Book: The Left-Handed God by I. J. Parkercategories: Book, Eighteenth Century Europe, Romance, Coming of Age, Eccentric Characters, Humor and Satire, Historical Thriller
I. J. Parkerabout this book: I am a traditionally published author of a well-known series of historical mysteries set in Japan. After regaining some of my rights, I have self-published part of the series and my historical novels.
But this book is particularly close to my heart. THE LEFT-HANDED GOD is a novel I withdrew from submission by my agent because I didn't think it was getting to the right market. Now I'm publishing it myself.
THE LEFT-HANDED GOD is a thriller set in eighteenth century Germany, a time when spying and other political shenanigans were fairly common among the powerful people of the time. But the characters in this book, Franz von Langsdorf and his sister Augusta, are not powerful and very naive about evil plots. They are two poor young people who are trying to make sense of the violence amidst the splendor they see around them before it destroys them. Set in a real court of the period and with real historical characters like Mozart and Mesmer, the story is fictional, or rather, fictionalized history as far as the plot is concerned. The pages turn quickly, as Franz and Augusta walk blindly into danger when a killer feels threatened.
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