The Dutch Wives, or The Thirty Five Timely & Untimely Deaths Of Cumberland County
1934: a doctor struggles with belief, mortality and murder; a novel inspired by real events.
John M. Bischoffberger is a Pennsylvanian doctor adrift in the relative wilds of Maine during the dying years of the great depression. As John goes about his work, he begins to suspect that the deaths he is called upon to document are in fact far from routine. He becomes convinced that an uneasy alliance of three itinerants is going about the county, killing. An old woman, a little girl and a thin man are fulfilling some strange and unspoken duty, drowning, suffocating, hanging and the like, men, women and children. John confides in local outsider Joseph, an older man who becomes John's only outlet for his impossible fears. All the while the three continue to kill, and the deaths seem to be drawing closer to John...
The Dutch Wives is a fictional and dreamlike story of faith, community, and how we deal with life in the shadow of mortality.
- An intriguing narratives that switches between the doctor and the trio of murderers
- Inspired by fascinating accounts made by the real Dr. John M. Bischoffberger in his medical journal between 1934 and 1941
- Powerful musings on murder and morality