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  • John Murray
  • John Murray

The Wolf and the Watchman

Niklas Natt och Dag

8 Reviews

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Fiction in translation

'The best historical thriller I've read in twenty years' A.J. Finn

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

'Thrilling, unnerving, clever and beautiful' Fredrik Backman

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.

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Praise for The Wolf and the Watchman

  • 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, #1 bestselling 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, prize-winning and Swedish #1 bestselling author of the Sam Berger series

  • 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

  • The latest Scandi sensation - Sunday Times

  • A remarkable debut novel . . . Like most interesting fiction, The Wolf and the Watchman resists easy categorisation. 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 . . . there is no mistaking the intensity and imagination with which he summons up a society mired in corruption and inequality - Sunday Times

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

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