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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
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The Man from Beijing (original 2008; edition 2010)

by Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator), Rosalyn Landor (Reader)

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Title:The Man from Beijing
Authors:Henning Mankell
Other authors:Laurie Thompson (Translator), Rosalyn Landor (Reader)
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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (2008)

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Although Birgitta Roslin is not anywhere near as interesting a character as Kurt Wallander, the story is still fascinating. It took some time to get going but once it did, it was hard to put down. Still, I want to read the final Wallander book.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
The man from Beijing wanted revenge on behalf of his ancestors. A relative of the victims gradually puts the pieces together. Having read Mr. Mankell’s “Kurt Wallander” series, where his detectives systematically get the bad guys, I found these policemen to be written quite differently. (hmm...)

The action goes from the harsh winter scene in the small Swedish hamlet where the mystery starts, to the streets of Beijing and a glimpse into a vengeful mind. Along the way, is a back story of China in the 1890s, with starving Chinese, peasants Shanghaied and sold to work building the railroad on the American continent. Chinese politics and problems facing the country are also touched upon.

I’m already a Henning Mankell fan, and this was another good story. ( )
  countrylife | Apr 21, 2014 |
Henning Mankell is a masterful crime writer in translation - I am assuming he is as good or even better in his native language. This is a wonderfully nonlinear tail, and eschews classical expectations for the resolution of an investigation. Well worth a read. ( )
  pratalife | Feb 9, 2014 |
Henning Mankell is a masterful crime writer in translation - I am assuming he is as good or even better in his native language. This is a wonderfully nonlinear tail, and eschews classical expectations for the resolution of an investigation. Well worth a read. ( )
  pratalife | Feb 9, 2014 |
I have thoroughly enjoyed all Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries; however, The Man from Beijing, while displaying the same writing style - direct, first person narration- is quite different in other ways. The novel opens in typical Mankell fashion - the winter Swedish landscape, an unsuspecting civilian who encounters unspeakable murder victims, hard boiled, but dedicated police trying to unravel a terrible murder spree. Then it shifts abruptly to a Swedish judge, Birgitta Roslin, and her life. Then it shifts to to 1863 and the life of a Chinese peasant who ends up in America, building a portion of the transcontiental RR, and eventually returns to his native China. Then it shifts to December 2005 in modern Beijing to Ya Ru, a modern Chinese entrepreneur and obviously wealthy power broker, and his sister, Hong Qiu. Eventually, the separate threads connect, but I found the shifts so abrupt (Mankell does divide some of these with Part I, Part II, etc) and the long political examinations of Chinese politics too much of a drag on the pacing...sigh.
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Mankell’s fierce instinct for social criticism is admirable. If only it didn’t sabotage the opportunity for old-fashioned whodunit delight.
 

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Synopsis for the Dutch edition:
"Op een koude dag in januari 2006 doet de politie van het stadje Hesjövallen een verschrikkelijke ontdekking. Er heeft een bloedbad plaatsgevonden. Achttien mensen zijn op beestachtige manier vermoord. Een krankzinnige moordenaar moet aan het werk zijn geweest.
Als Birgitta Roslin, rechter in Helsingborg, de berichten erover leest, is ze met stomheid geslagen. Want bijna alle slachtoffers zijn verwanten van haar.
Omdat de politie geen enkel spoor van de dader vindt en geen enkel aanknopingspunt heeft voor verder onderzoek, besluit Birgitta de zaak zelf te onderzoeken.
Het onderzoek voert Birgitta naar het verleden en leidt haar naar verschillende continenten. Ze maakt hardhandig kennis met een nieuwe supermacht die zijn plaats opeist in de internationale arena."
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Hudiksvall, January 2006, police find eighteen people massacred in a small village. They think it's the work of a mad man but Birgitta and August believe they were killed by the same person who killed their mother.

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