Kennedy's Brain

Kennedy's Brain

Book - 2007
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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."
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 9780676979176
Characteristics: 328 pages ;,24 cm.


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Nov 05, 2019

I have been a Henning Mankell fan for more than 25 years - sadly he has left us. My favorites were always the Wallander series. ( The Swedish series is by far the better of the television shows that have been produced, but Kenneth Branagh did a pretty good job of filling large shoes in the British version. ) Kennedy's Brain is set largely in Africa and features a woman as the main investigator. I enjoyed the films despite my Wallander bias - good mystery. Interesting global combination - a German film of a Swedish author set in Africa..... Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 06, 2015

Excellent! I recommend it!

Feb 19, 2014

An excellent, harrowing, and intriguing story about killings, crimes, and misuse of power revolving around Aids in Africa and in particular Southern Africa. Although the title is Kennedy's Brain and has innuendos of conspiracy in Kennedy's death, it is only used to juxtapose the magnitude and the idea of a possible cover-up surrounding Aids in this continent. Specifically, how might drug and pharmacuetical companies, related business entities, profiteers, etc., are using africans and that continent, as one would use mice under laboratory conditions; to develop, test, essentially perpetuating Aids in africans with the main purpose of profit, power and market position.

Aug 02, 2012

This book tells the story of an archeologist unravelling the mystery of son's murder, using the methodology of archeology. It is also about AIDs in Africa. A good book.

Dec 30, 2011

"Average" it was not, but I don't know how else to rate it. It was grim and unpleasant, and had nothing to do with Kennedy's brain. I expected a lot more from the hype. OTOH, it was decently written even after translation, cleverly plotted, and I guess makes you think.

Apr 13, 2010

African scenes and characters interesting but shallow. Some of the plot is too improbable. Still kept me interested to the end.

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