1793: The Wolf and the Watchman

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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.

(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critics Review

  • 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

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