Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Fiction from Henning Mankell


Swedish detective fiction is hot! New on our shelves today: the latest from Henning Mankell: The Man from Beijing. Mankell has already made a name for himself as the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander series. [The BBC series starring Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander, which I wrote about earlier, was a big hit. The second series of three books, starting with Faceless Killers and again starring Branagh, began airing on the BBC last month.]

The Man from Beijing has all the excitement of Mankell's other books but is a brilliant new departure: an explosive, stand-alone mystery of international scope. It opens with the death of nineteen people in the Swedish hamlet of Hesj√∂vallen — a red ribbon found at the scene is the only clue. The ensuing investigation leads to the highest echelons of power in present-day Beijing, and to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. I've heard from fans of Mankell's Wallander books that this is Mankell's best book yet, so I hope you'll give it a try.

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