The Ghosts of Altona

  • by Craig Russell
  • Narrated by Peter Noble
  • 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jan Fabel is a haunted man. Head of the Polizei Hamburg's Murder Commission, Fabel has dealt with the dead for nearly two decades, but when a routine enquiry becomes a life-threatening - and life-changing - experience, he finds himself on much closer terms with death than ever before. 
Two years later Fabel's first case at the Murder Commission comes back to haunt him: Monika Krone's body is found at last, 15 years after she went missing. Monika - ethereally beautiful, intelligent, cruel - was the centre of a group of students obsessed with the gothic.
Fabel reopens the case. What happened that night when Monika left a party and disappeared into thin air? When men involved with Monika start turning up dead, Fabel realizes he is looking for a killer with both a hunger for revenge and a taste for the gothic.
What he doesn't know is that someone has been aiding and grooming a deranged escapee as his own personal tool for revenge. A truly gothic monster to be let loose on the world.

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What the Critics Say

"Russell scores highly with his atmospheric portrayal of Hamburg and its dark river Elbe, as well as with the intelligence of his plots." (The Times)
"Craig Russell is a great writer." (Peter James)

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Customer Reviews

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The ghost of a formerly decent writer

What disappointed you about The Ghosts of Altona?

I commented quite some time back that Craig Russell was was one of the best writers in this genre working today. Well not anymore based on this showing. The last book in the Jan Fabel series was also quite poor in my opinion but this book really did plumb the depths of unimaginative writing, poor plot construction with many strands poorly explained and terrible terrible ending. However, the cardinal sin is that the books big mystery was fairly obvious early into the book resulting in a long drawn out, unnecessary and poorly explained denouement.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

None


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No


Any additional comments?

Lets hope that Craig Russell doesn't destroy the Lennox books the same way he destroyed this series of books.

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- Joe

Not one his next

The narrator got a fair amount of abuse from listeners, which I cannot understand at all. Of course, one becomes used to a particular voice for certain authors but Peter Noble was very good I felt.

I have to say that the story was a little predictable and somewhat disappointing.
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- Stephen W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Quercus