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The Beggar King
by Oliver Potzsch and Lee Chadeayne


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The third installment of the international best-selling Hangman s Daughter series
1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The third installment of the international best-selling Hangman s Daughter series
1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse she locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience first-hand the torture he s administered himself for years. As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman.
Kuisl s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: there is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
Chock-full of fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Potzsch s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547992198
  • ISBN-10: 054799219X
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: January 2013
  • Page Count: 466

Series: Hangman's Daughter Tales #4

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-10-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pötzsch’s brilliant third mystery set in 17th-century Germany (after 2012’s The Dark Monk), has Jakob Kuisl, hangman (and garbage collector) of Schongau, accused of murder in the Free City of Regensburg, where he has gone to visit his ailing sister. Meanwhile, Kuisl’s fiercely independent daughter, Magdalena, an apprentice midwife, accuses master baker Michael Berchtholdt of both impregnating his maid and fatally poisoning her with ergot in an attempt to induce an abortion. Passions against Magdalena run so high that she and her lover, Simon Fronwieser, must flee Schongau. Unaware of her father’s jeopardy, Magdalena and Simon head to Regensburg, where they end up racing to exonerate Kuisl and discover the truth behind the murder, which turns out to have wider implications. The author sustains suspense throughout, and both old and new readers will eagerly await the next volume. (Jan.)

 
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