The Man from Beijing

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Henning Mankell

Narrated By: Rosalyn Landor

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2010

Duration: 15 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Angie Teal

    Another great murder mystery from Henning Mankell. Even though the person who solved the crime was not Kurt Wallander, it was still full of the same elements: great writing, a puzzling and bloody crime scene, interesting side story and a 'detective', in this case a judge, who is smart and introspective. I must add that the villain added a very creepy element and the side story about the American railway was very instructive.

  • Margo

    I loved this book! The readers accent was fabulous! The story line was well written & different from most of the "who done it" books I usually read! If you are looking for something a little different, don't pass this up!

  • dschimbke

    I don't usually stop listening to a story, always want to know how it wraps up. I tried, I really tried to get thru to the end of this. Only made it to disc 9 or 10. It was soooooo drawn out . I kept hoping the plot would speed up.... couldn't take it anymore. WAY to slow moving, I will just have to wonder how it ended.