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"Original Like a renaissance play, in which companion plots cast raking lights across each another, Christopher Wallace's sharply focused multiple tales make for a rich and challenging experience." The Washington Times
A haunting, profound novel, resonant at once of history and legend, The Pied Piper's Poison brilliantly resurrects seventeenth-century folklore in a wrenching quest for the roots of wartime atrocities in our century.
It's winter, 1946, and strange things are happening at Tarutz quarantine camp in Southern Poland where a group of refugees have fallen victim to a horrific, unidentifiable disease. A young doctor is sent to identify the mysterious affliction now working its way through a growing list of victims. Winter, 1648, and the ancient town of Hamelin is struggling to survive the most savage war Europe has ever known. Besieged by a vicious mercenary army, confounded by the endless machination of its leaders, and gripped by starvation, fever, and vermin, Hamelin is desperate for any respite. Is there a connection between these two calamities
A spiritually unsettling tale of ineluctable fates, cursed geographies, and the staying power of myth, The Pied Piper's Poison is an astonishing debut novel, rich in historical detail and penetrating in its insight into humanity's darkest suspicions.
"Assured, ambitious ...a fascinating first novel." The Times
"Quite simply stunning." Time Out
"Kafka's Metamorphosis, Suskind's Perfume, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks all rolled into one." The Literary Review
Christopher Wallace was born in Germany in 1962 and educated at the University of Sterling in Scotland. The Pied Piper's Poison is his first novel; it has been published in five countries. He lives in Edinburgh.