The Wolf Trial by Neil MackayThe Wolf Trial by Neil Mackay

The Wolf Trial

byNeil Mackay

Hardcover | September 1, 2017

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Inspired by an extraordinary true case—the first-ever documented account of a serial killer in world history. In the second half of the 16th century, Paulus Melchior, lawyer, academic and enlightened rationalist, travels with his young assistant, Willy Lessinger, to the isolated German town of Bideburg where local landowner, Peter Stumpf, is accused of brutally murdering dozens of people. A society still trapped in a medieval mindset, the townsfolk clamor for the killer to be tried as a werewolf. If their demands are met his blameless wife and children will also be executed in the most barbaric way imaginable as agents of Satan and creatures contaminated by wolf blood. Paulus and Willy must fight superstition, the cruelty of those who fear what they don’t understand, and a zealous church determined to retain its grip on the souls of Bideburg, in this compelling, utterly unforgettable, shocking tour de force.
Neil Mackay is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, newspaper executive, non-fiction author, radio broadcaster and filmmaker. His last film, an investigation into the rise of the far right in Europe and America, was nominated for a BAFTA. He is the author of The War on Truth and All the Little Guns Went Bang, Bang, Bang.
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Title:The Wolf TrialFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Freight BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1910449725

ISBN - 13:9781910449721

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"The novel is written with assurance and authority. Time and place are evoked vividly and memorably. It is full of horrors, like a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or a Tarantino movie." —Scotsman