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The Wolf and the Watchman 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, 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 stay alive long enough 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, 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 stay alive long enough to solve the mystery Winge teams up with Mickel Cardell, a disabled former soldier, who discovered, then fished the body out of the water Together they work to officially identify the body and discover who murdered the man in such a gruesome manner This novel has generated a bit of publicity, and as such, has already garnered a bit of a reputation clueing me in on its violent nature However, I was still unprepared for the lurid content I encountered in this story So, even if one has a high tolerance for graphic violence and gore, this novel will test your limits and boundaries So consider yourself warned The plot is intricate, and very absorbing, with several interesting character studies rounding things out The dark and macabre underbelly of Stockholm provides an unsettling and nerve wracking atmosphere which never allowed one to relax or exhale, even for a moment There is also an urgency to the solving the crime as Winge s health progressively worsens, adding an even heavier quality to an already depressingly grim tale Although there are very few rays of light in this dreary mystery thriller, the sun does break through the clouds from time to time, offering some modicum of relief, but not for very long I needed a respite from this one a time or two, but did find the story very compelling, with moments of real brilliance, although, the grit still overshadowed the finer nuances I can see why this book has captured the attention of its publisher, and why they hope a marketing push will steer it into the mainstream But, despite the impressiveness of it, I m not sure it s ready for prime time, which is an audience trained to absorb bland, contained, polished, and watered down content I m not convinced this novel is suited for mass consumption Perhaps it would work better with a cult following, which is a farintriguing, enduring, and even flattering thought, appealing to a specific audience capable of giving it the credit it is due Without feeling a little blue or green around the gills 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, 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 Y 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, 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 after all I ve seen enough to know, and even if I am wrong, you will soon become one No one can run with the wolf pack without accepting its terms You have both the fangs and the glint of the predator in your eye You deny the blood thirst, but it rises around you like a stench One day your teeth will be stained red and then you ll know with certainty how right I was Your bite will be deep Autumn 1793, Stockholm For those of you who like to time travel on vacation, if you are thinking about visiting late 18th century Stockholm, you might want to reconsider Not a garden spot Still recovering from a great fire that laid waste to vast swaths of wooden buildings, it is a place of dire poverty, epic corruption, and nose piercing filth, featuring a hill constructed largely of excrement A bit tough on the sensibilities Makes Dickensian England seem a stroll through a sculptured garden But if you decide to wander there through the pages of The Wolf and the Watchman, be forewarned Wear heavy boots and bring something to mask the moral and olfactory effluvium.Niklas Natt Och Dag Photo from Bokf rlaget ForumJean Michael Cardell is a watchman not like the type in graphic novels A watchman here is a low end police sort, usually a damaged war veteran, set to the task of harassing prostitutes and others whose presence is considered offensive He is summoned by local urchins to come see what they spotted floating in the area s lake The floater is incomplete, missing all four limbs, eyes andNo chance he fell off a boat Cardell drags the carcass out and sends the lads off to fetch proper police Slogging into the muck was not exactly a no brainer for Cardell, a large, brawny sort, otherwise employed as a bouncer in a local pub He still has nightmares of his military experience, losing a close friend when his ship was hit, along with a host of fellow sailors, and his left arm His lost mates visit him in dreams, along with the devil welcoming them into the briney deep He drinks to silence the memories.Cecil Winge is not exactly an employee of the local PD, but is called in on a case by case base, so, a consulting detective, with characteristics not unlike those of another in that line of work a bit later and southwest of here He is the proud owner of an exceptional mind and an exceptionally damaged set of lungs Winge is dying of consumption And solving this case is something good he can do before, you know, the clock runs out Who would do this to another human being, and why And the game is afoot The odd couple of Winge and Cardell do their best impression of Holmes and Watson, each bringing to the investigation a diverse set of skills and experiences The pair work together, but also separately Clues are followed, which, of course, lead to other clues Pavement is pounded, locals are questioned, documents are examined, and so on We get a look at the Stockholm of the time, and move closer to finding out what happened Then jump back to Summer, 1793 A young man 16 , one Kristofer Blix, who had been a surgeon s apprentice in the military, has come to Stockholm to continue his education and make a place for himself in the world Unfortunately, he falls in with some unsavory sorts and soon finds himself in a terrible bind We learn of his adventures entirely via letters written to his sister back home, somewhere in Podunk, Sweden Skip back again, to Spring 1793 The third part of the novel follows Anna Stina Knapp, as working class as humanly possible Dad long gone, Mom a washerwoman who becomes ill every Spring Light on prospects This Spring, Mom does not spring back Add to this, on the very day of mater s demise, a representative of the local church stops by to accuse her of whoring Not true, of course, but without the connections to gain a presumption of innocence, or the cash to hire a good lawyer, she is in deep skit Her experience reminded me of the silent film era serial The Perils of Pauiline, in which our heroine is constantly being placed in danger by evil doers of diverse sorts Ditto Anna, who makes us wonder, with each new page, geez, what the hell else can they do to her It definitely helps that Anna is pretty tough cookie, with resourcefulness and wits to match her fortitude Still Kristofer has an amazing run of ill fortune too, but he was kind of a jerk, and had a fair bit of that coming But poor Anna is pretty much full on victimized by society and its lesser representatives.Part four, back in the present of the story autumn winter, 1793 continues with Winge and Cardell pursuing the truth, and trying to arrange for a best outcome So, there is the barebones of the story, which will definitely keep you flipping the pages, and occasionally stepping away to let that disgusted feeling settle, maybe take a bath There are some very nasty things going on here The place seems to breed folks of a sadistic bent I have read some Scandinavian noir and this seemed to me beyond that h ja Not completely, of course Winge is a smart cookie, applies his wits to see that justice is done, or at least attempted But he does give us cause to question his judgment from time to time Cardell is bent on doing right in the world, not necessarily the case with many in his line of work But, he is also a bit of a ruffian, maybe a bit too fond of cracking heads Anna, as noted above, is a dear girl, unfairly beset by the world Very easy to root for her, even if it may sometimes seem we are keeping her going just so she can be done dirt yet again Kris may generate a bit of ambivalence, as he makes his share of adolescent mistakes, acceding to his urges a bit too much, and not necessarily able to tell where the line between good clean or bawdy fun leaves off and recklessness mixed with criminality takes over, but he does have a moral core and is not a bad person One thing that threw me a bit is how Natt Och Dag plays with the image of Wolf and Watchman Winge is clearly the wolf, but when we first meet him he is putting together a watch Cardell, the watchman of the title, by trade, is referred to at one point as watching a rowdy group at the bar, where he works as a bouncer, like a wolf So one may be forgiven for feeling a bit confused about which character is the wolf and which the watchman.For the story alone this is a pretty engaging, interesting read But Natt Och Dag which translates, btw, to night and day is offering three bites at this apple The second level of The Wolf and the Watchman is the payload of local history He certainly gives us a touch and feel and scent of the time, offering vivid descriptions of working and living conditions and letting us in, as well, on certain historical events of the era The city had undergone a major fire not long before, which displaced thousands The king had been assassinated recently, after leading the nation into a reckless war with Russia, done in not by a mob, but by upper class sorts who did not approve The level of professionalism or the absence of it in the police force is made clear, as are the local political shenanigans We are also made aware of the lively events in France, which was going through some challenges of its own Headlines in Stockholm were very concerned about the treatment being given to French royalty, which resonates very considerably with the Swedish nobility, concerned about holding on to the best place to display their hats.Finally, there is a third layer to be considered Not only is Sweden going through changes, so is the world, shifting from what was to the Enlightenment Winge in particular brings forth concerns that are looking to elevate reason over religion, science over superstition He spends some of his time taking apart and putting together timepieces In doing so, he thinks, for example this is how the world should function rational and comprehensible, where every part has its given place and the effect of its trajectory can be precisely determined a scientific perspective, an enlightenment perspective Sadly, the perversity and insatiable gluttony of the one percenter sorts seems impervious to the advances in human knowledge, feeding the chaos of immorality that permeates the city Winge is not alone, thankfully, in hoping for and acting to achieve better His boss at the police department, Police Chief Johan Gustav Norlin, a classmate, a truly honest man, while for the most part able to maneuver the politics of the city, is determined to protect his friend from interference by corrupt upper class sorts, who would like nothingthan to sweep this criminal outrage under the rug, and who are set to replace Norlin with a notoriously corrupt official Natt Och Dag took inspiration from several sources Structurally, he was comfortable with a Quentin Tarantino like reversal of narrative flow, but evenso by Cloud Atlas, with its brilliantly interwoven stories and commentary on cause and effect Another was Umberto Ecco s The Name of the Rose, a medieval monastery murder mystery, in which the detective story was backed by historical information about the time, and enhanced further with a look at the roots of some Catholic doctrines Natt Och Dag was surprised that his book was given an award intended for crime novels The book, which was a prize winner in Sweden under its original title, 1793, is not quite a tight fit with the Nordic noir that has gained such popularity, but does contain elements of it He was aware that gruesome