The Slaughterman’s Daughter

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The townsfolk of Motal, an isolated town in the Pale of Settlement, are shocked when Fanny Keismann – devoted wife, mother of 5, and celebrated cheese-maker – leaves her home at 2 hours past midnight and vanishes into the night. True, the husbands of Motal have been vanishing for years, but a wife and mother? What on earth possessed her? Could it have anything to do with Fanny’s missing brother-in-law, who left her sister almost a year ago and ran away to Minsk, abandoning his family to destitution and despair? Or could Fanny have been lured away by Zizek Breshov, the mysterious ferryman on the Yaselda river, who, in a strange twist of events, seems to have disappeared on the same night? Surely there can be no link between Fanny and the peculiar roadside murder on the way to Telekhany, which has left Colonel Piotr Novak, head of the Russian secret police, scratching his head.

ISBN: 9780857058300 Author: Tester, Iczkovits Publisher: MacLehose Press Publication Date: 15th April 2021 Imprint: MacLehose Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 892.437 (edition:23) Pages: 528 Language: English Edition: 1st paperback ed Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , , , ,

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The townsfolk of Motal, an isolated, godforsaken town in the Pale of Settlement, are shocked when Fanny Keismann – devoted wife, mother of five, and celebrated cheese-maker
leaves her home at two hours past midnight and vanishes into the night.

True, the husbands of Motal have been vanishing for years, but a wife and mother? Whoever heard of such a thing. What on earth possessed her?

Could it have anything to do with Fanny’s missing brother-in-law, who left her sister almost a year ago and ran away to Minsk, abandoning their family to destitution and despair?

Or could Fanny have been lured away by Zizek Breshov, the mysterious ferryman on the Yaselda river, who, in a strange twist of events, seems to have disappeared on the same night?

Surely there can be no link between Fanny and the peculiar roadside murder on the way to Minsk, which has left Colonel Piotr Novak, head of the Russian secret police, scratching his head. Surely a crime like that could have nothing to do with Fanny Keismann, however the people of Motal might mutter about her reputation as a vilde chaya, a wild animal . . .

Surely not.

Translated from the Hebrew by Orr Scharf

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