By Frank Schatzing
Within the yr 1260, an exceptional cathedral, the main formidable ecclesiastical development in all of Christendom, is emerging excessive above the bustling urban of Cologne less than the supervision of the architect Gerhard Morart. a ways under the hovering spires and flying buttresses, a sour warfare rages among the archbishop and the city's ruling service provider families—a lethal clash that says Morart because the first of its many sufferers. yet there's a witness to the homicide of the unlucky architect, driven to his loss of life from the cathedral's scaffolding. A crafty, street-smart, politically naive petty thief known as "Jacob the Fox" has visible it all—and seeing has made him the objective of a constant and ruthlessly effective murderer who is been stripped of his humanity by means of darkish, hidden secrets and techniques. Ensnared within the strangling vines of a terrifying conspiracy, the Fox needs to now run for his existence. yet who—and what—is he operating from?
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After a few minutes the pair turned off to the right into Berlich, a seedy, sparsely populated district, best known for its pig breeders—which 48 Frank Schatzing explained the stench. But there were others who went about their business there. Were they going to the whores? Urquhart stole along in the shadow of the dilapidated houses. ” A door opened a crack and the two slipped inside. They had managed to escape. For the moment. He briefly considered following them in and settling the matter there and then, but decided against it.
Urquhart bowed his blond head. ” Matthias frowned and tried to remember where he had heard the expression before, the Old Testament God of vengeance who is terrible to the kings of the earth. He felt the excruciatingly slow drip of a bead of sweat running down his forehead. Disconcerted, he looked at Urquhart’s eyes. Were they really a dead man’s eyes, as Heinrich had whispered? At that moment the other gave him an amused wink and Matthias felt a fool. Urquhart was playing with words like a jester.
You and your stories. ” “For another, you’re not well. ” “You know Maria can’t stand me,” whined Tilman as he scurried along beside Jacob. “I know she’s fed up with giving shelter to all and sundry, but you’re my friend. ” T he oxcart rattled out of the side street and blocked Urquhart’s view. When the redhead and his companion reappeared they were way ahead. A few Greyfriars were returning to the monastery from New Market Square, pulling a cartload of thin boards. Urquhart let them pass, then hurried on after the two, but now other people were coming into the street.
Death and the Devil: A Novel by Frank Schatzing