Internationally bestselling novelist Henning Mankell delivers a terrifying thriller inspired by the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Henning Mankell, the acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander mysteries, has put his unmistakable stamp on this gripping new thriller. Archaeologist Louise Cantor returns home to Sweden and makes a devastating discovery: her only child, twenty-eight-year-old Henrik, dead in his bed. The police rule his death a suicide but she knows he was murdered; her quest to find out what really happened to Henrik takes her across the globe to Barcelona, where her son kept a secret apartment; Sydney, Australia, to find Aron, her estranged ex-husband and Henrik's father; and to Maputo, Mozambique, where she learns the awful truth behind an AIDS hospice. Her investigation reveals how much her son concealed from her as she uncovers the links between his death, the African AIDS epidemic, and Western pharmaceutical interests, while those who dare help her are killed off. In the tradition of John le Carre's "The Constant Gardener, Kennedy's Brain" was inspired by Mankell's anger at ongoing inequities that permit a few people to have unprecedented power over the many poor Africans who have none. Already a bestseller in Europe, "Kennedy's Brain" is both a thrilling page-turner and a damning indictment of inhuman greed in the face of the African AIDS crisis.
Henning Mankell (1948-2015) was Sweden's most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: Laurie Thompson is the distinguished translator of novels by Henning Mankell and Hakan Nesser. He was editor of Swedish Book Review between 1983 and 2002.
" . . . yet another magnificently composed novel." -- "O stgo ta Correspondenten" (Sweden) " . . . his most important crime novel so far." -- "Aftonbladet "(Sweden) " An action-packed novel that keeps the reader fastened to his seat until the very last page." -- "Luxemburger Wort" (Germany) " A new masterpiece from the great novelist Mankell." -- "Kleine Zeitung" (Germany)