The Man from Beijing (eBook)


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.  

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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.

Praise for The Man from Beijing…

“This is hands down the best thriller I’ve read in five years. Grade: A . . . Complex and enormously satisfying.”
Entertainment Weekly

“The book cements Mankell’s reputation as Sweden’s greatest living mystery writer . . . Roslin is a sort of Nordic Miss Marple.”
Los Angeles Times

“Mankell succeeds in transfixing the reader with a masterly balance of character sketches and pell-mell storytelling. He is entirely convincing in his depiction of ordinary people becoming enmeshed in geopolitical intrigue.”
Wall Street Journal

“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
“A must-read for anyone interested in the international crime novel.”

“Over the past decade or so, Henning Mankell has built a large audience that, even now, in the (mostly) snowless U.S., can’t wait to find copies of his new snowbound work of mystery. The Man from Beijing more than repays such patience. It’s a terrific police procedural . . . Despite the broad reach of the plot, the book never puts the reader in danger of losing interest.”
—Alan Cheuse, Dallas Morning News 
The Man from Beijing, though not a Wallander novel, is the equal to any in that series. It’s the work of a writer with the imagination, brains, resources, and joinerly craft needed to make thoughtful, challenging, exciting, artistic novels . . . Remarkable.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Scandinavian crime writing has seldom shouldered the burdens of world history with such upfront ambition.”
Independent (UK)
“Breathtakingly bold in its scope.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Gripping . . . It is the disruption, the threat and the delicious chill of fear, all safely contained, that is the pleasure of this book.”
Observer (UK) 

“With this overwhelming thriller, Mankell has perhaps presented us with his best book ever.” 
 —Westdeutsche Allgemeine (Germany)
“Mankell’s best thriller in fifteen years.” 
 —Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
“A fantastic book . . . The book of the year so far . . . Whether you read it as a suspense novel, a thriller, or as commentary on the world of today with roots more than 150 years back, it is fascinating.” 
 —Kulturspeilet (Norway)
“[The Man from Beijing] conquers the world.” 
 —Borås Tidning (Sweden)
“Mankell shows us once again that he is the absolute master of his class.” 
 —Kulturbase (Germany)
“There is no doubt that Mankell with this blockbuster of a thriller has written one of his best books . . . Suspense until the last page, audacious storytelling, and two female main characters presented with care and compassion.”
Dagsavisen (Norway)
Leben & Glauben (Germany)


Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307593177
Published: Vintage, 02/16/2010
Language: en

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