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The Wolf and the Watchman

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Best Debut, The Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' Award 2017

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.

©2019 Niklas Natt och Dag (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"Thrilling, unnerving, clever and beautiful." (Fredrik Backman)

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  • Sacha100
  • 24-02-2019

Interesting historical crime mystery

This tale is full of strong narrative and descriptive flair, which confidently transports you to another century. The characters are well written and reflect all good detective novels from the past. As with Scandinavian stories, the names are very similar and it is sometimes confusing as to who is who but this becomes easier to decipher as the story unfolds, however some of the performances made this linguistic nuance a greater challenge. I will look out for the next book with interest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-2019

Great performances, great story!

This is not a pleasant tale, gruesome and brutal, but so engaging, with twists and turns. I loved it!

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  • Richard B Jeppesen
  • 10-04-2019

Not for the faint hearted

Don't listen to this whilst you are eating. This is bleak and graphic. For me at times too graphic. This is not a novel I enjoyed. If I had read it I don't think I would have bothered to finish it.The performances are good, but don't make up for the brutality, which in parts becomes almost salacious.

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  • Daniel G O Sullivan
  • 08-04-2019

Gruesome and morbid

A good story with great characters. The plot is predictable to a point. The level of deprivation and violence is concerning . Great setting and originality