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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099532040
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $19.99

The Man From Beijing

A brutal revenge story that is both a gripping police procedural and a chilling political thriller.



In a sleepy hamlet in north Sweden, the local police make a chilling discovery; nineteen people have been brutally slaughtered. It is a crime unprecedented in Sweden's history and the police are under incredible pressure to solve the killings.

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. When the police make a hasty arrest it is left to her to investigate the source of a nineteenth century diary and red silk ribbon found near the crime scene. What she will uncover leads her into an international web of corruption and a story of vengeance that stretches back over a hundred years.

The Man from Beijing is a gripping political thriller and a compelling detective story from a writer at the height of his powers.

  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099532040
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) became a worldwide phenomenon with his crime writing, gripping thrillers and atmospheric novels set in Africa. His prizewinning and critically acclaimed Inspector Wallander Mysteries continue to dominate bestseller lists all over the globe and his books have been translated into forty-five languages and made into numerous international film and television adaptations: most recently the BAFTA-award-winning BBC television series Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Driven by a desire to change the world and to fight against racism and nationalism, Mankell devoted much of his time to working with charities in Africa, including SOS Children’s Villages and PLAN International, where he was also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. In 2008, the University of St Andrews conferred Henning Mankell with an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in recognition of his major contribution to literature and to the practical exercise of conscience.


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Praise for The Man From Beijing

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

The Economist

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


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