The Play of Death

Category: Book
Translated By: Chadeayne, Lee
By (author): Potzsch, Oliver
Series: Hangman's Daughter Tales
Subject:  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: May 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.22in
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From The Publisher*The mysterious sixth entry in the Hangman's Daughter series

It is 1670 and Simon Fronwieser is in the town of Oberammergau to bring his seven-year-old son to boarding school. As he bids his boy a tearful farewell, news comes of a shocking murder: the man who was to play the part of Christ in the town's Passion Play has been found dead, nailed to the set's cross. As there is no doctor in town, Simon is brought in to examine the body. The chance to spend more time with his son and to investigate the murder quickly convince him to stay. Soon he is joined by his father-in-law, Jakob Kuisl, the Schongau hangman, and the two begin piecing together the puzzle of the actor's death. Was he murdered by a jealous rival? Are the recently arrived and unpopular immigrant workers somehow involved? Or is it a punishment from God for the villagers' arrogance in trying to schedule the play four years earlier than prescribed by ancient custom? Once again, it looks like it is up to the Kuisls to unravel the mystery and bring a town's darksecrets to light.
From The Publisher*When an actor in a Passion play is murdered-crucified just like the character he is playing-Jakob Kuisl and his family must investigate a town's dark secrets in order to unravel the mystery.
Biographical NoteOLIVER POTZSCH, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria's leading dynasties of executioners. Potzsch lives in Munich with his family. Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of ALTA News.