The Fifth Woman

The Fifth Woman

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Fifth in the Kurt Wallander series.In an African convent, four nuns and a unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered--the death of the unknown woman covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch behind his secluded home, and the body of a missing florist is discovered--strangled and tied to a tree. The only clues Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men. What ensues is a case that will test Wallanders strength and patience, because in order to discover the reason behind these murders, he will also need to uncover the elusive connection between these deaths and the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2011.
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard mass market edition
ISBN: 9780307946669
Branch Call Number: FIC Manke
Characteristics: 654 pages : 1 map ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Murray, Steven T.
Alternative Title: Femte kvinnan. English


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May 10, 2019

Probably the sixth Kurt Wallander novel. These novels are a good mix of police procedural, the psychological life of Wallander, the physical downturn of Wallander as he ages, and surprisingly for today's Trumpian America - the plight of immigrants and the rise of vigilantism. Is it that the Trump white nationalism started to flourish in Sweden perhaps 15 years ago?

Jan 03, 2018

Henning Mankell presaged current societal conditions and movements a generation ago by weaving the beginning of the needed conversations into this harrowing crime mystery.
His collection of essays, Quicksand: What It Means to be Human, is highly recommended.

Dec 27, 2016

Any mystery lover should enjoy this book. Mankell's melancholy detective, Kurt Wallender, encounters a baffling and gruesome series of murders, whose victims seem to be vaguely connected. Wallender and his colleagues struggle to put the pieces together in time to prevent another death. Suspenseful throughout, and providing the reader with just enough inside information on the murderer to keep things intriguing.

Oct 19, 2016

Swedish publication date 1996, English publication date 2000, where has everyone been!

Oct 18, 2016

I learned of this novel on a List of murder mysteries involving Africa. This complex story of revenge only peripherally involves an event in the former Belgian Congo. Most of the story unfolds in the gloom and cold of southern Sweden.

Dec 16, 2014

An excellent murder mystery with a great plot and interesting characters. I have been enjoying this author's work.

Jul 22, 2011



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Oct 14, 2016

"Everything about it suddenly gave Inspector Kurt Wallander a sense of depthless unreality. He encountered nature surrounded by plastic crime-scene tape stretched out to protect crime sites. Everywhere he went there were dead people. He could look at a swan on the water, but in the foreground lay a man who had just been pulled dead out of a sack. His work was little more than a poorly paid test of endurance. He was being paid to endure this. The plastic tape wound through his life like a snake."

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