And again: Homo homini lupus est
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Oh boy, oh boy. I must say even though I love all things "Gothic", I am not too keen on gut-twisting gore. More than a couple of occasions in this book had me feeling rather queasy. But it was totally worth it. It may not be for the faint-hearted or weak-in-the stomach. Have you been cold lately, or wet, or otherwise miserable?... Oh boy, oh boy. I must say even though I love all things "Gothic", I am not too keen on gut-twisting gore. More than a couple of occasions in this book had me feeling rather queasy. But it was totally worth it. It may not be for the faint-hearted or weak-in-the stomach. Have you been cold lately, or wet, or otherwise miserable? In any sort of pain, maybe? Felt treated just a little bit unjustly? Forget it, it was nothing; we are all pathetic 21st century wimps. Get ready to enter the vale of tears. But it’s a mind-blowing, very believable portrait of life (and death) in the Swedish capital around 1793. It will take your breath away, even if it be just for that stink of Stockholm. Add a possible predecessor of Holmes and Watson, and the whole thing becomes not only bearable but an extremely fascinating thriller with a few historical twists. Natt Och Dag (imagine your surname was Night and Day!) has done a tremendous job. His way with words and his storytelling skills and are nothing short of brilliant. There was a Costa Award-winning book a few years ago that’s very similar; it may have been forgotten but it’s not gone: Andrew Miller’s “Pure.” Be sure to check it out! It’s set in Paris in the year 1785. Some notable quotes: “ ‘Omnia mutantur, nihil inherit.’ Everything changes, but nothing is truly ever lost.” “If your mind says one thing and reality another, it must be the thought that is in error.” “You know of course that the war lacked any purpose and that the victory did not win us anything.” “Are we wolves to one another, always on the lookout for the last sign of weakness before we choose our moment to attack?” “I have seen the world now, Mr Winge. Humans are lying vermin, a pack of bloodthirsty wolves who want nothing more than to tear each other to pieces in their struggle for power. The enslaved are no better than their masters, only weaker.”
The Wolf and the Watchman
ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019
“It’s early to be pegging the year’s best books, but The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag’s stunning debut, is sure to be one of them.” —The Washington Post
“What's better than an ornate period piece with style to spare? One that includes a murder mystery. Oh, and boy is it a riveting mystery....A bit of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume and a bit of Sherlock Holmes, this wolf has some bite to it.” —NPR
“Reads like a season of ‘True Detective’...anchored by a powerful sense of place and a memorable cast of characters....You won’t soon forget it.” —USA TODAY
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 led 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.