The Hangman's Daughter: A Historical Novel

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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  - UberButter - LibraryThing

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver P÷tzsch ★ ★ ★ Historical thriller based off the author’s actual ancestors. This book took me a bit to get into. Didn’t really feel any attachment to most of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - scot2 - LibraryThing

I love historical novels and I loved this one. The hangman is a very likeable character who is also brave and morally upstanding. It's understandable that in that era, people would be too afraid of ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

OLIVER PÍTZSCH, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners. P÷tzsch lives in Munich with his family.

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 ALTAnbsp;News.

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