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By Oliver Pötzsch
Germany, 1660: while a demise boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is named upon to enquire even if witchcraft is at play. So starts off The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly particular, fast moving historic mystery from German tv screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch--a descendent of the Kuisls, a recognized Bavarian executioner extended family.
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We are all here. This is good. You see? ” “My girls. Hannah. ” Izabel Makovský whispered the words and pulled prayer hands up to her lips. They were trembling, much like Kája’s had been out in the streets. “And, Jakob. ” He pulled an arm around Hannah’s shoulders and inclined his head in a quick nod. “No thanks is required,” he offered, then pulled Hannah in closer. “But I confess that I prayed with every step. And we have still to board a train out from here. ” “I’m sorry,” Kája whispered, suddenly noticing how overcome with emotion everyone was, and began wiping at the front of her father’s coat.
Copy-editors are secretaries and war reporters are working on the crosswords. She sighed. When would the world make sense again? indd 51 1/13/15 2:23 PM Ch a p t e r F i v e Z May 22, 1940 The Daily Telegraph K Fleet Street, London ája turned the corner and stopped dead in her tracks when she saw the glow of a single lamp lit against the basement archives. A man sat at a long wooden work table in the center of the room with tall bookshelves and ancient ledgers all around him. His features were encased in the dim light of a table lamp.
Penny’s doubt seeped through in the tone of one word. “Are you sure he—” “I know what you’re thinking, Penn. ” Sera’s heart sank with the flicker of doubt in Penny’s voice. ” Sera pounded her fist on the desk. “He told me he’s innocent and I believe him. ” “Penn, we’ve been engaged for months. We’ve spent time together over the last year, holidays, flying from coast to coast just to be a part of each other’s lives. He’s been in the gallery a hundred times. It’s not like we rushed into this. We may have made the decision to move the wedding up but that doesn’t mean it was blind.
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch