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by Jane Stanton Hitchcock

  • ISBN: 0451185080
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Jane Stanton Hitchcock
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Other formats: txt azw lit lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Signet; illustrated edition edition (November 1, 1995)
  • FB2 size: 1950 kb
  • EPUB size: 1182 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
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Other Books by Jane Stanton Hitchcock. The Malleus Maleficarum, or The Witches’ Hammer, is a lawbook published in 1486. It was accompanied by a papal bull, sanctifying it with supreme Church authority.

Other Books by Jane Stanton Hitchcock. For over two hundred years, the Malleus held sway over the courts in both Catholic and Protestant Christendom.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock. A respected surgeon and rare book collector is brutally murdered in his elegant Manhattan home, just hours after showing a book dealer the fifteenth-century manual of black magic-a grimoire-he'd received from a grateful patient. Now the healer's blood is everywhere-and only the priceless grimoire is missing.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock is the New York Times bestselling author of Mortal Friends, The Witches' Hammer, Social .

Jane Stanton Hitchcock is the New York Times bestselling author of Mortal Friends, The Witches' Hammer, Social Crimes, and Trick of the Eye, as well as several plays. She lives with her husband, syndicated foreign-affairs columnist Jim Hoagland, in New York City and Washington, .

Jane Stanton Hitchcock (born November 24, 1946) is an American author, playwright, and screenwriter

Jane Stanton Hitchcock (born November 24, 1946) is an American author, playwright, and screenwriter. She has written several plays but is known mostly for her mystery novels Trick of the Eye, The Witches' Hammer, Social Crimes, One Dangerous Lady, Mortal Friends, and Bluff. Hitchcock also wrote the screenplays for Our Time and First Love.

Hitchcock, whose first novel, Trick of the Eye (1992), was nominated for an Edgar, ventures onto riskier ground with this mystery thriller whose heroine defies a cabal of modern-day Inquisitors intent on bringing back the male-dominant Dark Ages. Gently raised by a devout Catholic mother and a rare-book- collecting surgeon father on New York City's genteel Beekman Place, 35-year-old Beatrice O'Connell, in the throes of a midlife identity crisis, has recently moved back in with her father in the wake of a failed marriage.

The Witches' Hammer book. Bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock was born and raised in New York City, where she led a seemingly privileged life

The Witches' Hammer book. Bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock was born and raised in New York City, where she led a seemingly privileged life. Early on, she learned the trappings of wealth and fame are not nearly all they are cracked up to be, themes she has since explored in screenplays, stage plays, and novels dealing with murder and mayhem in high places.

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When Beatrice O'Connell's father is murdered shortly after receiving a rare book on witchcraft, she searches for the killer, finding traces of an evil conspiracy, even as she becomes progressively fascinated with the witchcraft tome
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I read "The Witches' Hammer" some time ago; I don't remember exactly when. In the process of moving, my copy was lost. However, I could not forget incidents in the book, but found to my chagrin I could remember neither the title nor the author, although I did remember it involved a witches' grimoire. A reference to a grimoire in another book as a "witches' hammer" brought the title to mind. which led me to ordering another copy.

"The Witches' Hammer" may not be a great book, but I think some of the negative reviews are a little hysterical. Any book which leads a reader to search, discover, and purchase another copy certainly has something to offer. As to the premise, I suggest there are crazies all around us -- read the newspapers if you doubt that -- and I know several people who are violently upset about the progress of many social issues: gay marriage, racial and religious orientation, and women in the workplace. These latter may not go as far as suggesting burning, but they are somewhat unbalanced and a little scary to talk to. It would be kind so say they are politically incorrect; several are certainly ignorant and can be a little upsetting. I once knew a man who may be described, charitably, as a male chauvinistic pig. He truly believed and sometimes vocally stated, viciously and in great scatological detail, that all women were intrinsically filthy. "The Witches' Hammer" deals with that. Unrealistic? I hope so. Scary? Yes.

The sub-theme regarding Bea's repressed sexuality and anti-Catholic (or, perhaps, anti-all organized religion) bias is clumsy, as is her relationship with her ex-husband. Bea comes over as a rigid and unbending woman, so locked in her own righteousness or her unrealistic view of the world around her, that she is unable to accept human faults as other than gross betrayal of herself. The supporting characters tend to be one-dimensional, only onstage to flesh out Bea's story. The women's lib sub-theme is overdone, dragged in to illustrate almost every action by a man, to the point of becoming almost ridiculous. Interesting that the only man to help her is presented as non-sexual and that Bea rescues him and we are led to believe ultimately loves him, aided in part by a voodoo queen and the lure of Hermann Goering's hidden fortune.

Fantastic and somewhat clumsy, yes, but I have been unable to forget it.

Incidentally, somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember a scene in which Bea and another prisoner witness the actual burning of a third woman. In my current copy, that scene appears on a DVD. Also,I do not recall Bea's trips to England and certainly not to Italy. Are there two versions of this book? Can the original version be purchased?
This book is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller! I highly recommend it, as I do all of Hitchcock's books. This one certainly is a tale for bibliophiles, as books and libraries dominate one scene after another. The atmosphere is positively mesmerizing, and the world Hitchcock creates is seductive--I loved being deep in these pages at night! And I say this despite this book being about a contemporary witch-hunt that is actually gruesome to the point of being over-the-top. However, when I caught myself thinking that I only had to recall the beheadings that have been happening lately in the middle-east to recollect that people are, indeed, serious enough about their beliefs to commit atrocities (or blithely bear witness to them.)

By the author of "It All Started with a Bicycle"
I chose this book hoping for one thing but was treated to another. Five stars because it kept me hooked and ended up a "one sitting" read. (I love it when that happens!!)
Were there moments of suspending my realistic beliefs, yes. Were there some moments of "how many lives does this kitty (woman) have?", yes. But don't you see?? Thats the fun of fiction for me. I get to check out of my world and into the authors.
My only real disappointment was the story finished. Fun ride on a day off.
I'm a fan of Jane Hitchcock and devoured her books about the "rich and famous" but this one is completely different and just didn't quite cut it. At times a little predictable, I was not familiar with the art work trying to be accomplished and I wasn't sorry to see it end.
too far fetched for my taste,but keeps the interest til the end.
While writing the draft of The Witches Hammer Jane Hitchkock stumbled on the English translation of the original Latin tract that "proved" the existence of witches and how to deal with them. I obtained a copy of that for my Kindle, which gave more depth to the reading of her novel. The main character, having suffered her father's brutal murder, rushes about the world in search of people who have clues to the book of black magic which the evil ones are after. This is an unlikely diversion from a real police investigation, and as a procedural novel is tenuous. Sources are conveniently still alive and locatable, and there is no mention of the cost and difficulty of travel. In Joseph Campbell's categories this ia a quest. There's a bit of a red herring in the suggestion that the main character has a hunger for sensuality, and at one point it looks like we're in for an erotic book. Sorry. The villains to me were too all black cutouts, and the main character not very bright. But the insight I got from reading the source that inspired her revealed that the fear of witches permeates politics even today in the War Against Women in the republican party platform. I can see that as a factor in the next book I write. I am also a Kindle author though I bought this book from Amazon as a used 1 cent paperback.
While the character Bea is well developed, she is not realistically consistent. Her derring-do toward the end of the book doesn't seem in character with the person we met at the beginning of the book. As it turned into a DaVinci Code kind of book, it got more interesting--less realistic, but more interesting.
This was a great book! I didn't want to put it down & couldn't wait to pick it back up. It kept me very interested & I would recommend this book to others.

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