March 2010 Indie Next List
“Henning Mankell's stand-alone novel spans 150 years in a story that begins with a murder in a small Swedish hamlet. Exquisitely plotted with dynamic characterizations, this thrilling saga is as good if not better than any of Mankell's Inspector Wallander novel.”
— Joyce Behncke, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
The best-selling, award-winning author of the Kurt Wallander series delivers an incredible stand-alone masterpiece: a bone-chilling mystery that spans two centuries and four continents.
In the far north of Sweden a small, quiet village has been almost entirely wiped out by a mass murderer. The only clue left at the scene is a red ribbon. Among the victims are the grandparents of Judge Birgitta Roslin, who sets out to find the killer. Despite being brushed off by the police, Birgitta is determined to prove that the murders were not a random act of violence but are part of something far more dark and complex. Her investigation leads to the highest echelons of power and into the recesses of history where the seeds of evil deeds were planted.
About the Author
Henning Mankell is the prizewinning author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, which were adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. His novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold thirty million copies worldwide. He is the first winner of the Ripper Award (the new European Crime Fiction Star Award) and has also received the Glass Key and Golden Dagger awards. He divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.
“A complex and enormously satisfying thriller . . . Grade: A.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Cements Mankell’s reputation as Sweden's greatest living mystery writer.” —Los Angeles Times
“This novel is epic in its scope and sure to please fans of literary and crime novels.” —USA Today
“Henning Mankell reminds us that there’s a master of Swedish noir still writing.” —The New York Times
“A page-burning new thriller . . . Mankell keeps the suspense at level 11, pulling the reader along a taut wire of political intrigue, historical wrongs, [and] personal drama.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A great mystery that belongs in the company of other knockout masterpieces of moral complexity and atmosphere like Dorothy Sayers’s The Nine Tailors, Robert Goddard’s Beyond Recall, Barbara Vine’s A Dark-Adapted Eye. . . . A brilliant tale of suspense and substance that dedicated mystery readers will want to savor.”—Washington Post
“A terrific police procedural.”—Dallas Morning News
“Mankell’s new book is an original but still chock-a-block with gory crime combined with hints of the late Stieg Larsson’s social concern and John le Carré’s international intrigue.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Absorbing. . . . Suggests the brilliance of Graham Greene . . . Mankell seems capable of just about anything.”—Toronto Star
“The Man from Beijing has the sweep of a John le Carré mystery . . . reaching back through history and across the globe.”—Winnipeg Free Press
“A compelling stand-alone novel . . . Mankell succeeds in transfixing the reader with a masterly balance of character sketches and pell-mell storytelling.”—Wall Street Journal
“Its aim is broad and high, startlingly so: It’s out to shake us up, saying something about the world we’re in, about the nature of our lives at this moment. . . . The Man from Beijing is flavored with the . . . tang of time’s passage itself. . . . Remarkable.”—Philadelphia Inquirer