The Wolf and the Watchman

The Wolf and the Watchman

It is 1793. Four years after the storming of the Bastille in France and more than a year after the death of King Gustav III of Sweden, paranoia and whispered conspiracies are Stockholm’s daily bread. A promise of violence crackles in the air as ordinary citizens feel increasingly vulnerable to the whims of those in power.

When Mickel Cardell, a crippled ex-solider and former night watchman, finds a mutilated body floating in the city’s lake, he feels compelled to give the unidentifiable man a proper burial. For Cecil Winge, a brilliant lawyer turned consulting detective to the Stockholm police, a body with no arms, legs, or eyes is a formidable puzzle and one last chance to set things right before he loses his battle to consumption. Together, Winge and Cardell scour Stockholm to discover the body’s identity, encountering the sordid underbelly of the city’s elite. Meanwhile, Kristofer Blix leaves rural life for the alluring charms of the capital and ambitions of becoming a doctor. His letters to his sister chronicle his wild good times and terrible misfortunes, which lead him down a treacherous path.

In another corner of the city, a young woman—Anna-Stina—is consigned to the workhouse after she upsets her parish priest. Her unlikely escape plan takes on new urgency when a sadistic guard marks her as his next victim.

Over the course of the novel, these extraordinary characters cross paths and collide in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Title:The Wolf and the Watchman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781501196775
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    The Wolf and the Watchman Reviews

  • Paromjit

    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 through...

  • Julie

    The Wolf and the Watchman is a 2019 Atria Books publication.Morose and grisly- but morbidly fascinating! Late 1700s- Stockholm-A mutilated corpse is found in the lake- and by mutilated, I mean limbs, ...

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”A great calamity has befallen us. A thousand rumors abound, and one more preposterous than the next. It is impossible to obtain any trustworthy information, for even travelers have differing accoun...

  • Mary Beth

    This one is such a dark and disturbing book. The author does not refrain from describing grotesque and disgusting descriptions. This book is not for everybody but it was definitely for me. I love dark...

  • Will Byrnes

    “Tell me, Mr. Winge, does the expression homo homini lupus est mean anything to you? “Plautus wrote it during the Punic Wars: ‘Like a wolf is man to other men.’…What kind of wolf are you,...

  • Debra

    It's 1793, and a mutilated body has been found floating in the city's lake. Mickel Cardell, an ex-watchman and crippled ex-soldier feels compelled to give the man a proper burial. Cecil Winge, an atto...

  • Peter

    CorrosivenessA 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 t...

  • Dem

    I had to wait for my blood pressure and heart rate to calm down before writing a review on this Novel. A vividly written, unusual, intriguing and atmospheric Scandinavian crime thriller / horror / h...

  • Felicia

    If you've ever been curious about Stockholm in the 18th century, then this is your book. ...aka this wasn't my book.The writing is exquisite and so atmospheric that I had no problem conjuring up imag...

  • Katie B

    So glad I stepped a bit out of my reading comfort zone to give this one a try. I don't normally read very many books set in the 1700s but the premise for this one sounded intriguing. Turned out to be ...