The Wolf and the Watchman

The Wolf and the Watchman

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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When a mutilated corpse is discovered in a local swamp, watchman Mikel Cardell and lawyer Cecil Winge comb the underworld of eighteenth-century Stockholm to unmask a murderer before a young workhouse laborer becomes the next victim.
" The Alienist set in eighteenth-century Stockholm: 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 "Thrilling, unnerving, clever, and beautiful." ?Fredrik Backman, #1 bestselling author of A Man Called Ove " Chilling and thought-provoking. Relentless, well-written, and nearly impossible to put down." ? Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 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 lead 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.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501196799
1501196790
Characteristics: c
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba
Alternative Title: Wolf & the watchman

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May 03, 2019

I can't remember the last time I became so completely immersed in a book. This is an atmospheric & beautifully written historical crime novel set in 18th century Stockholm centring around 4 main characters. The setting is so well rendered that it is a difficult read in places but so worth your time. I read about 100 books a year & I have no doubt this will make my top ten list.

I found The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse or Martyr by Rory Clements to be grittier and far more engrossing. This plodded and was dull.

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