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The Fifth Woman (Kurt Wallander #6)

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Sixth 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 dit
Paperback, 438 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1996)
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There was a point in The Fifth Woman where I thought, "Christ, Wallander is getting preachy. I wonder if Mankell realizes it?" And then a couple of chapters later it came clear that Mankell did realize what was happening to his Ystad Detective because those closest to Wallander comment on his fondness for lecturing everyone around him about the ills of Sweden and his philosophy of police work. They then prod him to become a lecturer at the local police academy.

A literary snap of the fingers and
Katerina Paisoglou
Οπως παντα αψογος ο καλυτερος για μενα συγγραφεας αστυνομικης λογοτεχνιας ...
Maria Altiki
Aug 11, 2016 Maria Altiki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο, το κατατάσσω στα καλύτερα αστυνομικά που έχω διαβάσει. Το θέμα του αρκετά ευαίσθητο, σε σημείο να μπερδέψει τους αναγνώστες, όπως κ τους ήρωες του βιβλίου, για το αν θέλουν να πιαστεί κ να πληρώσει ο δολοφόνος. Βάναυσοι άντρες λοιπόν και κακοποιημένες, εξαφανισμένες ή πιθανώς δολοφονημένες γυναίκες, όπως αναφέρεται στο βιβλίο. Και ένα βήμα πιο πίσω, μια σκιά που παρακολουθεί την πορεία αυτών των γυναικών. Μια σκιά που ίσως ανήκει σε μια γυναίκα. Μια γυναίκα που φαίνεται να έχε ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Jeanette rated it liked it
These hold depth of characters, especially Wallander and his workmates. Often times his Dad or Linda, his daughter, are studied. And this one like most of the others has a distinct perp- not just a facade of evil- but we get depths of the thoughts and perceptions for the crimes. It's appreciated that they are not just cartoon bad guys or simple heroes. Neither.

Yet I find all of these overlong with the Swedish disaffection and superfluous information of placings and situations for procedure. And
Parisa Hashemy
Nov 24, 2015 Parisa Hashemy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: crime, women
اصلا خوشم نیومد
خیلی کش می داد الکی
مثلا والندر شب خوابید
والندر صبح بعد بیدار شد
والندر فلان صبحونه را خورد
والندر رفت اداره
و همین طور تا آخر که دوباره می خوابید
بعدم اینکه آدم از قاتل اصلا بدش نمی اومد
تشویقشم میکرد
و اصلا دوست نداشت دستگیر شه
اصلا کتاب خوبی نبود
به هیچ کس توصیه نمی شود
Mar 13, 2014 Zoran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh. kako ovo oceniti?
Od prethodnih bolja, a opet nije za četiri zvezdice. Krajnje je vreme da GR uvede pola zvezdice za ocenu.
AdultFiction Teton County Library
Julia - 4 stars
Since the first of the year, I have been on a Kurt Wallander series binge; this being the sixth that I've read in the series. (I am reading them in order, which isn't necessary since Mankell provides very efficient, two sentence recaps that give the reader all she needs to know to carry on.)With the first 40 pages I thought that this one - The Fifth Woman - just might be the novel that unhooks me from this Swedish crime novel addiction. Alas, I was wrong. I can't quite put my fing
The Fifth Woman starts with a prologue where five women are brutally murdered by some unknown murderers in a remote place in Africa. Four of them are nuns and the fifth woman is a tourist who takes shelter with the nuns. While the nuns' death is acknowledged by the police and government, they hush up the murder of the fifth woman to avoid any political conflicts. The death of the fifth woman would have gone unnoticed if not for a policewoman who investigated this murder and who decides to write ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suecia, e4
Gosto de Henning Mankell. Escreve maravilhosamente bem!

Gosto de Kurt Wallander. Uma personagem de que, tal como me acontece com algumas pessoas, não gostei quando o "conheci", mas ao qual me fui afeiçoando ao longo de seis livros, onde ele se revelou um homem culto, sensível, humano, ...(gosto de homens que choram...).

