The Man from Beijing Author:Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator) The acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, writing at the height of his powers, now gives us an electrifying stand-alone global thriller. — January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. — Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be sh... more »ocked: Her grandparents, the Andréns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrén family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andrén ancestor -- a gang master on the American transcontinental railway -- that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed the Hesjövallen murders, but Birgitta is determined to uncover what she now suspects is a more complicated truth.
The investigation leads to the highest echelons of power in present-day Beijing, and to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But the narrative also takes us back 150 years into the depths of the slave trade between China and the United States -- a history that will ensnare Birgitta as she draws ever closer to solving the Hesjövallen murders.« less
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This is the first Henning Mankel book I've read. I've rated it just OK. It started out very fast paced and had me hooked. However after that things got really bogged down. The story skipped around,first to China and the American west of 100yrs ago then to modern day China. It was more historical fiction than mystery and very slow going. The ending picked up the pace again but it wasn't really satisfying.
Once again Mankell draws you in right away. There is a lot of interesting information about China and capitalism and how the evolution affects the characters in the story. The tale starts with a viscious mass-murder in Sweden, travels to the past, and to present day China. Well worth a read.