The Wolf and the Watchman - Jean Mickel Cardell (Paperback)
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The Wolf and the Watchman - Jean Mickel Cardell (Paperback)

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Published: 03/10/2019
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Waterstones Says

This brilliant Swedish debut - impressively translated by Ebba Segerberg - transports some of the atmosphere of Nordic Noir to a historical setting as a wounded veteran and a consumptive lawyer pair up on the trail of a monstrous murderer. From well-rounded characters to viscerally intense atmosphere, there’s much to admire in this gritty, filth-caked and gloriously gory historical thriller; plumbing the corrupt depths of 18th-century Stockholm.

The year is 1793, Stockholm. King Gustav of Sweden has been assassinated, years of foreign wars have emptied the treasuries, and the realm is governed by a self-interested elite, leaving its citizens to suffer. On the streets, malcontent and paranoia abound.

A body is found in the city's swamp by a watchman, Mickel Cardell, and the case is handed over to investigator Cecil Winge, who is dying of consumption. Together, Winge and Cardell become embroiled in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams, and one death will expose a city rotten with corruption beneath its powdered and painted veneer.

The Wolf and the Watchman depicts the capacity for cruelty in the name of survival or greed - but also the capacity for love, friendship, and the desire for a better world.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781473682146
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A remarkable debut novel - Sunday Times

A gripping, shocking read - The Times

This gripping historical thriller surely announces the arrival of a fine new European talent. Vivid and absorbing - Observer

The latest Scandi sensation - Sunday Times

Niklas Natt och Dag takes the contemporary Scandinavian crime story and gives it a startlingly gruesome historical twist . . . Natt och Dag spares us nothing, detailing horror after horror in his unflinchingly muscular prose - Guardian

Natt och Dag's description of the rattling, lung-shredding tubercular cough is truly hideous - a haunting portrait of physical disintegration that's not easy to forget - Dan Jones, Evening Standard

Swedish noir doesn't get much darker - Herald

A superbly detailed historical mystery - Irish Times

A well-depicted historical murder mystery filled with cruelty as well as warmth and humanity - Best Debut, Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award 2017

A historical thriller that is unparalleled in suspense and literary quality. It's raw, beautiful, heartbreaking and extremely captivating until the very last page. The Wolf and the Watchman deserves a place among the classics of the genre - Erik Axl Sund, author of The Crow Girl

An unexpected masterpiece, a wild and unusual mix of genres that in one fell swoop succeeds in renewing the entire crime fiction genre - Arne Dahl, prize-winning and Swedish #1 bestselling author of the Sam Berger series

Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthralling - and the best historical thriller I've read in twenty years - A J Finn, #1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

This is a thrilling, unnerving, clever and beautiful story. Reading it is like giving a little gift to oneself - Fredrik Backman

An impressive thriller - well paced, well structured and deeply unsettling . . . political scheming and psychological angst, grand theories on the state of man, a fiendish masterplan and a love story all in one - TLS

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