Death And The Devil: A Novel by Frank SchatzingDeath And The Devil: A Novel by Frank Schatzing

Death And The Devil: A Novel

byFrank Schatzing

Paperback | November 11, 2008

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In the year 1260, a great cathedral, the most ambitious ecclesiastical building in all of Christendom, is rising high above the bustling city of Cologne under the supervision of the architect Gerhard Morart. Far below the soaring spires and flying buttresses, a bitter war rages between the archbishop and the city's ruling merchant families—a deadly conflict that claims Morart as the first of its many victims. But there is a witness to the murder of the unfortunate architect, pushed to his death from the cathedral's scaffolding. A cunning, street-smart, politically naive petty thief called "Jacob the Fox" has seen it all—and seeing has made him the target of a relentless and ruthlessly efficient assassin who's been stripped of his humanity by dark, hidden secrets. Ensnared in the strangling vines of a terrifying conspiracy, the Fox must now run for his life. But who—and what—is he running from?

Frank Schatzing is the author of the international bestsellerThe Swarm. A winner of the Köln Literatur Prize, the Corine Award, and the German Science Fiction Award, Schatzing lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
Title:Death And The Devil: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:November 11, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006164661X

ISBN - 13:9780061646614

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from **3.75 Great plot, it always had me wanting to know more, however, the switching between points of view got confusing at times and it took away from the experience. I also learned a lot about Cologne's history
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Murder in Cologne I finally got around to reading “Death and the Devil” after having it on my book shelf for a few years. While the plot was interesting, the writing and dialogue was a bit awkward and really isn’t what I look for in an historical novel. The story takes place in Cologne in 1260 and is all about what happens when one man witnesses the murder of another. This is a fast paced book with the points of view of different characters all melding together to give the reader a clear insight into what is happening. I enjoyed learning a bit about the history of Cologne during this time in history, although how accurate this is I’m not sure as I didn’t take the time to affirm any of the many tidbits of information about religion and politics during this time. I have to say that I enjoyed Schatzing’s book “The Swarm” much more than this one.
Date published: 2012-02-03

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