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The Wolf and the Watchman

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,820 ratings  ·  320 reviews
In this breathtakingly bold, intricately constructed novel set in 18th century Stockholm, a dying man searches among the city’s teeming streets, dark corners, and intriguing inhabitants to unmask a ruthless murderer—perfect for fans of Perfume and The Alienist.

It is 1793. Four years after the storming of the Bastille in France and more than a year after the death of King G
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Atria Books (first published September 2017)
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This is an award winning Swedish historical horror fiction set in 1793, a period overshadowed by the recent events that resulted in the French Revolution sparking paranoia amongst Royal Houses throughout Europe, including King Gustav who unleashed a horde of spies to report on any who voice thoughts of overthrowing him. Gustav was assassinated, and Stockholm's people live in penury, struggling to survive in the stinking dark, dirty and cold streets riddled with cruelty, death, disease, enslaveme ...more
4.5 stars

In chaos theory, there is something called the butterfly effect. The idea is that one small action can greatly affect the outcome of a later, seemingly unrelated event. This novel is full of little moments that show how one person’s decision can permanently alter the lives of others.

The year is 1793 & Stockholm is a city on edge. Rebellion by lower classes in countries such as France have made the Swedish elite a tad nervous, especially after the murder of King Gustav III. This is
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The stench, poverty, and squalor of late 1700 Stockholm is vivid in this novel. A horribly mutilated body is fished out of a lake by a one-armed watchman. A dying man of reason and lawyer-cum detective becomes obsessed with solving the hideous crime. A penniless young man, no more than a teenager really, travels to Stockholm in search of his fortune. A young woman becomes orphaned and is subjected to her own personal set of struggles and strife. There are reasons for the disparate characters’ ta ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Stockholm, in 1793, this is a dark and gruesome read, featuring two, interesting central characters. To be honest, these main characters saved the novel for me, as I found this a very disquieting read. Mickel Cardell is a war veteran, turned watchman, who has lost an arm. Woken in a bar one night, he pulls a body out of the water. It seems that the body has been horribly mutilated and tortured – undoubtedly over a long period of time. Cardell is asked to help investigate by Cecil Winge, w ...more
Liviu Szoke
Cu o excepție, fără cusur. Un roman istoric înspăimântător de realist, din ale cărui pagini picură practic spaimele, angoasele, durerea și mizeria sfârșitului de secol optsprezece. Suedia era, pe atunci, cam ce erau și Țările Române (numai că suedezii s-au trezit la timp, spre deosebire de noi): înapoiere, primitivism, mizerie și reparații după războaie (în cazul lor, un război cu rușii). Plus crime oribile, depravare (cu cât ești mai bogat, cu atât crește și indiferența și cruzimea față de seme ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
“[watchmen are], most often lame, maimed, or mangled in some way that makes them unsuitable for other positions within the city watch or the military. Night and day, they chase beggars, petty thieves, vagrants, and prostitutes—everyone who does not serve any purpose in the eyes of the city governance.”

In 1793 Stockholm the one-armed watchman Mickell Cardell drags a mutilated body out of the river. Cecil Winge is a lawyer and detective dying (in gory detail) from consumption. The police enlist
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vilken bok. Vilket språk. Vilket gediget arbete. Vilken uppläsare.

Att 1793 har nominerats till bland annat årets bok är inte alls konstigt. Språkligt är den helt fantastisk och den har både detaljerade områdes- och personbeskrivningar som inte känns för mycket utan som passar in. Dialogerna är trovärdiga och flyter på bra, och jag tycker faktiskt inte det är så ofta som man träffar på en bok som både låter gammaldags men ändå otvungen. Det är inte särskilt gammaldags språkbruk i boken, men jag t
I think 2019 is the year for Scandi/Nordic crime fiction, seriously! I am literally on a binge session for these types of stories, book-after-book, and the irony that it's winter here in New York is not lost on me. I've been carefully spying on Niklas Natt och Dag's The Wolf and the Watchman since November, so when the lovely folks at Atria Books sent me a copy to review, I knew that I had to immediately push this to the top of my TBR list.

