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The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
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Jan 20, 11


Henning Mankell's Wallander is a grouchy, aging detective who struggles to deal with his loneliness in a violent world. Often emotional, Wallander feels a personal connection to each case he deals with. In this mystery this tradition is continued; once again we find Wallander attached to a case where men are being brutally murdered. The story was good and is set a realistic crime-solving pace, that is to say that the case takes a number of weeks to solve and progress is slow. This isn't to say that the book is not interesting, Mankell keeps things interesting with some side-storylines and some traveling around Sweden. One problem with the book is that one very prominent pursuit of inquiry is left unfinished at the conclusion of the novel which is unfortunate because it served to be one of the more attractive features of the book. Once again the ending of "The Fifth Woman" is unsatisfying because some of the finer details about the murders and the killer's motive are left out.
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