murders were par for the course in the genre, and he was comfy writing that, but he says the violence here is meant to represent the unjustness of the sociopolitical system of the time Some might find the depravity depicted here a bit beyond Be forewarned.I had disparate reactions to the book It was engaging for sure, but I was feeling a bit beaten down by all the awful things that happen to his characters, particularly Anna and Kris, but as the story moved on so did that discomfort, as Winge and Cardell get back into the picture in the final part of the book Picking up info about the time all news to me was a very welcome benefit, and, as often happens, once I began reading about the author, after having read the book, elements that might have slipped past came into clearer focus While it may be a bit tough on those with tender sensibilities, The Wolf and the Watchman is, ultimately, a damned good read, one with narrative power and compelling substance I was very pleased to learn that it is the first in a planned trilogy When she jolts awake in the darkness of the night, her heart beats with raging euphoria The purpose of the workhouse is to teach her to spin wool and to imprint on her the city s striving efficiency and productivity Butthan anything else, she is taught the art of hatred Review posted March 15, 2019Publication date March 5, 2019December 5, 2019 Literary Hub names The Wolf and the Watchman one of their 50 Favorite Books of the YearDecember, 2019 NPR names The Wolf and the Watchman as one of their Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2019 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s GR and Wiki pagesInterviews Shelf Awareness Niklas Natt och Dag Humanity Is the True Villain in Every Story by Kathleen Gerard PW A Multilayered Detective Story PW Talks with Niklas Natt Och Dag By Lenny Picker BBC4 Radio Meet the Writers Niklas Natt Och Dag by Georgina Godwin Audio 25 23 This is a fantastic interview If you want to knowabout the author or the book definitely check this out A great calamity has befallen us A thousand rumors abound, and onepreposterous than the next It is impossible to obtain any trustworthy information, for even travelers have differing accounts and all seem to me somewhat poetical in what they relate The atrocity of the crime, as it has been related, is too great, such that I do not know how I should think thereof Carl Gustaf Af Leopold 1793The night watchman, Mickel Cardell, has seen enough death to last several lifetimes He has li A great calamity has befallen us A thousand rumors abound, and onepreposterous than the next It is impossible to obtain any trustworthy information, for even travelers have differing accounts and all seem to me somewhat poetical in what they relate The atrocity of the crime, as it has been related, is too great, such that I do not know how I should think thereof Carl Gustaf Af Leopold 1793The night watchman, Mickel Cardell, has seen enough death to last several lifetimes He has lived through an ill conceived war by his Swedish king, and every time he reaches to rub the ache out of an arm no longer there, he is reminded by his scarred stump of the terrors that haunt his dreams When he fetches the bundle from the water, he at first thinks that it must be parts of an animal, leavings from the butcher As he pulls it to shore, it becomes evident that the gristle of horror he holds in his hands is what remains of a man This battle hardened man, this pub brawler, this man who fights bloody night terrors every nighthurls up the beer and gruel from the day before and the bile that follows I would describe the state of the body so that all of you, fair readers, would understand the true dread that Cardell saw, but given that it provides clues for the ongoing investigation, I will leave the details for you to discover for yourself I will say that your imagination might already be conjuring up thoughts of what madness could have been perpetrated, but you will be wrong Cecil Winge is dying of consumption, but once he realizes the details of this murder most foul, he summons what reserves he has to pull himself from his sweat stained sheets to lead the investigationHe always had his nose stuck in his Rousseau Winge was a prodigy of a kind that hasn t been seen since Rudbeck The man has a memory such that he can produce each word he has read as if he s got the book in front of him Maybe that s where things went wrong Certain people read too much and get strange notions in their head You like him already, don t you Aye, I have to say that short description was enough to rouse my sympathies for the man, but as Niklas Natt Och Dag reveals Winge s backstory, you learn that tragedy has so many faces, so many nuances Cardell and Winge are an unnatural pairing, but sometimes fate has a way of throwing lost souls together Can they both be so lucky to perform one last service for humanity before Cardell drinks himself to death and Winge coughs up the bloody spume of his last breath Winge is the ghost of the Indebetou.Kristofer Blix has the flowing blonde curly locks of the genetically gifted, but his looks are where benefaction ends and the misadventure of his life begins He learned the most rudimentary skills as a surgeon on a King s ship, and those skills will prove his means of entry into a world of nightmare.Anna Stina Knapp has lived within the cold grasp of hunger her entire life She is so far below the poverty line that achieving even that modest goal would make her believe she is in the lap of luxury She can believe that her life can get no worse, but then when the church inserts a sanctimonious nose into her bleak future, she finds that things can most assuredly get worse She is accused of being a whore, but evidently being a virgin has nothing to do with the truth of the matter She finds herself under the vile control of a perverted specimen of a man, who, to feel anything, must inflict unmitigated levels of pain on others