What I thought was going to be a fairly straightforward mystery ended up being an interesting exploration of justice, family dynamics, revenge, and the past (and future) of socialism in China. I loved the complex stories (past and present) that were woven together. My only problem is that I felt that Mankell started to lose the plot (literally) as the book approached the end. There is something that seems to me to be a continuity issue, but more to the point, one of the main characters did a couple of things that seemed really improbable to me.
One of the best books I'd read recently, until the ending. But I could be in the minority.
My first audiobook -- and I couldn't have picked a better one. Grafton's mysteries have gotten more sophisticated as the series have progressed -- I've particularly liked the last two or three.
The narrator did a terrific job -- with just a few character "voices" that I didn't like. I was sad when this ended.
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