The Fifth Servant: A Novel

Paperback | May 25, 2016

byKenneth J. Wishnia

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“Whatever you are currently reading, I promise you it is not nearly as intelligent, witty, compelling, or entertaining as The Fifth Servant….Wishnia makes history come alive.”
 — David Liss, author of The Devil's Company <_o3a_p>

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A brilliantly imagined, beautifully written combination of scrupulously researched historical novel and riveting suspense thriller, Kenneth Wishnia’s The Fifth Servant carries readers back to 16th century Prague in the shadow of the Papal Inquisition—and introduces a uniquely unforgettable protagonist, a young Talmudic scholar who has three days to solve a heinous murder before official reprisals decimate the city’s Jewish community. A richly atmospheric tale of religion, mystery, and intrigue, The Fifth Servant recreates life in the era when Emperor Rudolph II occupied the throne—a time of uncertainty and fear viewed through the eyes of an intrepid rabbinical student on a quest for truth and justice.<_o3a_p>

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“Whatever you are currently reading, I promise you it is not nearly as intelligent, witty, compelling, or entertaining as The Fifth Servant….Wishnia makes history come alive.” — David Liss, author of The Devil's Company  A brilliantly imagined, beautifully written combination of scrupulously researched historical novel and riveting sus...

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In 1592, Prague is a relatively safe refuge for Jews who live within the gated walls of its ghetto. But the peace is threatened when a young Christian girl is found with her throat slashed in a Jewish shop on the eve of Passover. Charged with blood libel, the shopkeeper and his family are arrested, and all that stands in the way of a r...

Kenneth Wishnia is the author ofThe Fifth Servant, and his crime fiction has been nominated for the Edgar and Anthony awards. He has a PhD in comparative literature and teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Suffolk Community College on Long Island, where he lives with his wife and children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:May 25, 2016Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0061725382

ISBN - 13:9780061725388

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“The characters are distinct and thoughtfully created. The mystery and how it is unraveled make a compelling story.”