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An excellent read!
on 15 August 2010
This is an excellent book which I came across quite by chance.
It is well-written, historically accurate and very well put together. As a keen historian, I find nothing more annoying than historical novels that ignore historical fact and reality. This is not one of those annoying books; instead, it is a very honest historical reconstruction of a troubled period in Cologne's history, and its part in the Christian history of the West - all tied up in a microcosm in the small murder mystery that means much more than just the death of one man.
Who are the mysterious strangers who meet and discuss death so casually? And their agent - is he the Devil? And what about the innocents who live in Cologne who get caught in something well beyond their understanding or their everyday lives. An amazing amount of detail and action takes place in Cologne in this wonderful novel over a few days; and the reader gets caught up wholeheartedly in the fast yet thorough pace of the story.
Well worth reading - definitely a winner.