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The Council of Twelve
By (author): Oliver Potzsch
9781328508317 Paperback, Trade English FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical May 29, 2018 Print Run: 20000
$26.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.25 in | 430 gr 512 pages 2 b-w maps Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Mariner Books
The seventh chilling mystery in The Hangman's Daughter series

The year is 1672. Hangman Jakob Kuisl and his family travel to Munich, the cosmopolitan heart of Bavaria, for a meeting of the prestigious—for dishonorable hangmen, at least—Council of Twelve, the leaders of the empire’s hangmen’s guild. But something dark is happening behind the scenes: in the past weeks, young women have begun turning up dead. At first, the authorities assume they are a rash of suicides, but when Kusil notices that each woman possesses a matchingamulet, suspicions arise that someone is murdering these women. With no suspects, the superstitious townsfolk of Munich blame the hangmen’s guild, certain that they have called the devil upon the city. Joined by his daughter Magdalena, son-in-law Simon, the rest of his extended family, and a slew of eccentric hangmen, Kuisl must solve the mystery of who is murdering these girls. If he fails, the consequences could reverberate across the empire, affecting all the hangmen in Germany.

OLIVER PÖTZSCH was for years a radio personality for Bavarian radio and a screenwriter for Bavarian public television. He is a descendent of the Kuisls, the well-known line of Bavarian executioners who inspired his novels. In addition to the bestselling Hangman’s Daughter series, he is the author of the contemporary thriller,The Ludwig Conspiracyand the historical epicThe Castle of Kings.

"Enthralling . . . . Pötzsch does his usual excellent job of making the period vivid, while offering surprising twists . . . This is a superior historical mystery." --Publishers Weekly,starred review

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