A Treacherous Paradise ~ Henning Mankell

treacherous.paradiseA new Henning Mankell Book – “A Treacherous Paradise” has just arrived!

Hanna Lundmark escapes the brutal poverty of rural Sweden for a job as a cook on board a steamship headed for Australia.  To her surprise, she finds love in the form of the ship’s mate, whom she marries, but disaster strikes when her husband contracts a fatal illness.  Jumping ship at the African port of Lourenco Marques, Hanna decides to  begin her life afresh.

Stumbling across what she believes to be a down-at-heel hotel, Hanna becomes embroiled in a sequence of events that lead to her inheriting the most successful brothel in town.  Uncomfortable with the attitudes of the white settlers, Hanna is determined to befriend the prostitutes working for her, and change life in the town for the better, but  the distrust between blacks and whites, and the shadow of colonialism, lead to tragedy and murder.

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