All four of these people are on a collision course to each be a cog, some unwillingly and unknowingly, into the investigation of what could be the most heinous crime that Stockholm has ever seen or heard about The revolution in France provides the backdrop news from the fires of that country are creating dangerous restlessness among the disadvantaged of Sweden The margins between the haves and the have nots have become so vast that it is most accurate to think of Sweden as a powder keg simply waiting for an errant spark The characters are a motley bunch, but so poignantly drawn that my appreciation of them continued to grow with each turning of a page The essence of what it means to be human and the depravities that some of us are so unfortunate to experience are so deftly written by Niklas Natt Och Dag that it is as if he has slid those ordeals beneath our own skins The hopelessness, the streets of noir, the nightmares, the gray clouds, and yes, even those few rays of hope that break through the darkest skies were felt as strongly by me as if I too were mired in this mystery This was a read I won t shake off any time soon Highly recommended to people who enjoyed Perfume The Story of a Murderer and The Alienist.If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at 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 and disturbing There is lots of cruelty and violence 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 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 and disturbing There is lots of cruelty and violence 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 loved every minute of it This book is a thriller, a mystery and historical novel It took me on a journey into late 18th century Stockholm and I felt like I was there.The characters were so well done and I loved Darrell and Winge I felt so sorry for Anna Stina Nothing went right for her I felt so sorry for Dragon also who was a mean girl but she did not deserve the torture that she went through Blix had a rough time too I couldn t believe what he was forced to do 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 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 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 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 character have such wonderful depth and variation Each character faces hardships, struggles with their place in this unforgiving society, and battles personal demons and impediments This ensures the novel is a fantastic depiction of life during this fearful revolutionary period in European history.A body is found in the lake and recovered by a watchman, Mickel Cardell The body is missing arms, legs, eyes, teeth and its tongue, and strangely the person didn t die of those injuries, as they were healed long before death Someone has brutally dismembered this person and kept them alive what deranged reason lies behind this and who could be driven to this evil Cecil Winge is a lawyer, dying of consumption but determined to see this last case through He works with watchman Cardell, to uncover the motivation and the perpetrators of this crime Winge is recognised as an honest man who will use evidence from all sources, particularly permitting defendants an opportunity to speak for themselves.Kristofer Blix was an apprentice surgeon during the war and finds himself in Stockholm playing a carefree game with other people s money until it all collapses and he is left destitute The consequences are dramatic and hopeless, and his debt is bought by a cruel ruthless man, who now owns Blix until his debt is paid When the story is told through Kristofer s eyes it is done using letters to his sister and he relates his ambitions to the despondent reality he now endures.Anna Stina is a young woman who finds herself accused of being a whore and committed to the workhouse on the word of a spiteful priest She finds life in the workhouse unbearable and run by a vicious sadistic man Anna Stina concocts an escape plan that will surely mean her death if she fails Each thread comes together in this captivating and chilling tale The gruesome and uninhibited brutality is shocking but difficult to resist While carefully written, I felt the balance between descriptive elements and plot, to be slightly unbalanced, mainly with the sections devoted to Kristofer and Anna Stina I love reading beautiful vivid imagery and truly enjoyed that aspect of this book but at times I started anticipating the prose while the plot faltered The story is, however, brilliantly drawn to an end, an end that signals deception and danger, with a few surprises still to play out view spoiler The truth, the physical condition of Winge, the perilous position of Winge and Cardell, and what is at stake for a society that is rumbling of revolution, is held in such a precarious balance as we reach an engrossing finale hide spoiler I would rate this book 4.5 stars and inclined to round up because it is such a unique, dramatic and powerful book I would highly recommend it and I would like to thank John Murray Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC version in return for an honest review 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 attorney and consultant for the Stockholm police, makes this case the last thing he will do as he is dying from consumption He wants to solve the puzzle of the identity of the man who had no arms, no legs, no teeth, eyes or tongue Who was he Why was he tortured in such a manner Who could have done t 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 attorney and consultant for the Stockholm police, makes this case the last thing he will do as he is dying from consumption He wants to solve the puzzle of the identity of the man who had no arms, no legs, no teeth, eyes or tongue Who was he Why was he tortured in such a manner Who could have done this to him The two men, Cardell and Winge, go on a mission to solve this case before time for one, or perhaps