The Hangman’s Daughter
by Oliver Pötzsch (2010)
Lee Chadeayne (Translator)
Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman’s Daughter–the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch–a descendant of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.
It’s a who-did-it set in in the sixteenth century. If it wasn’t for the atmosphere generated by the setting it would be a rather ordinary crime story.