The Wolf and the Watchman (Paperback)Niklas Natt och Dag (author)
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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
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 128 x 196 x 54 mm
'This gripping historical thriller surely announces the arrival of a fine new European talent.' - The Observer
'At times it reads like a Nordic noir thriller transported back to the late 18th century, but there is much more to its narrative than the solution of a murder mystery'. - The Sunday 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
'This is a thrilling, unnerving, clever and beautiful story. Reading it is like giving a little gift to oneself.' - Fredrik Backman
'Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthralling-and the best historical thriller I've read in twenty years.' A J Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
'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, author of the Sam Berger series
'This much-hyped Swedish tale of murder and corruption in 18th-century Stockholm is already an international bestseller. Now English readers can see what the fuss is about.' - The Times, Books to Look Forward to in 2019
'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
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