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Brother Grimm (Jan Fabel #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  1,167 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
A girl's body lies, posed, on the pale sand of a Hamburg beach, a message concealed in her hand. 'I have been underground, and now it is time for me to return home...'

Jan Fabel, of the Hamburg Murder Squad, struggles to interpret the twisted imagery of a dark and brutal mind. Four days later, a man and a woman are found deep in woodland, their throats slashed deep and wide
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Arrow (first published 2006)
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Frank Derby No. Not at all. But reading this one makes me want to go back and read the first.
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May 09, 2013 Lénia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A ideia-base está bem orquestrada. Não percebi quem era o assassino... até ter feito o que faço muitas vezes: fui ler a última página do livro, que tem apenas 6 linhas. E ali, bem visível, o nome do assassino e o desfecho da história. Escritores, a sério... há muita gente que, como eu, tem a mania de ler a última página antes de tempo. Não ponham lá os nomes dos assassinos. Tira a piada toda à coisa... Foi o que me aconteceu. Depois de ficar a saber quem era o culpado, li o resto do livro apenas ...more
Feb 25, 2010 Miriam rated it it was amazing
A crime novel set in Hamburg. Normally, that's two very good reasons for me to not even turn the first page but, hell, I was bored. So I started reading away anyways, not expecting to be remotely interested or touched even peripherally, and the next thing I knew was that it was 6 a.m. and I found myself quite unable to put the damn book down.

It has been noted before that the author throws around a fair amount of german vocabulary and, yes, it bothered me as well. And it didn't make any differenc
Max California
Nov 03, 2009 Max California rated it it was ok
Ugh. This book had so much going for it, it really did. The storyline was great, it was just written so badly it was difficult to read!

The majot failing of this book was the constant referring to things in German, I don't speak German, so i'd just skim over the words. Or I'd read them, and try to think of a word that was similar to it.

Needless to say this made the story confusing!

Another thing that peeved me was the reference to the main character in the novel by his full police title in german
Apr 25, 2011 apple rated it it was amazing
Mein Gott! I'll never look at Disney princesses and their fairy godmothers the same way again
Jul 30, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it
I found this to be an unusual approach to a serial killer story. For one thing, it is set in Germany, and all the aspects of the story - names, places, culture, investigative style - are unrepentently German. I don't say that as a criticism. In fact the logic-based, methodical way of investigating that the team hunting this killer employ is actually quite refreshing in comparison to the car-chase, fist-fight, over-the-top approach that American murder stories tend to employ. This was a very ...more
Jun 25, 2008 Dave rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It's funny how the setting of a book can drastically change your impressions of it. This book, for example, takes place in Germany. More specifically, Hamburg.

Now, because I'm lazy I haven't done much research into this book, so I have no idea if the author is German, or if this book is a translation of another German book, or if he's American and just decided to set this book in Germany for whatever reason. Anything's possible.

However, being set in Germany, as I read I would run across passage
Dec 23, 2015 Heidy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich wollte einen Krimi lesen und als solcher wurde mir dieses Buch "verkauft". Ich fand das Buch teilweise auch interessant und spannend, nur diese ganze Märchengeschichte hat mir wirklich nicht gefallen, am allerwenigsten die Aufloesung am Ende... - Ok, im Englischen heißt das Buch "Brother Grimm"und dem Titel wird es ja wohl auch gerecht, weniger allerdings meinen Erwartungen an einen guten Krimi.

Ein früherer Kommentar zum gleichen Buch von mir (als ich ca. ein Drittel gelesen hatte):

I know L
Willem van den Oever
Introducing the body of the (first) victim in an unusual or interesting way in any mystery-novel, helps hook the reader. But to keep this theme running and the reader hooked for the next couple of hundred pages, seems to be one of the hardest tasks for any crime-writer. Luckily, Craig Russell, while not delivering a literary masterpiece with ‘Brother Grimm’, keeps the reader racing through the pages of his 400+ paged novel. The pacing is high, the characters – thank to some done to death clichés ...more
Josue Salvador
May 21, 2016 Josue Salvador rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Me he divertido muchísimo hilando esta oscura historia.” Confiesa Russell en los agradecimientos al final de esta novela. Y no podía yo describirla mejor, es justo la palabra que ha rondado en mi mente desde el inicio, una historia, una novela oscura, neblinosa. Desde que me puse a leerla noté un talento especial en el autor para transmitir la atmósfera y las acciones. Además incluye algo de historia, crítica social y política, sobre todo reflexiona, mira nada más, hasta se da tiempo de ...more
Świetny thriller z GENIALNĄ OKŁADKĄ. Dawno nie widziałam równie klimatycznej i estetycznej!

