A brutal revenge story that is both a gripping police procedural and a chilling political thriller
One cold January day the police are called to a sleepy little hamlet in the north of Sweden where they discover a savagely murdered man lying in the snow. As they begin their investigation they notice that the village seems eerily quiet and deserted. Going from house to house, looking for witnesses, they uncover a crime unprecedented in Swedish history.
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. A nineteenth-century diary and a red silk ribbon found in the forest nearby are the only clues.
What Birgitta eventually uncovers leads her into an international web of corruption and a story of vengeance that stretches back over a hundred years, linking China and the USA of the 1860s with modern-day Beijing, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and coming to a shocking climax in London’s Chinatown.
The Man from Beijing is both a gripping and perceptive political thriller and a compelling detective story. It shows Henning Mankell at the height of his powers, handling a broad historical canvas and pressing international issues with his exceptional gifts for insight and chilling suspense.
“Scandinavian crime writing has seldom shouldered the burdens of world history with such upfront ambition”
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
“Mr Mankell is a master portraitist of Sweden's underside”
“Mankell's great strength as a crime writer is evident: his ability to make normal life compelling...”
Heather O'Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement
“A generally gripping thriller”
Andrew Brown, The Observer
“A genuinely gripping crime novel”
Joan Smith, Sunday Times
“The master of the Swedish crime thriller... a master modern storyteller”
Barry Forshaw, Daily Express
“More of a police anti-procedural, given the local force's investigation that resists any leads thrown up by the judge, Mankell's novel is nevertheless hugely enjoyable, full of suspense and braced with historical interest”
James Urquhart, Financial Times
“Mankell's cool intelligence and taut plotting shine as ever”