Morose and grisly- but morbidly fascinating!
Late 1700s- Stockholm-
A mutilated corpse is found in the lake- and by mutilated, I mean limbs, tongue, and eyes had been methodically removed, one at a time, the work mimicking that of a surgeon.
Cecil Winge, a lawyer, suffering through the last stages of consumption has been asked to look into the matter, which is the only thing that keeps him on his feet, fighting to ...more
The beginning had a slow burn to it and it was very confusing. I think I probably would of DNF it, if I did not read this with my buddy Julie in The Traveling Friends Group but then it made a complete u-turn and turned into an awesome story. I ...more
The night watchman, Mickel Cardell, has seen enough death to last several lifetimes. He h ...more
“Tell me, Mr. Winge, does the expression homo homini lupus est mean anything to you?...more
“Plautus wrote it during the Punic Wars: ‘Like a wolf is man to other men.’…What kind of wolf are you, Mr. Winge? A good wolf? A skilled hunter?”
“No wolf at all, I’m afraid. What I do, I do not undertake in order to satisfy my bloodlust.”
“…Now I have helped you pick up the scent, all you have to do is follow it out into the forest and find your mark. I see how your expression is changed. You can’t fool me! You are indeed a wolf
A dark and gruesome Gothic thriller, which reveals a formidable and disturbing portrait of Stockholm during the tumultuous period of the late 18 century. The Wolf and the Watchman is at times horrifying, often captivating and always brilliantly written. I love the title and from that alone, there is a sense of anticipation and danger. Often the most corrupt are those tasked with upholding the law.
The characters are brilliantly developed where the personalities and demeanour of each charac ...more
Mickel Cardell, a former soldier, is living in Stockholm when he finds a mutilated body. Together with Cecil Winge, a consulting detective for the police, they set out to determine the identity of the deceased and the circumstances behind his death. The story also trav ...more
...aka this wasn't my book.
The writing is exquisite and so atmospheric that I had no problem conjuring up images and smells, yes, smells from the setting of this story. However, the storyline itself failed to hold my attention, especially the middle section.
Comparisons to The Alienist are undeniable. So if that book scratched your itch for a gruesome murder mystery, then, again, this is your bo ...more
A vividly written, unusual, intriguing and atmospheric Scandinavian crime thriller / horror / historical fiction story that made for difficult reading in places due to its very graphic content and yet apparently an accurate portrayal of 1780 Stockholm and I came away from this one with a feeling of gratitude for not having lived in the late 1700s as I don't think I would have lasted 5 minutes ...more
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 I ...more
It's funny, but when I heard about this book, I thought this is something I would love. It was certainly bloodthirsty enough. A man is fished out of the Larder in Sweden. No eyes, no tongue, no limbs. At all. Great, I thought. I love gruesome! Turns out that gruesome is not even half as bad as everything else going on in this hair-raising book!
I think my whole disconnect with this story was the year..1793, and the location. I know absolutely no ...more
First up we have Jean Michael Cardell, a disabled veteran with a passion for strong drink and bar brawls....a former night watchman with haunted memories of war.
Then Cecil Winge enters the picture, lawyer turned consulting detective for Stockholm police, a notably skilled young man living on borrowed time....and together these two troubled men search the DARK and dangerous streets for a ruthless monster who tortures and maims before he kills.
Kristofer Blix also plays a signikills.war. ...more
Complex, Dark, Ominous and Intriguing.
It’s 1793 in Stockholm, the body of a mutilated man is found floating in Lake Larder by Mickel Cardell, (an amputee and former soldier of war and an ex-watchman). Both of the man’s eyes are missing and all of his limbs have been sawed off, one by one. Needing help with the investigation, Cardell gets attorney Cecil Winge involved, even though he is dying of consumption. Both desperately want to identify the man and discover the reasons for ...more
Mickel Cardell had found a way to lessen his panic attacks and terrible nightmares by using strong drink, constant inebriation ...more
A gruesomely mutilated body is fished out of a local lake by a night watchman. So begins this dark mystery set in Stockholm in the late 1700's.