Pierwsze skojarzenie po rozpoczęciu lektury - podobieństwo do "Milczenia owiec". Wyraźnie zarysowane sylwetki bohaterów. Każdy ma swój charakter. Jest kimś. Ma swoje wspomnienia, sympatie i pasje. Zaczynamy rozumieć tych ludzi. Akceptować ich zachowania. Myśleć ich rozumem.

Poza tym autor bardzo często skłania nas do refleksji nad rzeczywistością i fikcją. Czy tak naprawdę się różnią? Co możemy nazwać rzec
Mar 25, 2015 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novela policiaca. Intriga, asesinatos, sospechosos, investigadores... Todo lo habitual en historias de este tipo. Pero hay en esta algo que destaca: los crímenes están relacionados con los Cuentos de los Hermanos Grimm. La trama es normal pero sí tiene algo que te hace querer seguir leyendo. Es un libro ágil, no te estancas 80 páginas para avanzar nada y menos en la historia. Algo que me gustó mucho es que los capítulos son narrados en tercera persona por un narrador omnisciente, lo cual hace ...more
Alexandra Rolo
Aug 10, 2016 Alexandra Rolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan Fabel #2
Autor: Craig Russell
Editora: Bertrand


Se pensam que vão encontrar aqui fadas e princesas enganem-se. Este policial começa com um corpo abandonado na areia e uma estranha mensagem...

Apesar de ser parte de um conjunto de livros, funciona bem sozinho já que a história central começa e acaba com este livro. Provavelmente tem uma linha condutora com os restantes mas isso limita-se à personagem principal (Jan Fabel) e a sua vida pessoal.

Esta foi sem sombra de dúvida uma boa escolha
Sep 14, 2010 Danelle rated it it was amazing
This is a chilling book that I only found because I was looking for things on fairytales for class. Turns out the way the character Jan Fabel describes the fairytales in relation to the german language helped me understand what I wanted from my homework assignment.

This is a really good book with lots of interesting plot twist, leaving you not sure how to feel in some cases. Though I must say I did see the last little bit coming but that was only because I'd been studying fairytales and have been
Jul 10, 2012 Yami rated it really liked it
i enjoyed reading this novel, the idea of using Grimm's collections as theme for a serial killer was interesting, although the pattern the killer choose was a little confusing, but hey! he is a mad psychopath after all, a nice read, and with a good back ground about the origin of the stories and the psychology behind it add to a sprinkle of history, yet serving it's main genre CRIME/Mystery with a good thrill good plot and appealing inspecting team, u would be guessing through out the whole ...more
Nilam Suri
May 08, 2011 Nilam Suri rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
there's fairy tales, and then there's serial killer. Oh my, what a perfect kind of book for me xD
and there's also the history about the fairy tales, and variations of them.

the criminal part's also engaging, not over done, but good. you can feel the creep on your neck while reading this book...

i like it.
Barış Erdem
Mar 12, 2012 Barış Erdem rated it it was amazing
Craig Russell'ın eserlerinin bir kere tadına vardınız mı bırakmak mümküm olmuyor, yine kurgusu ve karakterleri son derece sağlam bir başyapıt daha,kesinlikle kaçırmayın derim.
May 14, 2012 Babete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tenha medo, tenha muito medo, há contos que até assustam adultos!
Lauren Ferguson
Oct 21, 2016 Lauren Ferguson rated it liked it
Ho hum. Dialogue ranges from acceptable to remarkably bland - all of the trope characters speak the same, which can be rather frustrating at times. The same goes for descriptive scenes of geography and other characters that feels as though the author is ticking off a checklist of information to be transmitted. The story itself, the murders and their conclusion, is wonderfully constructed and rather unique. I'd like to read more from Craig Russell in the hopes that his style improves with ...more
Nov 10, 2016 Giesela1000 rated it liked it
Mostly I liked this book because it wasn't set in New York or LA or even in the US or UK. But in Hamburg GE. Love to hear about new places and cultures while still reading mystery fiction.
Liked the background on the Grimm brother tales and fables.
Liked the main character and his team, seemed like an ok plot.
Jun 18, 2013 Seshat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este não era definitivamente o livro que deveria ter lido depois de Gabriel García Márquez...

Apesar da insipidez do estilo de escrita de Russell, bom, mas banal, sem grande beleza, bem distante da assertividade narrativa de Márquez, esse não foi o maior problema de "O Irmão Grimm".

