The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell audiobook

The Man from Beijing

By Henning Mankell
Translated by Laurie Thompson
Read by Rosalyn Landor

Random House Audio 9781846552571
15.43 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780307712363

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.

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A New York Times bestseller

Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It may not be flawless, but Henning Mankell’s The Man From Beijing is a great mystery that belongs in the company of other knockout masterpieces of moral complexity and atmosphere like Dorothy Sayers’ The Nine Tailors, Robert Goddard’s Beyond Recall, Barbara Vine’s A Dark-Adapted Eye, and Mankell’s own brilliant 2002 gloomfest, One Step Behind. The new novel’s ambitious plotting alone should be dissected and taught in MFA programs…a brilliant tale of suspense and substance that dedicated mystery readers will want to savor.” Washington Post
“A sweepingly ambitious tale of corruption, injustice, and revenge…Breathtakingly bold in its scope.” Kirkus Reviews
“Mankell humanizes the earnest, even meddlesome Roslin, so that the reader can't help but wish her well.” Library Journal
With this overwhelming thriller, Mankell has perhaps presented us with his best book ever. Westdeutsche Allgemeine (Germany)
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) 
Mankell’s best thriller in fifteen years. Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)
Mankell shows us once again that he is the absolute master of his class. Kulturbase (Germany)
Explosive. Leben & Glauben (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)
Breathtakingly bold in its scope. Kirkus Reviews
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.
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
The book cements Mankell’s reputation as Sweden’s greatest living mystery writer . . . Roslin is a sort of Nordic Miss Marple. Los Angeles Times
This is hands down the best thriller I’ve read in five years. Grade: A . . . Complex and enormously satisfying. Entertainment Weekly
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
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    
A must-read for anyone interested in the international crime novel. Booklist
Scandinavian crime writing has seldom shouldered the burdens of world history with such upfront ambition. Independent (UK)

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Author Bio: Henning Mankell

Author Bio: Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 15.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English