The Wolf and the Watchman
by Niklas Natt Och Dag


Overview - "For Stieg Larsson fans, a new voice...a stunning debut....Like Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose , this] is a cerebral, immersive page-turner with] a moral heft reminiscent of works by Graham Greene....Plenty of twists to satisfy thrill-starved readers." --The Washington Post

"What's better than an ornate period piece with style to spare?  Read more...


 
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Overview
"For Stieg Larsson fans, a new voice...a stunning debut....Like Umberto Eco's novel The Name of the Rose, this] is a cerebral, immersive page-turner with] a moral heft reminiscent of works by Graham Greene....Plenty of twists to satisfy thrill-starved readers." --The Washington Post

"What's better than an ornate period piece with style to spare? One that includes a murder mystery. Oh, and boy is it a riveting mystery....A bit of Patrick S skind's Perfume and a bit of Sherlock Holmes, this wolf has some bite to it." --NPR

"Reads like a season of 'True Detective'...anchored by a powerful sense of place and a memorable cast of characters....You won't soon forget it." --USA TODAY

Named Best Debut Novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers

One morning in the autumn of 1793, watchman Mikel Cardell is awakened from his drunken slumber with reports of a body seen floating in the Larder, once a pristine lake on Stockholm's Southern Isle, now a rancid bog. Efforts to identify the bizarrely mutilated corpse are entrusted to incorruptible lawyer Cecil Winge, who enlists Cardell's help to solve the case. But time is short: Winge's health is failing, the monarchy is in shambles, and whispered conspiracies and paranoia abound.

Winge and Cardell become immersed in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams. From a farmer's son who is led down a treacherous path when he seeks his fortune in the capital to an orphan girl consigned to the workhouse by a pitiless parish priest, their gruesome investigation peels back layer upon layer of the city's labyrinthine society. The rich and the poor, the pious and the fallen, the living and the dead--all collide and interconnect with the body pulled from the lake.

Breathtakingly bold and intricately constructed, The Wolf and the Watchman brings to life the crowded streets, gilded palaces, and dark corners of late-eighteenth-century Stockholm, offering a startling vision of the crimes we commit in the name of justice, and the sacrifices we make in order to survive.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781501196775
  • ISBN-10: 1501196774
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: March 2019
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


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The Wolf and the Watchman

When you’re dead drunk, the last thing you want to deal with is a dead man. Yet duty calls for Swedish night watchman Mickel Cardell, who laboriously hauls his war-wounded body off to retrieve a drowned carcass. But the cause of death is no ordinary drowning: The corpse’s eyes have been gouged out, his teeth removed and his limbs severed. Accordingly, Cardell finds himself paired with special investigator Cecil Winge, a man so wracked with consumption and close to death that he has earned the nickname “Ghost of the Indebetou.” This unlikely couple is tasked with solving the unidentified man’s murder, but it’s unclear whether they’ll be able to do so before the coffin lid slides over Winge himself.

But that’s just one obstacle they’ll have to overcome. The year is 1793, just one removed from the regicide of Swedish King Gustav III, mere months after French King Louis XVI had a date with a guillotine, soon to be followed by his queen consort Marie Antoinette. Swedish adventurism has left the national treasury in shambles, and the stark divide between the ruling classes and the peasantry has left the masses in a state of agitated discontent. 

The sense of a ticking clock pervades Niklas Natt och Dag’s swift-paced, cinematic first novel, which was named Best Debut by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers last year. Though they seem to be the oddest of couples—one a man of action, the other a man of deliberation—Cardell and Winge prove to be an effective team as they crisscross political, cultural and economic strata to establish the dead man’s identity, and ultimately try to effect some rough form of justice.

In some ways, The Wolf and the Watchman calls to mind another auspicious debut murder mystery set in an unfamiliar place and time: Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. It’s been nearly 40 years since that foreign-language historical thriller captured the world’s imagination, thoroughly engrossing readers and propelling its author into international stardom. So we’re about due, and Natt och Dag is certainly a worthy candidate.

 
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