Kennedy's Brain

Kennedy's Brain

Book - 2007
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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 Carré'sThe Constant Gardener, Kennedy's Brainwas 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 Brainis both a thrilling page-turner and a damning indictment of inhuman greed in the face of the African AIDS crisis.
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2007
ISBN: 9781595581846
Branch Call Number: F Man
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-


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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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