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The Man from Beijing

4 Ratings: 2.8
by Henning Mankell

   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 … see full wiki

Author: Henning Mankell
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Knopf
4 reviews about The Man from Beijing
review by . January 24, 2011
Vendetta
The Man from Beijing is a Mankell novel in which Kurt Wallender never makes an appearance. The protagonist here is rather an unlikely one, being a 50-something Swedish woman who happens to be a highly regarded judge. A shocking mass murder has occurred in a remote northern village populated by elderly people, most of whom are related. When Birgitta discovers that the foster parents of her mother are among the dead, she travels to the scene of the crime to find out what the police know. Within days, …
review by . August 02, 2010
Henning Mankell surpassed himself with this superb novel
Mankell literally surpassed himself with this remarkably presented tale of a gruesome murder that affects the lives of many people in many lands. After reading his first Kurt Wallander mystery, Faceless Killers, and the five short stories called The Pyramid, I thought of Henning Mankell as a good writer, but not a terrific one. This novel, which is not about his detective Wallander, the subject of ten of his mysteries, does not have the slow almost plodding pace I felt in the two other books of …
review by . August 02, 2010
Mankell literally surpassed himself with this remarkably presented tale of a gruesome murder that affects the lives of many people in many lands. After reading his first Kurt Wallander mystery, Faceless Killers, and the five short stories called The Pyramid, I thought of Henning Mankell as a good writer, but not a terrific one. This novel, which is not about his detective Wallander, the subject of ten of his mysteries, does not have the slow almost plodding pace I felt in the two other books of …
review by . March 23, 2010
I have been enjoying the Wallander books, so I was looking forward to this new book by Mr. Mankell. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.    It begins quite well, with an entire village of elderly people slaughtered for no apparent reason. After that, it begins to go steadily downhill. The protagonist is not a detective, but a female judge who puts herself right into the midle of the police investigation. Despite being told to stop getting involved, she continues …
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