Poignant start to my homemade advent calendar (a gift for the man who has everything, but could do with a bit more wisdom). We lost Henning Mankell to the eternity he railed against earlier this year. An author able to write thrillers with a social conscience and of murder and mayhem while appealing for peace and compassion. He never wavered. He had his dizzying second and was generous (and talented) enough to share it far and wide. Much missed. If you haven’t read his lesser-known The Man from Beijing I would thoroughly recommend it (think I found a copy in Hong Kong library). Dark and insightful.