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272 Pages
Publication date: October 2022
Imprint: Servus
Joesi Prokopetz

The Devil’s Cross

A Crime Novel by Joesi Prokopetz

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The Devil is Calling …

… and he will get the ones that he has called sooner or later. Father Mano Urian knows this all too well—after all, he is familiar with the forces operating between heaven and hell.

Since the demise of the village priest, things have been very strange in Ursprung, a community of sixty-nine souls in the Dunkelsteiner Forest. It’s not just the burning barns and howling wolves that are shaking up the well-guarded uniformity of Lower Austrian rural life. Some are convinced that the devil himself is at work here. And what’s more, Mano Urian, the new priest, has a strange understanding of the salvation of his flock. Thus, duty, morality and tradition deteriorate relentlessly—while new temptations appear on every corner. With razor-sharp irony, the iconic cabaret artist Joesi Prokopetz traces human abysses, putting time-honored values and traditions to the test in a delightfully offbeat way.

A wickedly good crime novel by one of Austria’s most popular cabaret artists—sharp, witty and full of black humor.



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Joesi Prokopetz

Joesi Prokopetz, born in Vienna in 1952, is a singer-songwriter, author, and cabaret artist. As the songwriter behind hits like »Da Hofa«, »Es lebe der Zentralfriedhof« and many more, he has shaped Austro-Pop like hardly anyone else. The Alpine drama »Der Watzmann ruft«, for which Prokopetz wrote all the lyrics, enjoys cult status to this day. Beyond that, he is a successful solo cabaret artist and actor. THE DEVIL’S CROSS is his first crime novel.