Set in the late 1700s, Stockholm is in a state of unc
Jovi Ene
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1793, Suedia. Un cadavru mutilat este pescuit de un ”străjer” din apele mirositoare ale unuia din râurile ce străbat capitala Stockholm. Acest străjer alcoolic și sărac, Mickel Cardell, dar și un slujbaș intermediar din Poliție, Cecil Winge, foarte inteligent și aflat aproape de moarte (ftizie), sunt cei însărcinați să facă o echipă ciudată pentru a descoperi adevărul.
Un roman polițist foarte bun, care împletește suspansul aferent cu multe fire ce se leagă invizibil, cu personaje cărora le aflăm
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this exciting ARC in return for an honest review. This book sets a Nordic Noir style mystery in the historic setting of Stockholm in the 1790s. The social setting and politics are well described, and the bleak background emphasizes poverty and hopelessness. It has been a short time since the king was assassinated and the powerful men in control are paranoid fearing a revolt. News of the storming of the Bastille and the French Revolution ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, netgalley
In brief - This didn't grab me immediately however it has a very vivid cast of characters and an interesting story. It is rather graphic at times...!

In full
When I get a review copy of a book I generally avoid looking at information about the story before I read it. I'd rather find out for myself what a book is about. In this case I knew that it was a story about the investigation of a murder in 18th century Stockholm. For a while I found the story a little unclear but the characters seemed inter
switterbug (Betsey)
Historical fiction isn’t usually my cuppa, but this is one hecka gripping and compelling murder mystery set in late 18th century Stockholm, and, on top of that, it is literary and gruesome simultaneously (not for the faint of heart). Character-driven, plot based, well-paced, and mordantly comic at intervals, this novel will surely hit my best of 2019 reads. I don’t find the violence and gory graphics gratuitous, but that’s for the individual reader to decide. He knows just the perfect time to be ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relentlessly bleak tale set in Sweden in the last decade of the 18th Century. The story opens with the discovery of a body in a swamp in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm. The body has been horrifically mutilated. It has no arms or legs and the eyes, teeth and tongue are also missing. Further examination shows that the injuries were inflicted over weeks, even months.
The corpse is dragged from the River Lander by a city watchman, Mickel Cardell, himself badly wounded, having lost an arm in
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Kanske en femma... får sova på saken!
Originally published in Swedish as “1793”, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel will soon be available in English in an idiomatic translation by Ebba Segerberg. And it has all the makings of a literary bestseller. The story is set in Stockholm in the late 18th Century. Europe is still in awe of the revolutionary goings-on in France and, following the assassination of Gustav III, revolutionary fervour in the Swedish city is tempered by a sense of fear and dread as to what might happen if matters get ...more
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
We would have not been friends in the end, so I abandoned it. My main issue with books like this written by men is the marked absence of women or rather the role that women play within their narratives: an afterthought, something that barely existed, not worth a mention.
Apart from that, this book is grim, dark and no doubt fairly historically accurate, but the writing is flat and uninderesting, ideas are thrown in the air and we wait to see what falls and sticks. Shocking narrative in itself wi
Bonnie Brody
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buckle Up for a Ride Through the Circles of Hell

This book can't be assigned to one single genre. It has elements of an historical novel, a mystery, and is more gruesome and horrific than 'Silence of the Lambs'. It is page-turning literary fiction at its best. Originally published in Sweden, it was voted best debut novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers. I can definitely see why.

The book is divided into four parts, the first three about different protagonists and the fourth sectio
Stephen Robert Collins
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By page 9 I new this was going to be good book when Ceil Winge 'Slowly undressed the Mechanism ' to describe taking a watch to pieces.
This has a surly after taste of a strong spiced pickled onion..I feel that gone back to 1990s when discovered Perfume. Not often do you find good Translation book this was Swedish & Tr by Ebba Segerberg coming out in 2017 called 1793.
A body is fished out of a local filthy lake a body that has no eyes or limbs thus grotesque hunt starts by police officer who ha
Athena Elizabeth
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

The Wolf and the Watchman, by Niklas Natt och Dag, takes place in the late 1790's Stockholm when a mutilated corpse is found in a bog. Mutilated isn't even the proper word, but an ex-lawyer named Winge and a watchman of sorts, Cardell, end up on the case together. There are 4 parts to the book, each featuring a different character and set of gruesome horrors, telling the chain of events that led up to Cardell
Debjani Ghosh
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Wolf and the Watchman takes the reader on a fateful journey into late 18th century Stockholm. The city is abuzz with conspiracy rumors and is divided sharply between the haves and have-nots. Niklas deserves an applause for his descriptive skills. In his deft hands, Stockholm—with its golden colored majestic buildings—is a living, breathing creature. He skillfully juxtaposes poverty and squalor of the destitute with the decadence and corruption of the affluent. The rich, as usual, are blind t ...more
Adele Shea
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this book so hard to read at times and my attention was never fully on the story. I don't know if it was the style of writing or that there was so much to take in.
When you look back on the story as a whole you can see how all the pieces fit together. It obviously just wasn't for me hence only three stars given.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Åååååaaarrrghh! MÅSTE han?!"
"Uuuuurgh! Herregud!"
"Nejnejnej, jag vill inte veeetaaa...eller jo..."

