The Man from Beijing is a stand-alone, not a Kurt Wallander mystery. I didn't realize that when I checked it out.
A mass murder almost entirely wipes out a small, isolated farming village populated by mostly elderly people who are related. There are 19 bodies, and the police assume a mad man had run amuck.
Brigitta Roslin, a district judge, realizes that among the victims are her mother's foster parents, and her curiosity demands further information. Using an old diary, she believes that there is a Chinese connection to the murders. The first of the novel is involving.
However, as the narrative continues, the plot becomes first dull and then pedantic. The admiration for Chairman Mao bothered me. The connections between Sweden, America, Africa,and China seemed forced and a bit off-the-wall.
I was hoping for a Kurt Wallander procedural, not political digressions.
Fiction. Mystery/Crime. 2010. 367 pages.