MystereBooks is pleased to feature The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch as today's Amazon Kindle Daily Deal. The deal price of $0.99 is valid only for today, Sunday, October 02, 2011.
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The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
This book was originally published in Germany in 2008 under the title Die Henkerstochter. The author has since written two sequels featuring the hangman's daughter, neither of which has (yet) been translated into English.
About The Hangman's Daughter (from the publisher): Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangman’s son — except that the town physician’s son is hopelessly in love with her. And her father’s wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years’ War has finally ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin.
Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor to race against the clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil — a man with a hand made only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor’s son face a terrifying and very real enemy.
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