A premissa é excelente: tudo começa com o cadáver de uma jovem abandonado na praia, seguido alguns dias depois de um casal de amantes degolados e com uma referência aos contos dos irmãos Grimm. Em breve novos crimes su
Rosario (
When the murdered body of a young girl is found on a beach near-Hamburg, a paper stating her name is Paula Ehlers clutched in her hand, Kriminalhauptkommissar Jan Fabel and his team initially take this at face value. Paula has been missing for 3 years, and the dead girl looks about what you'd expect Paula to look 3 years later. But then it turns out the body isn't that of Paula. A few days later, two more people are found dead, with similar pieces of paper in their hands. They, the papers state, ...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Jul 21, 2014 Πάνος Τουρλής rated it really liked it
Δε θα ξαναδιαβάσω παραμύθια. Ποτέ!!!! Με αυτό το βιβλίο δίνεται μια άλλη, τρομακτική διάσταση στα ασφαλή καταφύγια που μας δημιουργούσαν οι ψευδαισθήσεις των παραμυθιών όταν ήμαστε παιδιά. Είναι το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα τον αστυνομικό Φάμπελ (το επίθετό του ταιριάζει πολύ στην υπόθεση, Φάμπελ=μύθος) με αρκετές αναφορές στο πρώτο, τον Αιμάτινο αετό.
Εδώ έχουμε έναν κατά συρροή δολοφόνο που αναπαριστά τα θύματά του όπως στα παραμύθια: Νεραϊδόπαιδο, Ραπουνζέλ, Κοκκινοσκουφίτσα, Χάνσελ κ
Oct 21, 2011 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Brother Grimm” is the second book in Craig Russell’s series featuring Jan Fabel. And although I don’t usually like to read books about gory and bloody serial killers, this book has a lot more substance to it than your typical serial killer novel. Strong characters, a plot that is complex and kept me guessing, and a flowing pace that is just right for a crime/mystery book. I’m glad there are a few more books yet to read in this series.

Jacket notes: “A girl's body lies, posed, on the pale sand of
What an amazingly strong sequel!! I think I enjoyed this follow-up more even than the first book in the series, Blood Eagle. This may, in part, be due to my own love of fairy tales. Russell impeccably weaves the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales into this murder mystery without adding a hokey or downright silly tone to the novel at all. It’s a riveting story and the plot certainly takes some unpredictable twists. Though there are plenty of clues thrown in to help reveal the killer’s true identity, Rus ...more
Carla Coelho
Um policial que tem como ponto de partida a recolha de contos de fadas levada a cabo pelos irmãos Grimm. É sabido que essas narrativas têm um sentido muito diverso do que lhes foi dado pela versão açucarada de Walt Disney. As diversas versões dos contos de fadas eram histórias de alerta e aviso, condensando a sabedoria popular e também os seus medos. O seu sentido real é oculto e tem sido objecto de discussões desde há séculos. Bruno Bettelhem fez a ligação destes contos é sexualidade na obra A ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Paola rated it really liked it
Cuentos de hadas, asesinatos y Hamburgo, una fórmula que me obligó a leer este libro.

La parte que no me agradó fue el hecho de que el autor pusiera tantas palabras en alemán, como los rangos policiacos y nombres de instituciones. No es el hecho de que el autor pretenda darle un tono más alemán al mismo libro, de hecho éso es realmente admirable y demuestra el compromiso de Craig de que su historia fuera lo más realista posible; lo que realmente me molesta es que tanto el autor como la casa edit
Aug 01, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
I read Blood Eagle first, couldn't wait to read the second case of Hauptkommissar Jan Fabel - Brother Grimm. Actually, useful to know that the Jan Fabel books can be read out of sequence - however you'll have a richer experience if you read them in the right order as you'll be able to follow the evolution of Fabel and his team as they learn, stumble, almost break - while always hunting a serial killer.

This time around the killer's victims are inspired by the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. Rid
Feb 02, 2013 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I most definitely recommend everyone to read this book.
Jan Fabel is the protagonist of the book, a murder detective of the Hamburg Police whose latest case is a serial killer who themes his murders on the Grimm fairy tales.
I originally came across this book on GoodReads when I was looking for books that were themed around fairy-tales So when I found this I was delighted. But not as much as I was as when I began reading it. (I should note that I have since discovered that this is the second part
Violet Aderes
It wasn’t great, and it wasn’t bad. It was good.

Great way to show history of brothers’ Grimm’s legends and stories. That was nice move, connecting murders and legends.

Although, I have to admit, I was forcing myself to read this book, because not only I had strange feeling I have started reading it, but never finished (somehow). The reason was not obvious, why I felt like this is not something I would read about. Despite of some things which are true about real life, nowadays, demons inside all o
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“The major part of the meeting had been devoted to allocating resources to the various investigative tasks, the first of which was to get almost everyone on the job of identifying the dead girl.
The dead girl. Fabel was steadfastly committed to uncovering her identity, but it was that moment he dreaded most:
when the body became a person and the case number became a name.”
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