FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WALLANDER MYSTERIES REVENGE CAN TAKE MORE THAN A LIFETIME In a sleepy hamlet in north Sweden, the local police make a chilling discovery; nineteen people have been brutally slaughtered.
It is a crime unprecedented in Sweden's history and the police are under incredible pressure to solve the killings.
When Judge Birgitta Roslin reads about the massacre, she realises that she has a family connection to one of the couples involved and decides to investigate.
When the police make a hasty arrest it is left to her to investigate the source of a nineteenth century diary and red silk ribbon found near the crime scene.
What she will uncover leads her into an international web of corruption and a story of vengeance that stretches back over a hundred years.
The Man from Beijing is a gripping political thriller and a compelling detective story from a writer at the height of his powers.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/02/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099532040
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Review by DubaiReader
Very disappointing.Although I prefer Mankell's Africa books, I have also read and enjoyed several of his Wallander mysteries. Unfortunately The Man From Beijing was a great disappointment and I struggled to finish it. Not only was the translation very simplistic and clunky, but the plot and characterisations were weak too.It starts out well, with an atmospheric scene in the frozen North of Sweden, where a scene of carnage greets Karsten Hoglin, a photographer who is studying isolated villages. Alarm bells should have rung when the photographer gets little further than the outskirts of the village before having a heart attack and dying. His car swerves into a truck driven by a Polish worker who speaks no Swedish but manages to pass on the name of the village.So, almost the whole village is dead, as is our first witness, and the pattern is set; anyone who might be of any use gets killed off and characters who might have an answer for the crime are ignored. It's a hugely frustrating read, overly long by at least 150 pages and full of needless detail. Finally, at the end, having travelled to China, America, Africa and back again to Sweden, a letter is supposed to convince the police that they have been barking up the wrong tree all this time, even though they have resolutely ignored all the facts to this effect all along. No ends are tied up, no satisfaction.Henning Mankell is an author of world repute, what happened to him in this book I have no idea, but I shan't be buying his next mystery book. Two points because I finished it (and one star is reserved for books I cannot finish) but I'm being generous.
Review by devenish
Begins as a conventional Swedish murder mystery in which virtually all the inhabitants of a remote village are slaughtered. Te reader is then transported to China and then America during the 1800's to follow the fortunes,or should I say misfortunes of three young Chinese brothers.Modern-day China comes next and finally to London's China-town.The main character is a Swedish judge who attempts to solve the original murders. She is no Wallender and thats a fact.She just gets herself deeper and deeper in trouble.Is it a good read or is it not ? On the whole it holds the attention,although it could have done with a little editing i think.