After a very close run of voting, at this meetup we will be discussing "Death and the Devil" by Frank Schätzing - see below.
Death and the Devil by Frank Schätzing (2007)
(translated from German)
It's the year 1260 and the great cathedral - the most ambitious building in all
of Christendom - is rising above the streets of Cologne. Far below its soaring
spires and flying buttresses, an assassin of unnatural talent surveys his new
hunting ground. More shadow than man, the assassin is quick to take his first
life. But there is a witness to his crime: a flame-haired thief known as Jacob
the Fox. Justly terrified by the black-clad spectre, Jacob runs for his life,
convinced that he's pursued by the Angel of Death itself. For all his
street-smart cunning, the wily Fox cannot shake off the assassin - a cruel,
efficient murderer who favours a pistol-grip crossbow as his weapon of choice.
Fate, injury and desperation lead Jacob to seek help from a beautiful clothes
dyer, her drunken rascal of a father, and her learned uncle, a man of God who
loves a battle of wits almost as much as he loves a bottle of wine. With the threat
of an untimely death at the end of a crossbow bolt never far way, Jacob's
unlikely cabal find themselves faced with a conspiracy born of an unquenchable
thirst for revenge, a conspiracy that threatens to tear Cologne apart and stain
the city with blood.