Det kan sägas redan nu att det här inte riktigt var en bok lämpad för den kräsmagade (mig) eftersom den innehåller en hel del gruvliga scener som punkterar alla fluffiga bilder vi fått av 1700-talet via kostymdraman på TV.
1793 var Sverige smutsigt, fattigt, svältande, i kris och till råga på allt djupfryst av vintern som var extra kall just då.

Mitt i denna misär hittar vi ett par figurer som
Boy did this take time to finish. Not the book's fault. I got sick and after that had a period of feeling unmotivated to do anything at all (so I spent two weeks watching TV and youtube videos).

This book was surprisingly better than I had anticipated. I'm not a fan of crime books because they tend to bore me to death. But, when I heard about this book at "Nyhetsmorgon" earlier this summer I just felt I had to read it. It's historical, one reason the book spoke to me. It's also written "backwards
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A complex, dark and intriguing mystery set in 18th century Stockholm this is a slow burning tale and full of detail. The book is set out in four separate parts starting with Mickel Cardell and Cecil Winge then follows with the stories of Kristopher Blix and Anna-Stina returning to Cardell and Winge these stories all then come together and we find out some very gruesome and shocking facts as their paths cross which makes for a compulsive if disturbing read. It’s a novel full of atmosphere and the ...more
Inge Janse
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik ben ooit in Stockholm geweest. Halverwege mijn interrailreis kwam ik er terecht, liep door Gamla Stan, werd gek van de drukte en het toerisme, en vluchtte via een nachtboot naar Helsinki.

Maar goed. Dat deze Scandinavische thriller nu juist hier zich afspeelt (alleen dan in 1793), mag geen probleem zijn. Maar wederom is Stockholm toch een tikkie een problematische factor. Ik zie een rode draad.

1793 is natuurlijk - en laat dat vooropgesteld zijn - een feest. Nee, het is geen lyrische, lucide li
Emelie Dellemyr
Boken är skickligt skriven och har egentligen en spännande historia, men då jag inte kunde identifiera mig med någon av karaktärerna blev den här boken ganska ointressant för mig. Andra delen var bättre än den första, som var olidligt seg, men ändå föll boken mig inte i smaken.
Matti Karjalainen
Niklas Natt och Dagin "1793" (Johnny Kniga, 2018) on ruotsalaisen aatelissuvun vesan kirjoittama esikoisdekkari, jossa ratkotaan tavattoman vastenmielistä ja kuvottavaa murhaa 1700-luvun loppupuolen Tukholmassa.

Elämä tulevassa kansankodissa ei muutenkaan ole ruusuilla tanssimista. Tukholma on synkkä ja saastainen kaupunki, jossa ihmiset yrittävät sinnitellä köyhyyden, tautien, alkoholismin ja hyväksikäytön keskellä. Viranomaisten ja ylempien yhteiskuntaluokkien mielivalta saa järkyttäviä mittas
Tonstant Weader
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gotham City has nothing on Stockholm in 1793. A grim, bleak city rife with poverty and corruption, Stockholm reeks of desperation and despair. In The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dog, when a body is found in the river with its ears punctured, eyes removed, tongue cut out, and all four of limbs have been amputated, the closest thing they have to Batman and Robin is a man dying of tuberculosis and a one-armed war veteran with PTSD, though of course, they had no such name for it.

Intressant och bitvis spännande. Tyckte om sättet som boken var berättad på. Läs hela recensionen här:
Christoph Segers
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alle draadjes komen netjes bij elkaar aan het einde wat erg bevredigend is en ietwat verrassend want de link is ver te zoeken. De subverhalen maken het boek ook de moeite, want de opening en zijn twee protagonisten haalden me niet echt over de streep.
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Niklas Natt och Dag (“Night and Day”) debuted as an author with the historical literary novel 1793. Natt och Dag himself has an undeniable connection to Swedish history, being a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden. When he isn’t writing or reading, Natt och Dag enjoys playing the guitar, mandolin, violin, or the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi.

Niklas Natt och Dag lives in Stock