The Man from Beijing

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Henning Mankell

Narrated By: Rosalyn Landor

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2010

Duration: 15 hours 29 minutes


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.


  • 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.