Gostei da intriga, dos crimes, das vítimas, do criminoso e dos seus motivos para matar...
O início do livro é muito bonito. As páginas sobre o "Poeta dos Pássaros", uma figura solit
Marius van Blerck
Feb 15, 2010 Marius van Blerck rated it liked it
Wallander - our favourite Introspective Detective: This book was enjoyable but overly repetitive. I like the way Henning Mankell adds a different dimension to the police investigation genre, and the setting in Sweden makes a change for the usual US / UK locales. The story itself is intelligent and well-constructed, and moves at a goodish medium-pace. One minor irritant is Mankell’s tendency to have the characters sum up the same facts at regular intervals – it seems he assumes that his readers h ...more
Roderick Hart
Feb 06, 2011 Roderick Hart rated it really liked it
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Dec 14, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, the-very-best
Gut mit ausgezeichnet geschriebenem Ende

Endlich schafft es Mankell einem Roman ein Ende zu geben, das nicht der große Showdown ist. Viel zu oft verläuft sich der schwedische Bestsellerautor in künstlich hochgepushte Dramatik, die dann unglaubwürdig wirkt. Mit diesem Buch setzt er neue Maßstabe für die Beurteilung.

Wie bei fast allen Werken der Wallanderreihe üblich ist der Aufbau des Romans dergestalt, dass man die ganze Zeit über sowohl den Protagonisten als auch den Antagonisten verfolgt. In di
Jul 05, 2013 Marcelle rated it it was ok
Eh. Kind of tedious, is how I would describe this book. The climactic segment was very good, and almost worth the wait (but not quite). The lead detective character, Wallander, was hard to like: at times obnoxious and bullying, and then whiny and sullen at other times. Domestic violence was the background theme of the story and Wallender himself was not unfamiliar with dishing it out. I liked that his own experiences bothered him but it didn't help in the likability department. Also, the author ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Margarida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um dos melhores policiais de Wallander, o meditabundo comissário de Ystad, que devorei em poucos dias. A acção passa-se em 1994, quando uma série de homicídios, todos de homens, são perpetrados de uma forma particularmente violenta e cruel.
Infelizmente, e como aconteceu nos anteriores romances, este livro tem uma péssima tradução e revisão, tão má que confunde, muitas vezes, a leitura.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Oct 06, 2014 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it
The best Wallander mystery, IMO!
Nancy Oakes
In this the 6th book of the Wallander series, our hero has just returned to Ystad from Rome with his ailing father as the story opens, and it seems he is just in time to get to work on an incredibly brutal crime. A man is found impaled on sharpened sticks in a pit. As usual in a Mankell novel, this is just the tip of the iceberg and the beginning of a number of cruel and torturous murders. While Wallander's style is to thoroughly examine every aspect of these crimes, there is a move afoot among ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Kally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Много ме измъчи тази книга. Дотолкова, че - (цитирам Лу) - от един момент нататък ми се изпари желанието да разбера кой е убиецът.
Прекалено разтеглена е книгата, адски мудно и бавно разследване, множество повторения на клиширани изречения в текста, които се набиват на очи и след n-тото им използване стават не досадни, ами направо отчайващо свръх нелепи и скучни. Да не говорим за елементарни пропуски в самото разследване; явно съм "разглезена" доста от CSI, Картър и Чайлд, но това е още една черн
Feb 12, 2013 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very long, very cerebral, highly entertaining mystery. At times, I grew impatient at the length of the book, but I think it paid off in successful, complex characterizations of victims, villains, and detectives. The author has a gift for letting the reader see tenuous connections between the very sparse clues develop precisely as they develop for Detective Wallender and his team. Thinking back over the novel, I realize that I never put anything together before Wallender did, and found myself app ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policiário
Mais um excelente romance policial de Mankell, e um reencontro com Kurt Wallander, um dos melhores 'heróis' de literatura policial que conheci. Infelizmente a tradução do livro é tão má que dificulta a própria leitura. Como é que uma editora deixa sair um livro tão mal traduzido, com frases incompreensíveis, com erros crassíssimos?!
Aug 17, 2008 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Kurt Wallander - He works tirelessly, eats badly and drinks the nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. Still, he tackles some pretty incredible cases --

Here are the titles in the series (with a few extras) -

Faceless Killers
Dogs Of Riga
White Lioness
The Man Who Smiled
The Fifth Woman
One Step Behind
Return Of The Dancing Master (a Stefan Lindman mystery)
Before The Frost (actually a “Linda Wallander” mystery)

An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely
Ubik 2.0
Oct 20, 2012 Ubik 2.0 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-book
“Qualcuno deve pur farlo” (Kurt Wallander)

Quinta donna ma, per me, quarto romanzo con Wallander, in una serie che purtroppo mi è capitato di leggere in ordine sparso; quindi non sono in grado di formulare giudizi sull’evoluzione del personaggio e delle storie, ma mi è sembrato inferiore al cronologicamente successivo “Delitto di mezza estate” benché comunque ben congegnato e, anche a giudicare dal ritmo con cui ne ho concluso la lettura, avvincente.

