October Meetup: "Death and the Devil" by Frank Schätzing

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)
Pages: 400
ttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Devil-Frank-Sch%C3%A4tzing/dp/184916245X/

Description
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.

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  • Richard A.

    Great discussion, nice to see some new faces as well as old friends

    October 22, 2013

  • Kath W.

    Enjoyed our discussion. Thank you to Steven (apologises if someone else) for the very clear description of what the Holy Roman Empire was - very well put.

    October 22, 2013

  • Daisy H.

    so sorry, i am having to cover a colleague's on- call tonight. have you decided on the next book?
    Daisy

    October 21, 2013

    • Justin

      The Garden of Evening Mists (sorry pressed the return key too soon!)

      October 21, 2013

    • Daisy H.

      thanks, Justin, I will get reading!

      October 21, 2013

  • Ramona

    I'm sorry I also have to. Cancel sue to work commitments

    October 21, 2013

  • Pam

    sorry I cannot make it as I am preparing for a trip and have run out of time
    Pam
    Ps
    didn't like Death and the devil much, some interesting parts, but I found it hard to follow , as it didn't seem to flow and I couldn't really get in to it. Maybe it was because, I was not enjoying it that I had problems following the plot. It did start well though and I thought it was going to be really great, but I found it too muddley in the middle

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am having to cover an event as a colleague is sick, i hope to attend the 2nd December meet up as my first meeting.

    October 21, 2013

  • Sue F

    Sorry I won't be able to come this evening. Hope you enjoy your discussions.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to coming to my first meeting on the 21st October and meeting you all!

    October 7, 2013

  • Nishma

    I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to read the book.

    October 5, 2013

  • So-Fung

    My apologies Justin - I have a work event on this evening, so I won't now be able to attend. I have just started the book but am struggling a bit with it, so may not finish! I hope the discussions go well.

    September 20, 2013

    • Justin

      We'll miss you, So-Fung. See you for the next one, hopefully.

      September 22, 2013

    • So-Fung

      Ahhh thanks Justin - yes, hope to see you all at the next one! Best, Sfa

      September 25, 2013

  • Jemma

    I'm gripped by this book! X

    September 20, 2013

    • Justin

      That's great to hear, Jemma! I haven't started mine yet.

      September 22, 2013

  • Shirley

    Death and the Devil is currently 98p on Kindle, if anyone hasn't bought their copy of the book yet.

    Also the BBC's go-to historian, Lucy Worsley, has a new series about detective fiction starting on BBC4 on Monday 23rd September. The first episode looks as if it will refer to the Ratcliffe Highway killings as being a major kick off for the detective genre.

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • So-Fung

      Thanks for the heads up on this Shirley, founds an intriguing series.

      September 20, 2013

    • So-Fung

      I meant 'sounds' and not 'founds' of course ... must be a Freudian slip!

      September 20, 2013

  • vicky c.

    "When Christ and his Saints Slept," By Sharon Kay Penman

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43841.When_Christ_and_His_Saints_Slept

    August 7, 2013

    • Justin

      Penman is a great historical novelist, but this book is 928 pages!! All of her books are far too long for book group choices unfortunately. We can't really have books more than about 450 pages, ideally less, but thanks for the suggestion.

      August 7, 2013

    • So-Fung

      I agree - her novels are far too long for a group choice. She is indeed a truly great historical novelist, my favourite is "The Sunne in Splendour" ;-)

      August 7, 2013

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