Craig Russell (British author)

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Craig Russell is a British-born novelist and short story writer. His Hamburg-set thriller series featuring detective Jan Fabel has been translated into 23 languages. Russell speaks fluent German and has a special interest in post-war German history. His books, particularly the Fabel series, tend to include historical or mythological themes.

Craig Russell
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Occupation Novelist
Genre Fiction: Thriller, Crime, historical

In February 2007, Russell was awarded the Polizeistern (Police Star) by the Hamburg Police, the only non-German ever to have received this accolade. In June 2007, Russell was shortlisted for the £20,000 CWA Duncan Lawrie Gold Dagger, the world's largest literary prize for crime fiction. He was the winner of the 2008 CWA Dagger in the Library.[1]


The novels Craig Russell has written include:[2]

Jan Fabel series:
Blood Eagle (2005)
Brother Grimm (2006)
Eternal (2007)
The Carnival Master (2008)
The Valkyrie Song (2009)
A Fear of Dark Water (2011)

Lennox series:
Lennox (2009)
The Long Glasgow Kiss (2010)
The Deep Dark Sleep (2011)
Dead Men and Broken Hearts (2012)


Two of Craig Russell's novels in the Fabel series have been produced for German Television by Tivoli Film[3][4] for public broadcaster ARD: Brother Grimm[5] (aka Wolfsfährte, directed by Urs Egger, premiere date 30 October 2013) and Blood Eagle[6] (aka Blutadler, directed by Nils Willbrandt, premiere date 3 November 2012). The lead role was played by Peter Lohmeyer. Both films were adapted for television by screenwriter Daniel Martin Eckhart.

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