The Hangman's Daughter

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AmazonCrossing, 2010 - Fiction - 435 pages
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Germany, 1659: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead, marked by the same tattoo, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town's physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed. A brilliantly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller, The Hangman's Daughter is the first novel from German television screenwriter Oliver PŔotzsch, a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

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User Review  - Pamela O'Sullivan - Book Verdict

A child is found murdered in a provincial 17th-century Bavarian town still in the throes of medieval superstitions. The matter must be cleared up, and quickly, so that the town's precarious recovery ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Oliver PAtzsch spent a number of years as a radio personality for Bavarian Radio and is himself a descendant of a well-known line of Bavarian executioners.

Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of ALTANews.

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