By Oliver Pötzsch
Germany, 1660: while a death boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is termed upon to enquire no matter if witchcraft is at play. So starts The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly specific, fast moving ancient mystery from German tv screenwriter Oliver Pötzsch, a descendant of the Kuisls, a recognized Bavarian executioner clan.
Magdalena, the smart and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives together with her father open air the village partitions and is destined to be married off to a different hangman’s son—except that town physician’s son is hopelessly in love along with her. And her father’s knowledge and empathy are as strange as his despised occupation. it's 1659, the Thirty Years’ struggle has eventually ended, and there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in a long time. yet now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the neighborhood midwife, Martha Stechlin.
Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her till he will get one. confident she is blameless, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor to race opposed to the clock to discover the genuine killer. impending Walpurgisnacht, whilst witches are believed to bounce within the wooded area and mate with the satan, one other tattooed orphan is located useless and the city turns into frenzied. multiple individual has noticed what seems like the devil—a guy with a handcrafted merely of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctor’s son face a terrifying and extremely actual enemy.
Taking us again in historical past to a spot the place autopsies have been blasphemous, espresso was once an unique drink, dried toads have been the prompt therapy for the plague, and the satan used to be as genuine as something, The Hangman’s Daughter brings to cinematic existence the attractions, sounds, and scents of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing tale of a compassionate hangman who will live to tell the tale in readers’ imaginations lengthy after they’ve positioned down the novel.