The Man from Beijing
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...more
This book begins with the discovery of a massacre of almost the entire population of a tiny village in a remote area of Sweden. 19 people have been sliced and diced in various ways. Even the pets have been brutally killed. (Hey, Sweden. WTF? S...more
I liked it a lot in the beginning and began to dislike it more and more as I got further along. He wants to talk about globalization and colonization and the New China. Fine. Why not write a travel book or non-fiction essay or something ? This is a poor piece of fiction used as a wrapper for some act...more
But I don’t think Mankell really thought through where he wante...more
All of this is played out starting with a massacre in a small Swedish town that makes no sense and b...more
The opening scenes of this book are positively chilling, when at first a hungry wolf, away from its pack, is searching for food around the tiny village of Hesjövallen and chances upon a human leg. Then later, a researcher looking into the phenomenon of small towns and villages that are simply dying out stumbles upon the scene of a massacre -- with the exception of three people, everyone person...more
The parts that work best are those when one character is being stalked by another, especially when Hong Qiu suspects that her psychopathic brother Ya Ru plans to kill her, and when the main character, Birgitta Roslin, realizes the killer is now coming for her. The mood in both sections is pretty creepy.
So the story has appeal (assuming you like the genre). But now for the...more
Internationally bestselling novelist? This is a joke, right? The author is in serious need of a thesaurus because you can only read the same descriptive phrase so many times in a single page, let alone paragraph (perhaps th...more
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The starting point is a series of murders all occurring in the same night in a remote Swedish village. The local police believe that the murderer was a deranged Swedish man who commits suicide while in custody. However a visiting judge, Birgitta Roslin, who has connections with some of the victims, comes to the view that the murders wer...more
I have read several of Mankell’s Wallander books and am currently working my way through the series, thoroughly enjoying them as I go. The blurb for The Man from Beijing sounded fascinating so I decided to give Wallander a break and read this latest standalone novel. I finished it...more
Henning is back to his true form in this one, even if the premise stretches credulity just a bit. Can't elaborate on that too much without doing a spoiler alert, but suffice to say that the root cause of a mass murder in a tiny Swedish village requires a pathological thirst for revenge that is hard to make fit with the man behind it, given everything he has to lose.
But it gives Mankell a great opportunity to explore Chinese history, and particularly the story of two brothers who are driven by po...more
I'm saying this because both have a vision of CHINA the great investor, the great landlord, the great invader. In time, it'll all belong to China. That's your country, my country, all our assets. All bought and paid for by the ever-industrious Chinese and their amazingly long forecast mentality and utter anti-humanitarian zeal.
But remember, this is where PROFIT (and its slave-making BOTTOM LINE) always takes mankind....more
As the book began, it did not grab me right away. In fact, I wasn't sure if I'd finish it. By chapter 10 I figured it was just an allegory for the relationship of China and the West from the mid-19th century to now (and this was not going to be what I wanted from this novel, I thought.) Though I did appreciate the historical links via the competing journal of San (from Guang Xi and the letters of JA from Sweden as they gave perspective to parts of my own family history - the building of the rail...more
A good read, fast and smooth. If any Swedish crime writer can match up to Steig Larsson, Mankel is at least in the running. I like him much better than Nesbo. I haven't read his Kurt Wallander mysteries and The Man From Beijing is a standalone. When I ever get through the Sara Paretsky books, I might try reading more Mankel.
I liked the character Birgitta Roslin, a middle-aged judge whose persistence solved the gruesome murder of 19 people in a tiny Swedish hamlet. She stood as a symbol of justic...more
The main plot line involves the slaughter of half a village in Sweden where the victims, mostly elderly people, are hacked up in a particularly gruesome manner by an unknown assailant. Birgitta Roslin, a Swedish judge is related to two of the dead people. Roslin, who is having some marital problems and is on leave from work for medical reasons decides to visit the village. While th...more
Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.