By Frank Schatzing
Within the 12 months 1260, an excellent cathedral, the main formidable ecclesiastical construction in all of Christendom, is emerging excessive above the bustling urban of Cologne below the supervision of the architect Gerhard Morart. a long way less than the hovering spires and flying buttresses, a sour struggle 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 referred to as "Jacob the Fox" has noticeable it all—and seeing has made him the objective of a constant and ruthlessly effective murderer who is been stripped of his humanity through darkish, hidden secrets and techniques. Ensnared within the strangling vines of a terrifying conspiracy, the Fox needs to now run for his lifestyles. yet who—and what—is he working from?
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His massive silhouette stood out black against what was left of the daylight. The wind tugged fiercely at his coat. Jacob felt the first raindrops Death and the Devil 41 splash on his face and shivered. Gerhard could spend the whole night up there, if he wanted. It was time for a few more apples and a quick getaway. Just then someone else appeared on the scaffolding. He seemed to Jacob to come from nowhere. The second figure was much taller than Gerhard. It materialized so close behind him that for a moment the two shapes seemed to merge.
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.
Or, to put it another way, so far neither had smashed the other’s skull in for a few scraps of food. Not that there weren’t enough smashed skulls around. The fat man had a propensity to violence when there was something to be gotten out of it. The word was, he was getting careless. Jacob gave him six months before his head dropped in the executioner’s basket. The Hen was one of the few ale houses that didn’t throw people out just because they were dressed in rags. The landlord was tolerant of the poor, as long as they could pay.
Death and the Devil: A Novel by Frank Schatzing