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The Fifth Woman (Kurt Wallander #6)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  15,815 ratings  ·  589 reviews
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
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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
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
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
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
Roderick Hart
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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.
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
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
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
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
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?!
This is one very long book, in which every page has something vital to say. The plot moves along continuously, and every time it almost gets slow, something else happens. The solution does not come till the end. The reader (at least this reader) suspects what the crimes mean, and where to find the solution - but Wallander is right there and works this out before anyone else.

The only problem - there is so much happening in this mystery that I tended to misplace some of the events in my mind once
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Deborah Moulton
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
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
Feb 27, 2008 Coalbanks rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
Lars Guthrie
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
Ubik 2.0
“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
Aletha Tavares
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
Mary Helene
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✿ Deni
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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Marissa Morrison
I enjoy each book in this series better than the last. This one is especially detailed and inventive.

The reader learns about a long-ago incident that may have triggered Wallander's divorce.

One delightful aspect of the Wallander mysteries is the use of Swedish names.

"Does the name Harald Berggren mean anything to you?"

"No. Nothing. But I could be mistaken. It's a common name."

The bit about a train encounter at the end was the icing on the cake.
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
In this Wallander book, Kurt spends some time as a miserable guy in a series of miserable situations that he can barely deal with. The excessive mentions of rain, diarrhea, unanswered telephone calls, and burnt coffee set the stage for our hero, and that's just in the first few chapters. Wallander then gets down to detecting business, and while the story is a bit of a hodgepodge, it's entertaining. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Paulette Lincoln-baker
This is the first Kurt Wallendar detective book I have read (I have seen a couple of the movies with Kenneth Branagh). I must say, the Swedes can write fantastic police procedurals and crime novels. First Stieg Larrson with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO books and now Henning Mankell with his detective Wallendar. THE FIFTH WOMAN was very hard to put down, the writing is brisk, detailed, but never boring and the characters are vividly portrayed and described. Highly recommend. I can't wait to re ...more
I love Kenneth Branagh. When I found out he was going to be in PBS's Wallander series. I was thrilled. Until I saw the series. There was something off about it. In fact, I only watched the first one and had no desire to pick up the books. Then, I watched the Swedish version of Wallander. Those were good. Those made me want to pick up the books.

Branagh was totally miscast. It's like John Hannah playing Rebus. He's a good actor, but he's wrong for Rebus. Dan Sott isn't. Whoever the Swedish guy pl
Книгата щеше да ми хареса повече ако не беше това въртене в кръг с едни и същи улики, безкрайните работни съвещания, които не водеха до нищо. Повтаряне на едни и същи неща - за бащата на Валандер, за Байба, за къщата и кучето, разтягане на повествованието без връзка с действието. Пропуск на очевидни улики - например кръвта в цветарницата - дори да не направиха връзка с второто убийство, трябваше още в началото да се поинтересуват чия е, а не чак след три седмици. Никой не се заинтересува дори сл ...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 (Wallander #1)
  • The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2)
  • The White Lioness (Wallander, #3)
  • The Man Who Smiled (Wallander #4)
  • Sidetracked (Wallander #5)
  • One Step Behind (Wallander, #7)
  • Firewall (Wallander, #8)
  • The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries (Wallander, #9)
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