Monday, August 8, 2011

Love & Executioners

Hot title in fiction: The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (translated by Lee Chadeayne) is a suspense novel set in Bavaria, 1659. The discovery of drowned boy sets off a witchcraft scare, and fingers are pointed at the local midwife. Jakob Kuisl, the town executioner, is expected to extract a confession from her. But he doesn't believe she is guilty, and he and his daughter Magdalena set out to find the real killer, in the frenzied days before Walpurgisnacht... Fun fact: the author is descended from the Kuisl line of Bavarian executioners who inspired the novel!


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