The acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries now gives us an electrifying stand-alone thriller that takes off into a sweeping international drama.
January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesj�vallen, 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 Andr�ns, are among the victims. The police insist that only a lunatic could have committed the murders. But when Birgitta discovers the diary of another Andr�n--a gang master on the American transcontinental railway in the nineteenth century--that describes the cruel treatment of Chinese slave-workers, she is determined to uncover what she suspects is a more complicated truth.
The investigation leads to modern-day Beijing and its highest echelons of power, to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. But the narrative also takes us back 150 years, into a history that will ensnare Birgitta as she draws ever closer to solving the Hesj�vallen murders.
This is Henning Mankell at the height of his powers.
A massacre in the remote Swedish village of Hesj�vallen propels this complex, if diffuse, stand-alone thriller from Mankell (The Pyramid). Judge Birgitta Roslin, whose mother grew up in the village, comes across diaries from the house of one of the 19 mostly elderly victims kept by Jan Andr�n, an immigrant ancestor of Roslin's. The diaries cover Andr�n's time as a foreman on the building of the transcontinental railroad in the United States. An extended flashback charts the journey of a railroad worker, San, who was kidnapped in China and shipped to America in 1863. After finding evidence linking a mysterious Chinese man to the Hesj�vallen murders, Roslin travels to Beijing, suspecting that the motive for the horrific crime is rooted in the past. While each section, ranging in setting from the bleak frozen landscape of northern Sweden to modern-day China bursting onto the global playing field, compels, the parts don't add up to a fully satisfying whole. Author tour. (Feb.)
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1 . Not Stieg Larsson
Posted April 14, 2010 by Catherine P , Durham NCI bought this while waiting for the 3rd Larsson book to come out, and it is the first Mankell book I have read. It is story with interesting possibilities but the narrative is too often discursive. The long-winded "lecture" we are forced to endure about 2/3 of the way through seemed like padding and really doesn't advance the story in the least. There were many unresolved questions, such as the young boy in the Swedish village. The physical tension between the judge and her conductor husband was gratuitous, adding nothing really to the novel. The real connection between the historical Chinese laborers and the titan of modern China was not resolved. I'll try another Mankell and hope it's better than this.
2 . Wonderful Mankell
Posted March 25, 2010 by Audrey , SeattleA different kind of story than the usual Mankell, very exciting and the China premise is really imaginative. The translation is also perfect! If you wait for each Henning Mankell book you won't be disappointed
February 15, 2010
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