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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)
Info:Random House Audio (2010), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell (2008)

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This story ends well, and has a wonderful main character. Brigitta Roslin is a middle-aged judge in Sweden with a marriage that has stopped being a source of nourishment. A series of odd murders in northern Sweden captures Judge Roslin's attention and this ultimately leads her to China, London, and other locals. The author, Henning Mankell, taking along detour through China in the mid-nineteenth century and tries to connect it up to the murders in northern Sweden that pull Judge Roslin in, and almost get her killed. It was a long detour and I am not sure it was worth the trip. The last 100 pages are quite suspenseful. The story is well crafted and I love that the main character is a judge in her fifties... ( )
  tinkermn | Aug 11, 2014 |
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 |
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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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"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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