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Tim Wiliocks


Frank Schatzing
Frank Schätzing was well-known in Germany for his historical novels before he achieved international recognition with his ecological thriller, The Swarm. Death and the Devil is a medieval mystery, set in 13th-century Cologne. In the shadow of the cathedral, still under construction, Jacob the Fox, a beggar conspicuous by his red hair, has the ill-luck to espy a murder – and the murderer spies him.

There follows a game of cat-and-mouse through the city, from its markets to its middens, as Jacob is pursued by an assassin armed with a strange crossbow. The chase creates a colourful picture of medieval city life, taking us into some dangerous places, including a leper colony.

As in all the best medieval romances, a beautiful young woman comes to Jacob's aid. But the unheroic Fox becomes involved in a vicious political imbroglio. The death he witnessed was that of the architect of the cathedral, and the incident merely one stage in a bitter conflict between church and state. The Archbishop of Cologne is locked in a power-struggle with rich patrician families, and neither side has scruples; they use any means to gain their ends.
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