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  • Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
  • Year Published: 2011
  • Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed.
  • Description: 435 p. : map ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780547745015
  • 054774501X

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The hangman's daughter

by Pötzsch, Oliver.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult

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"Mariner Books."

"First published in Germany in 2008 by Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH as Die henkerstochter"--T.p. verso.

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.

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Hangman's Daughter

I enjoyed reading this. It wasn't the best book ever, but it's worth reading.


I never finished this, so I can't comment on the plot, but I'll comment on the writing--the reason I never finished it is because it was so awkward to read. Not sure if it was the writer or the translator at fault, but the language was so clunky, with odd turns of phrase, arbitrary descriptive blurbs interrupting the narrative instead of supporting it (felt like the writer was trying to squeeze in all the details he'd discovered in his research). I found I wasn't reading the story, I was reading the odd language of it, so I quit.

Historical Hangmen

This was a unique and engaging read! It is an entertaining mystery that provides some fascinating information about the role of the executioner and, in this case, healer.

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