A Treacherous Paradise
From the master of thriller writing, comes a sweeping historical novel based on the true story of a Swedish woman who ran the most famous brothel in Mozambique: a gripping and thought-provoking read
A Treacherous Paradise sees Henning Mankell turn his talents for writing gripping thrillers to a world where power and powerlessness meet and passion is a dangerous commodity.
Hanna Lundmark escapes the brutal poverty of rural Sweden for a job as a cook onboard a steamship headed for Australia. Jumping ship at the African port of Lourenço Marques, Hanna decides to begin her life afresh.
Stumbling across what she believes to be a down-at-heel hotel, Hanna becomes embroiled in a sequence of events that lead to her inheriting the most successful brothel in town. Uncomfortable with the attitudes of the white settlers, Hanna is determined to befriend the prostitutes working for her, and change life in the town for the better, but the distrust between blacks and whites, and the shadow of colonialism, lead to tragedy and murder.
Praise for A Treacherous Paradise
A sensuous, beguiling tapestryWilliam Boyd, New York Times
Mankell uses his deep knowledge of Mozambique’s history and politics to great advantage in this unusual and riveting storyDaily Mail
Mankell is the master. Let’s be honest: I hate thrillers. But I love MankellViv Groskop, Red Magazine
Profound and compelling… Paints a convincing and poignant pictureGood Book Guide
Mankell uses his deep knowledge of Mozambique’s history and politics to great advantage in this unusual and riveting storyKathy Stevenson, Daily Mail
IntriguingTina Moran, Daily Express
A gripping page turnerO, The Oprah Magazine