The Man from Beijing
On a freezing day in January, a body is found in the snow in the small village of Hesjövallen in northern Sweden and the police are called for investigation. Going from house to house, they soon discover that the largest massacre in Swedish history has taken place here. Judge Birgitta Roslin reads about the crimes in the paper and realizes that she has relatives who are involved and decides to do an unofficial investigation. With a nineteenth-century diary and a red ribbon as her only clues, she starts to dig into the past. Slowly, she comes to realize that she has stumbled upon a web of international vendettas and corruption that stretches over three continents and a hundred years.
Henning Mankell (born in 1948) is mainly known for his crime novels, starring his creation Inspector Kurt Wallander. Mankell made his fictional debut in 1977 and has since then published close to 80 plays, crime novels, essays, children’s books and fiction for young adults.