Due difetti mi hanno impedito di apprezzarlo fi
Deborah Moulton
Dec 15, 2009 Deborah Moulton rated it really liked it
Henning Mankell's Swedish detective Kurt Wallander continues his ruminations on a changing society with this tale of a female serial killer out to settle past scores for women wronged by men.

For the longest time, the investigative team tries to apply all their knowledge to the capture of a male killer. It never occurs to them that it could be a woman. The crimes are too gruesome, too cunning, too physical, too planned. The killer becomes infuriated at their failure to imagine a woman killing me
Jul 17, 2014 Shari rated it liked it
This might be the most complicated investigation Wallander has done to date. Imperative in Wallander novels is a plethora of blind alleys, and gnawing feelings, intuitive suggestions that lie just out of reach, languishing beneath the surface waiting to be recognized. There is also an abundance of false or misunderstood leads that clutter the investigation. The investigative team has meshed and accepted Ann-Britt and this strengthens the team when everyone works together.

An important subtext tha
Aletha Tavares
Apr 25, 2009 Aletha Tavares rated it it was amazing
Excellent! This is my first of Henning's that I have read and he is just amazing. He is a master of mystery and this Kurt Wallander mystery is superb. He brings the landscape, emotions, eco-socio changes that the country of Sweden has gone thru, it paints a picture and is a wholesome reading- very few authors can paint a eco socio setting in a mystery and weave that through the story, including the emotions of characters, etc.

Just a para on pg 224: When I was growing up, Sweden was still a count
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Feb 27, 2008 Coalbanks rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of police procedurals
Like all the rest of the series it is slow-paced with seemingly obvious lines of inquiry which later are seen to be significant being ignored for no discernable reason other than Wallender, the main character, was ill, depressed, the weather was terrible, his car wasn't running right, he was overwhelmed by avoiding his family & potential lovers... and acknowedging his failings will give him greater reason to be evan more introspective, depressed & insecure. Wallender, is the stereotypica ...more
Lars Guthrie
Oct 05, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I get farther into this series ('The Fifth Woman' is the sixth book), I find the serial killers more and more unlikely and harder to see as actual characters. It's as if Mankell created them as progressively challenging exercises in motivation and execution and stopped working on them as people. That's not to say Mankell is not creative and clever (and shocking) in limning those motivations and executions, but I like more realistic villains (as in 'The White Lioness'). He makes up for this as ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Just received the rest of the Henning MAnkell books... back to Det. Wallender. :)
This novel begins when a woman receives a letter stating that her mother has been murdered along with four nuns in an African convent - the crime has been hidden so that no one know about it.
Then an old man who writes bird poetry is impaled on sharpened bamboo stakes embedded in a ditch on his property while a person watches from his bird tower.
As the police are trying to comprehend the man who was impaled... they
✿ Deni
Jul 18, 2015 ✿ Deni rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed this book very much, even though know who the killer is pretty much from the beginning... we know, but we still don't know so we keep reading!

There are a few things, though, that I didn't quite understand:

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Nov 23, 2009 Diane rated it it was amazing
Reading two Kurt Wallander/Henning Mankell books in a row--in the middle of a sometimes grey November--is almost enough to put a person into a permanent funk. The Fifth Woman, however, is an interesting study in obsession, both Wallander's and the person responsible for the serial killing of men who have brutalized women at one time or another. A nice addition to the cast of characters, Ann Hoglund, new to the Ystand police force, adds some lightness to balance Wallander's heaviness. Also, in th ...more
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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Other Books in the Series

Kurt Wallander (10 books)
  • Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
  • The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, #2)
  • The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)
  • The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander, #4)
  • Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, #5)
  • One Step Behind
  • Firewall (Wallander, #8)
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  • The Troubled Man (Kurt Wallander, #10)

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