The Last Good Man

The Last Good Man

A Novel

Book - 2012
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In Jewish scripture, there is a legend: There are thirty-six righteous people on earth. The thirty-six protect us. Without them, humanity would perish. But the thirty-six do not know they are the chosen ones.

In Beijing, a monk collapses in his chamber, dead. A fiery mark--a tattoo? a burn?--spreads across his back and down his spine. In Mumbai, a beloved economist, a man who served the poor, dies suddenly. His corpse reveals the same symbol. Similar deaths are reported around the world--the victims all humanitarians, all with the same death mark. In Venice, an enterprising Italian policeman links the deaths, tracing the evidence. Who is killing good people around the world?

In Copenhagen, police are preparing for a world climate summit when they receive the Interpol alert. The task falls to veteran detective Niels Bentzon: Find the "good people" of Denmark and warn them. But Bentzon is a man who is trained to see the worst in humanity, not the good. One by one, people are crossed off his list. He senses their secrets and wrongdoings.

Just as Bentzon is ready to give up, he meets Hannah Lund, a brilliant astrophysicist mourning the death of her son and the implosion of her marriage. With Hannah's help, Bentzon begins to piece together the puzzle of these far-flung deaths. A pattern emerges. It is, they realize, a perfectly executed plan of murder. There have been thirty-four deaths--two more to come if the legend is true. According to the pattern, Bentzon and Hannah can predict the time and place of the final two murders. The deaths will occur in Venice and Copenhagen. And the time is now.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451640755
Branch Call Number: KAZ
Characteristics: 469 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 12, 2018

Racist? Not exactly sure why anyone would think that the Jewish notion of each generation containing Lamed Vav Tzadikim (36 righteous persons) that perform a needed task and return to anonymity, afterwards, is racist.

It is merely a plot device for an engrossing thriller. In this story the Tzadikim Nistarim (hidden righteous ones) are not even Jewish.

For example when Ayn Rand uses the same trope in her bestseller Atlas Shrugged, none of "The Strikers" that retreat to Galt's Gulch during the collapse of the fascist government are religious in any conventional sense, but, the 36 do return to the world and rebuild it.

Sep 17, 2016

Another poorly developed novel by two Danes who want to capitalize on Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell's popularity. There was one highly rated review for this book which is why I ordered it but believe me if you have read the excellent novels by Val McDermid, Minette Walters, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, P.D. James etc. you will be very disappointed in this novel. As well it is quite racist.

Apr 20, 2013

What a fascinating plot, and very suspensefully put together. A must read!

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