Kennedy's Brain

Kennedy's Brain

by Henning Mankell
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Kennedy's Brain by Henning Mankell

An original and breathtaking thriller surrounding one of the most important issues of our time, from internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Henning Mankell.

When archaeologist Louise Cantor’s son Henrik is found dead in his flat, she refuses to believe it was suicide. Despite traces of sleeping tablets in his system, several clues that only a mother knows lead her to believe something more sinister took place.

However Louise soon realizes that Henrik had kept many things from her and is shocked to learn he had contracted HIV. While looking through his papers, she discovers he was obsessed with the conspiracy theory that JFK’s brain disappeared prior to the autopsy—along with the vital evidence regarding bullet exit wounds. The only lead is a letter and photograph from Henrik’s girlfriend in Mozambique.

Louise’s quest to unravel the mystery surrounding her son’s death takes her to Africa, a continent rife with disease, poverty and corruption. Struggling to cope with the oppressive heat and sickness, Louise sees fear in every face, even unexpectedly in the clinics set up by an American businessman. In Kennedy’s Brain Mankell confirms his status as a master of suspense, and delivers a timely and riveting thriller that will have readers on the edge their seats until the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307385918
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,252,422
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Henning Mankell is the prizewinning and internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander mysteries now dominating bestseller lists throughout Europe. He devotes much of his free time to working with AIDS charities in Africa where he is also director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique.


Mozambique, Africa

Date of Birth:

February 3, 1948

Place of Birth:

Stockholm, Sweden


Folkskolan Elementary Shool, Sveg; Högre Allmäna Läroverket, Borås

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Kennedy's Brain 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Most of us know Henning Mankell from his spectacularly successful series of murder mysteries featuring a grumpy and aging, but respected Swedish police inspector, Kurt Wallander. When I learned Henning Mankell spent half his time in Africa, and half at home in Sweden, I didn't know what to expect of his Africa novels. I knew his writing wasn't anything like that of Alexander McCall Smith, whose charming mysteries are more likely to plumb the depths of a philosophical question rather than a gruesome murder. In Kennedy's Brain we are treated to a literary polemic reminiscent of John LeCarre's The Constant Gardener, which raged against the excesses and greed of capitalist pharmaceutical companies operating in Africa. The story, of unregulated drug trials on healthy and sick Africans, ostensibly in search of a cure for AIDs, may suffer a bit in the telling but the rage of the author is fierce and very real. I sincerely wish the story hadn't a grain of truth, but I fear Mankell would not have sustained the telling of the story were it not so. Here is mystery indeed, and murder, though I prefer mine to be all fiction. Mankell deserves credit for looking long and hard at a very ugly story, and finding a way to tell us what we do not want to hear.
RSRS More than 1 year ago
I like all Henning Mankell's books, but this is the best of the lot so far. A mother's reaction to a son's death may be a common theme, but in this case it's especially well done. The mother's tenacity in seeking the truth (suicide or murder) may be over the top, but it's all part of Mankell's broader concern about AIDS and Africa. A wonderful combination of personal, social, economic, and poltical issues - highly entertaining and instructive at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author, with the Wallander series, and almost decided not to read this one after reading previous reviews. It was great! It does convince me that it's the author's voice/characters/plots that I love and not just Wallander. I'm not sure why others didn't like this one-it's thrilling and has an interesting couple as the main characters and also moves across several interesting countries. I knew the Swedish author lived in Africa part time and also wondered about that given Sweden at most of the locals for his other books. This one gave me some insight into his experiences in Africa and I enjoyed it. I will get more non "Wallander" books now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another fantastic book. I was on the edge of my chair throughout!
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Interestingi premise, weak ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Mankell skip this one and preserve your good opinion
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I have read many of Henning Mankell's books and this was such a disappointment. The dialog was so trite it reminded me of romance novels when the heroine, always sees shadows and can never make a decision.
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The plot is both boring and complicated. The translation may be at fault. It has no suspense and does not engage the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Henning Mankell reader, have loved all of his books, but somehow he got lost in this one. Very depressing, not even interesting, I put it down the last 40 pages, not even caring how it ended.