Wolf on A String

Wolf on A String

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Christian Stern, an ambitious young scholar and alchemist, arrives in Prague in the bitter winter of 1599, intent on making his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, the eccentric Rudolf II. The night of his arrival, drunk and lost, Christian stumbles upon the body of a young woman in Golden Lane, an alley hard by Rudolf's great castle. Dressed in a velvet gown, wearing a large gold medallion around her neck, the woman is clearly well-born--or was, for her throat has been slashed. A lesser man would smell danger, but Christian is determined to follow his fortunes wherever they may lead. He quickly finds himself entangled in the machinations of several ruthless courtiers, and before long he comes to the attention of the Emperor himself. Rudolf, deciding that Christian is that rare thing--a person he can trust--sets him the task of solving the mystery of the woman's murder."--
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627795173
Branch Call Number: M BLAC
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 24, 2017

This book is incredibly well written and a great mystery. Funny, I read a lot of mysteries and I think they are all quite good, then I read this and I realize this author is in a league all his own. I must read more by this gentleman.

Jul 25, 2017

A clever and gripping story by a master of mystery writing, Wolf on a String keeps you guessing until the end. The story is set in Prague in 1599, a world of danger and intrigue. Christian Stern the main character has the (mis)fortune of being charged with the task of solving the murder of a young courtesan amidst a miasma of intrigue, dark secrets and skulduggery. A constant air of impending doom hangs over the story that keeps you reading long past your bedtime. A superb literary thriller that's not to be missed.


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