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The acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, writing at the height of his powers, now gives us an electrifying stand-alone global thriller.January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andréns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrén family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andrén ancestor—a gang master on the American transcontinental railway—that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed the Hesjövallen murders, but Birgitta is determined to uncover what she now suspects is a more complicated truth.The investigation leads to the highest echelons of power in present-day Beijing, and to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But the narrative also takes us back 150 years into the depths of the slave trade between China and the United States—a history that will ensnare Birgitta as she draws ever closer to solving the Hesjövallen murders.From the Hardcover edition.
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Unabridged
Street Date:
02/16/2010
Language:
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ISBN:
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Henning Mankell. (2010). The Man From Beijing. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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The acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, writing at the height of his powers, now gives us an electrifying stand-alone global thriller.
January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene.
Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andréns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrén family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an Andrén ancestor—a gang master on the American transcontinental railway—that describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed the Hesjövallen murders, but Birgitta is determined to uncover what she now suspects is a more complicated truth.
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From the Hardcover edition.
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      • content: "This is hands down the best thriller I've read in five years. Grade: A . . . Complex and enormously satisfying."
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      • source: Los Angeles Times
      • content: "The book cements Mankell's reputation as Sweden's greatest living mystery writer . . . Roslin is a sort of Nordic Miss Marple."
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      • content: "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."
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      • source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      • content: "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."
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      • content: "A must-read for anyone interested in the international crime novel."
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      • source: Alan Cheuse, Dallas Morning News
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Philadelphia Inquirer
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Independent (UK)
      • content: "Scandinavian crime writing has seldom shouldered the burdens of world history with such upfront ambition."
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      • content: "Breathtakingly bold in its scope."
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      • source: Observer (UK)
      • content: "Gripping . . . It is the disruption, the threat and the delicious chill of fear, all safely contained, that is the pleasure of this book."
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      • source: Westdeutsche Allgemeine (Germany)
      • content: "With this overwhelming thriller, Mankell has perhaps presented us with his best book ever."
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      • content: "Mankell's best thriller in fifteen years."
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      • source: Kulturspeilet (Norway)
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Borås Tidning (Sweden)
      • content: "[The Man from Beijing] conquers the world."
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      • content: "Mankell shows us once again that he is the absolute master of his class."
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      • source: Dagsavisen (Norway)
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Leben & Glauben (Germany)
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      • content: Was there a narrator in this audiobook? I can barely remember. And I mean that as the highest compliment. Rosalyn Landor is so in sync with Mankell's stand-alone thriller--so measured, nuanced, selfless--that it's as if the book were downloaded directly to one's brain rather than delivered through an intermediary. There is absolutely no showiness to her performance, and her characterizations are subtle but distinctive. Landor's gifts keep one alert and ever apprehensive in a story that begins in Sweden with the horrifying slaughter of an entire town of people and reaches in surprising directions across continents--to Nevada and China and Africa and London--as well as 150 years of time. With Landor in utter control, one is never in danger of wandering away. M.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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        December 21, 2009
        A massacre in the remote Swedish village of Hesjövallen propels this complex, if diffuse, stand-alone thriller from Mankell (The Pyramid
        ). Judge Birgitta Roslin, whose mother grew up in the village, comes across diaries from the house of one of the 19 mostly elderly victims kept by Jan Andrén, an immigrant ancestor of Roslin's. The diaries cover Andrén's time as a foreman on the building of the transcontinental railroad in the United States. An extended flashback charts the journey of a railroad worker, San, who was kidnapped in China and shipped to America in 1863. After finding evidence linking a mysterious Chinese man to the Hesjövallen murders, Roslin travels to Beijing, suspecting that the motive for the horrific crime is rooted in the past. While each section, ranging in setting from the bleak frozen landscape of northern Sweden to modern-day China bursting onto the global playing field, compels, the parts don't add up to a fully satisfying whole. Author tour.

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The acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries now gives us an electrifying stand-alone thriller that takes off into a sweeping international drama.

January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjövallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: her grandparents, the Andréns, are among the victims. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed the murders. But when Birgitta discovers the diary of another Andrén--a gang master on the American transcontinental railway in the nineteenth century--that describes the cruel treatment of Chinese slave-workers, she is determined to uncover what she suspects is a more complicated truth.

The investigation leads to modern-day Beijing and its highest echelons of power, to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But the narrative also takes us back 150 years, into a history that will ensnare Birgitta as she draws...
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