being the only non-German to ever get the top police award. In 2007, Russell made the shortlist for the CWA Gold Dagger Award for the novel “Eternal” and won the CWA Dagger for “The Carnival Master” in 2008.


Ghosts of Altona: The seventh title in the series is one of the most highly regarded. Fabel has been dealing with some of the most complex homicide cases for nearly twenty years. But he now finds himself in a life altering and life threatening situation when performing what should have been a routine inquiry.

One of his oldest cases of a beautiful girl named Monika Krone that went missing more than fifteen years past has just been reactivated with the discovery of her body. Meanwhile, one of the city’s most dangerous serial rapists just broke out of prison, and Fabel believes he may have had something to do with the discovery of girl’s body. Suddenly men that had been involved with Monika start showing up dead making for one terrifying yet thrilling Gothic thriller.

The Valkyrie Song: The second novel of the series is another very popular title that opens to Jan Fabel dealing with complicated personal relationships. Susanne his partner wants more commitment from him while his daughter just announced that she will be joining the police force leaving his ex-wife furious and blaming him.

His professional life is not any better as the Angel of St Pauli, a decade old case of female serial killer seems to be back with a vengeance. Moreover, he has to juggle this with a shadowy group code named the Valkyrie conceived by the Nazis, which seems to have something to do with the serial killer.

Brother Grimm: The second novel in the series is another incredible novel in the series that has Jan Fabel trying to resolve a case of a killer with a dark and twisted mind. The serial killer tends to leave cryptic messages in the hands of his victims that he often references to the Brothers Grimm. He is a killer that loves to play on the most fundamental and darkest of human fear who comes out to kill and vanish into the shadows.


Many fans of the “Jan Fabel” series of novels also love the “Darby McCormick” series of novels by Chris Mooney. The novels are detective mysteries about Darby McCormick a Boston Police CSI that has to resolve some of the toughest of cases while dealing with the nightmares of her past.

Fans of the “Jan Fabel” series also like the “Jacob Striker” series of novels by Sean Slater. These are detective thrillers following the adventures of Jacob Striker, a homicide detective who deals with murders that seemingly have no motive.

What Is The Next Book in The Jan Fabel Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Jan Fabel Series. The newest book is The Ghosts of Altona and was released on June, 4th 2015.


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