both, run out.Kristofer Blix is the son of a doctor He writes letters to his sister in which he chronicles his life, his conquests, his good times, his misfortunes, and the horrible path he finds himself upon.Anna Stina is a beautiful young woman who finds herself committed to a horrendous workhouse accused of being a whore after upsetting the local priest Life here is horrific and she devises an escape plan.If you haven t guessed it, this one is brutal folks There are some scenes in this book which will not be for everyone If you are squeamish, you may want to think twice Whew Hard core is all I can say I found that, for me, my imagination was far worse than what was written What was written was brutal but what I imagined in my head, after readingshivers For those who dare, this was a captivating and riveting book How are these stories connected Who is the mutilated young man How did he come to suffer such a fate There is a lot of mystery here but there are also vivid descriptions not just the brutal ones , scenes which detail what like was like in Stockholm during that time The individual stories of the characters are interesting and detail each character s motivation.A brutal and chilling tale and glimpse into life in the 1700 s that I found to be captivating, depressing, and revolting all at the same time Boy, what a journey this was I enjoyed how the men approached solving their case as the had to deal with some despicable people who were part of Sweden s underbelly Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own It isFour years after the storming of the Bastille in France and than a year after the death of King Gustav III of Sweden, paranoia and whispered 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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 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 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 in that barbaric squalor, depraved and diseased city extremely well written and translated and a compelling read, this one kept me up well into the night and haunted my thoughts for a long time after A real page turner for those who can stomach it What an intriguing debut novel First a warning.This is not an easy read It is not for readers who find graphic descriptions of injuries, Despicable characters, war or torture upsetting and Niklas Natt Och Dag doesn t shy away from graphic detail Stockholm 1793, King Gustav of Sweden has been assassinated, When night watchman Mickel Cardell pulls the remains of a man from a lake, the ex soldier is confronted with a corpse that has been subjected to prolonged torture , his arms and legs cut away, his tongue and eyes removed What or Who is capable of such depraved torture and why Superb writing and vivid descriptions of a city and its inhabitants in the late 1700s I read this one with my husband and we were completely engrossed in the story and the characters and while it is a little out of my comfort zone, I loved the historical element and mystery to this one, it has a strange eerie feel to it which I loved and the sense of time and place is excellent The crime element of the story is very well crafted and executed I had a hard copy of this novel and the audio version as well and was lucky to be able to switch between the two, the audio was narrated by 3 narrators and their narration of this story was excellent It was haunting and atmospheric and so much so that while out forest walking and I had to switch off as it was way too scary to listen to in a deserted forest This is a book you choose to read and not a book that should be chosen for you 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 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 book aka t 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 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 book aka this wasn t my book my goodreads friend Katie B sent me this book Hi Katie 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 a really good read 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 travels back in 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 a really good read 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 travels back in time to earlier in the year and follows Anna Stina, a young woman wrongly accused of being a whore by the local priest and committed to a workhouse with absolutely horrendous conditions, and Kristofer Blix, a man training to be a surgeon who finds himself on a dangerous path Bit by bit you will learn how everything is connected which makes for a fascinating read.This is definitely a dark, disturbing, brutal, and graphic novel so don t go into this read thinking this will be some run of the mill type mystery However, it really is the strength of the novel as you actually feel like you are right there on the streets of Stockholm with the characters I absolutely loved how the author chose to tell the story by setting the stage first with the men investigating and then going back and showing how certain characters were connected in some way to the case, and finally the last part featuring Cardell and Winge piecing everything together The alternating timelines isof a modern and trendy way to tell a story but when you add in the 18th century setting, it just felt like a unique combination My favorite parts of the book involved Cardell and Winge as they made for an interesting duo but I did enjoy Anna Stina s storyline as well Really glad I took a chance on this one as the time period of the late 1700s is not something I know that much about, particularly what was going on in Europe so it was also nice to get a mini history lesson while reading as well Definitely recommend as a good read Thank you to Atria Books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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About the Author: Niklas Natt och Dag

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 Stockholm with his wife and their two sons.