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The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell

The Fifth Woman (1996)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (6)

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Kurt Wallender is the Swedish detective created by Henning Mankell. All Mankell's books are absorbing. ( )
  UtopianPessimist | Jan 18, 2017 |
Bad guys get a piece of justice. ( )
  d3vr | Dec 28, 2016 |
This is the same high quality we have come to expect from Mankell. My only possible complaint is that the reader is given a bit more help than I felt was necessary. Nevertheless it is a good mystery and worth reading. ( )
  mldavis2 | Jun 18, 2016 |
Police procedural fans will enjoy this book. Translated from Swedish, the tale follows Detective Kurt Wallander and his team as they pursue and unusual serial killer. ( )
  debs913 | Apr 2, 2016 |
I've put off reading The Fifth Woman for some time because I watched the tv adaptation (Kenneth Branagh) a few years ago: I wanted to wait until I forgot enough of the plot to make the reading of the book suspenseful. Needless to say, I enjoyed the book more than the film, and the book had a subplot or two that I don't remember in the film, which added extra depth.

Wallander investigates a batch of seemingly unrelated, horribly violent murders in the fall when his father dies, and the crimes and his grief affect him deeply. The investigation is quite long and involved because the police do not have any viable theories of the case for a number of weeks, and that makes for a bit of a slow read in the middle of the story. The conclusion is very brisk, and I'm most impressed with the epilogue which basically involves Wallander reflecting on the crime and himself, which felt like a necessary part of the story because he felt so on edge during the investigation.

This series is one of my favorites, but I've decided to write just a few thoughts about it because it's one I've blogged about before.
  rkreish | Mar 13, 2015 |
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«Den femte kvinnen» er den sjette romanen med Kurt Wallander i hovedrollen og Mankell er solid som vanlig. 200 sider for solid.
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Terje Thorsen (Apr 7, 1998)

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"Jag såg Gud i drömmen och han hade två ansikten. Ett som var lent och milt som en mors ansikte och det andra som liknade Satans ansikte." Ur Imamens fall / av Nawal el Saadwi
"Spindelnätet väver med kärlek och omsorg sin spindel." Okänt afrikanskt ursprung
" I saw God in a dream and He had two faces. One was soft and kind like a mother's face, and the other looked like the face of Satan. From The Fall of the Imam, by Nawal El Saadawi
" With love and care the spiderweb weaves its spider." African Proverb
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Den natt de hade kommit för att utföra sitt heliga uppdrag hade allting varit mycket stilla.
The letter arrived in Ystad on 19 August 1993.
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Ik zag God in mijn dromen en Hij had twee gezichten. een dat zcht en vriendelijk was als van een moeder en het andere dat leek op het gezicht van Satan. ( Nawal el-Saadawi, De val van de imam )
Het spinneweb weeft zijn spin met liefde en zorg. ( van onbekende Afrikaanse oorsprong )
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Sinopsis de la contratapa: La placidez habitual de la ciudad sueca de Ystad se ve rota cuando, con cierto intervalo de tiempo, tres hombres aparecen salvajemente asesinados. Las víctimas llevaban una vida apacible y tranquila, dedicadas a la ornitología, el cultivo de orquídeas y la poesía, lo cual hace aún más incomprensible el casi insoportable sadismo de que han sido objeto. Durante la investigación del caso, Wallander -un detective vulnerable y con aires de antihéroe- descubre que no sólo debe enfrentarse a un asesino de temible inteligencia, sino que éste parece guiarse por un sanguinario y turbio deseo de venganza. Cuando por fin la policía cree estar tras la buena pista, un nuevo asesinato da un vuelco a la investigación y provoca un motín entre la asustada población local.
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Inspector Kurt Wallander is home from an idyllic holiday in Rome, full of energy and plans for the future. But when he investigates the disappearence of an elderly birdwatcher he discovers a gruesome and meticulously planned murder - a body impaled in a trap of sharpened bamboo poles. Then another man is reported missing. And once again Wallander's life is on hold as he and his team work tirelessly to find a link between the series of vicious murders. Forever battling to make sense of the violence of modern Sweden, Wallander leads a massive investigation to uncover a brutal killer.

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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.… (more)

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