The Ludwig Conspiracy

The Ludwig Conspiracy

By Oliver Potzsch; Anthea Bell (Translator)

Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780544227965, 435pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

A bold new thriller from the best-selling author of The Hangman'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 Potzsch brings the Mad King back to life.
An encoded diary by one of Ludwig'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 Ludwig's three famous castles for clues to crack the diary's code as mysterious thugs and Ludwig'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." "Shepherd Express" (Milwaukee)
"Potzsch makes clever use of Bavaria's equivalent of the Kennedy assassination in this excellent stand-alone . . . Potzsch's sophisticated plotting and good use of a real-life historical puzzle place this far ahead of most "Da Vinci Code" wannabes." "Publishers Weekly," starred review

About the Author
OLIVER POTZSCH, born in 1970, was for years a radio personality for Bavarian radio and a screenwriter for Bavarian public television. He is a descendent of the Kuisls, the well-known line of Bavarian executioners who inspired his novels. He lives with his family in Munich.

Anthea Bell is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald s Austerlitz, and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She lives in Cambridge, England.