The main characters, the aforementioned night watchman, (Cardell), and a lawyer dying from consumption, (Winge), were fascinating and multi-layered. Winge hasn't much time left in this world, and he makes the investigation of this case his only reason for living. Cardell, an injured war veteran looking for self worth an ...more
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 of ...more
This was sick, depraved, gross, shocking, horrifying, depressing, dark, sinister...
And I loved every page.
I went into this with high expectations and am happy to report that it exceeded these by leaps and bounds. The tone and atmosphere was unrelentingly dark and at times I was reminded of the movie Se7en minus the religious overtones and if it was instead set in the late eighteenth century. The characters were amazingly written and I took an instant liking to the s ...more
Yes...it is dark, gruesome and vividly detailed, but so eloquently written! Given the fact it takes place in the 1700’s, I wasn’t expecting a sappy, glorifi ...more
When a mutilated body is pulled from a bog, a dying lawyer and a former soldier must work together to discover not only the murderer, but the identity of the victim.
Wow, wow, wow!
I opened this book not knowing anything more than the fact that it was a historical mystery, and what a fascinating, mesmerizing read it turned out to be: interesting characters, both likable, and loathsome, and an engaging plot with plenty ...more
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 ...more
This book.....wow.....I had to let my thoughts percolate for a few days before I could write a ...more
The story is set in Stockholm, the year 1793. When a body turns up in the city harbour, war veteran Mickel Cardell is initially disinterested. But the mutilated corpse haunts him, and he teams up with sickly lawyer Cecil Winge in order to solve the murder. Their inquiry reveals that the victim was hor ...more
It’s as bleak as it gets, a Dickensian world on steroids: Sweden in the late 18th century where bodies of water are filled with stench and bodies, where rats roam freely, hypocrisy (as ever) reigns and the populace struggles to survive. When you consider that one link to the story is a hideously deformed, limb-deprived victim who eats his own excrement, y ...more
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Мир устроен скверно: слишком много мрака и слишком мало света.
Война научила Карделя: никакой доблести в драке нет. Есть сила и везение. Но все же есть и ритуал, которого он обязан придерживаться. Положить руку на плечо, успокаивающий жест. Мимическая дипломатия.
Когда век был помоложе, сказал хозяин стойла, прокатиться на красивом портшезе, влекомом двумя крепкими парнями, считалось почётным.
Искать не надо повод для питья,
Без выпивки и день напрасно прожит,
Вино от меланхолии поможет,
Постичь поможет тайны бытия.
Судьба щедра на ласки и удары,
Их пережить нам лишь с вином дано.
Вино! Ты юность возвращаешь старым,
Веселье грустным даришь ты, вино…
Увы, мы времена не выбираем,
Мы сами суть плохие времена,
Но в наших силах с помощью вина
Все изменить – и ад назначить раем.
Ах, вино! Напиток богов. Словно солнечный свет заманили в бутылки и заткнули пробкой.
Она вспомнила ожесточение, охватившее ее в первый день, когда Петтерссон избивал… даже не избивал, а казнил Драконшу. Оно никуда не ушло. Ожесточение против всего и всех – и рабынь, и надсмотрщиков. Против всего мира. Ничего хорошего, но это цена, которую придется заплатить, чтобы выжить.
Говорят, если человек хочет уйти от судьбы, он выбирает именно тот путь, где она его уже дожидается.
Я и раньше осознавал, но никогда с такой ясностью, Жан-Мишель: никто не становится чудовищем, не побывав предварительно жертвой.
Когда я возвращаюсь к моей жизни, я вижу длинную, не особо тщательно, но все же заплетенную косу причин и следствий. Мною руководили усвоенные еще в юности идеалы, которые оказались слишком привлекательными, чтобы в зрелости от них отказываться.
Жизнь напоминает две дороги в противоположном направлении. Одну из дорог, как правило, выбирает чувство, другую – здравый смысл.”