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The Wolf and the Watchman

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781473682122

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

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
10 Feb 2019

"(a) remarkable debut novel"

remarkable debut novel... Gradually and skilfully, the author pulls together the disparate strands of his tale and brings it to a bleakly ironic conclusion... 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... The unrelenting harshness of Natt och Dag’s vision might be off-putting to some... However, there is no mistaking the intensity and imagination with which he summons up a society mired in corruption and inequality.

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4 stars out of 5
Declan Burke
9 Feb 2019

"a superbly detailed historical mystery that delivers an uncommonly bleak variation on the genre’s pursuit of truth and justice"

As a crime novel, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut offers conventional fare... The investigation, however, is itself something of a red herring: Natt och Dag is far more interested in exploring Swedish society in the late 18th century... Vividly written, The Wolf and the Watchman is a superbly detailed historical mystery that delivers an uncommonly bleak variation on the genre’s pursuit of truth and justice.

4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
8 Feb 2019

"a gripping, shocking read"

Cecil Winge and Mickel Cardell, an engaging investigative double act, set out to find out who would do such a thing... What the two men uncover is stomach-churningly horrible. The author paints an unflinching portrait of history’s victims — the poor, the diseased and the abused. There is grinding poverty, sexual slavery and venereal disease. The book’s flaw is a tendency to clunky exposition. Admittedly, my knowledge of Enlightenment-era Stockholm is not what it could be, but characters telling each other historical facts is irksome. That aside, The Wolf and the Watchman is a gripping, shocking read.