Synopses & Reviews
A bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangmanand#8217;s Daughter series
In 1886, Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy. In The Ludwig Conspiracy, master of historical suspense Oliver Pand#246;tzsch brings the Mad King back to life.
An encoded diary by one of Ludwigand#8217;s confidants falls into the hands of modern-day rare-book dealer Steven Lukas, who soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Lukas teams up with a beautiful art detective, Sara Lengfeld, to investigate each of Ludwigand#8217;s three famous castles for clues to crack the diaryand#8217;s code as mysterious thugs and Ludwigand#8217;s fanatical followers chase them at every step. Just what in the diary could be so explosive?
"This gripping thriller brings together the present and the past with high-action adventure in a bold, entertaining storyline." and#8212;Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
"Pand#246;tzsch makes clever use of Bavariaand#8217;s equivalent of the Kennedy assassination in this excellent stand-alone . . . Pand#246;tzschand#8217;s sophisticated plotting and good use of a real-life historical puzzle place this far ahead of most Da Vinci Code wannabes." and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.
Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julián, and their close friend Fermín Romero de Torres is about to be wed. But their joy is eclipsed when a mysterious stranger visits the Sempere bookshop and threatens to divulge a terrible secret that has been buried for two decades in the city's dark past.
His appearance plunges Fermín and Daniel into a dangerous adventure that will take them back to the 1940s and the early days of Franco's dictatorship. The terrifying events of that time launch them on a search for the truth that will put into peril everything they love, and will ultimately transform their lives.
From the bestselling author of The Hangmanand#8217;s Daughter, a historical thriller set in contemporary Bavaria, about Ludwig II's mysterious death and the long-lost diary that could unlock its secrets.
About the Author
OLIVER PandOuml;TZSCH, born in 1970, has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television. He is a descendant of one of Bavariaandrsquo;s leading dynasties of executioners. Pandouml;tzsch lives in Munich with his family.
Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of ALTAandnbsp;News.