The Man from Beijing

Author(s): Henning Mankell
Original Publish Date: Feb 16, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.42 hours)
Product Number: Z100010548
Released: Feb 16, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307712387
Narrator/s: Rosalyn Landor
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 HesjOvallen, 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 AndrEns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an AndrEn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the nineteenth-century diary of an AndrEn 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 HesjOvallen 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 HesjOvallen murders.

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Author(s): Henning Mankell
Product Number EB00170862
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307593177

Professional reviews

"Was there a narrator in this audiobook? I can barely remember. And I mean that as the highest compliment. Rosalyn Landor is so in sync with Mankell's stand-alone thriller--so measured, nuanced, selfless--that it's as if the book were downloaded directly to one's brain rather than delivered through an intermediary. There is absolutely no showiness to her performance, and her characterizations are subtle but distinctive. Landor's gifts keep one alert and ever apprehensive in a story that begins in Sweden with the horrifying slaughter of an entire town of people and reaches in surprising directions across continents--to Nevada and China and Africa and London--as well as 150 years of time. With Landor in utter control, one is never in danger of wandering away. M.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"