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The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
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Apr 08, 11

Read from April 03 to 07, 2011

I thought this was a really good underlying plot, but the telling seemed a bit slow. There was a lot of 'thinking' to it, which shouldn't be off in a police procedural, but so much of it came to nothing... or came to nothing the first three times then FINALLY came to something... There were a lot of places something was JUST out of reach... things the READER sometimes knew, that it almost gave an incompetence impression (even when we only knew because of sometimes being in the killer's head), but I guess the biggie is a few dropped points... to give a specific, there is a visit to another town where 2 people are supposed to be met with... one is, the other is forgotten...

My impression is they were in a hurry to catch the Girl with the Dragon coattails so they rushed the release, because these are edit failures, not writing failures... and the themes are very similar (abuse of women at the core, specifically, but the feel had overlap, too, even though I think Larsson is superior in character stuff--this was better on plot, at least compared to the first Dragon Tattoo book, but the characters were merely 'fairly likable' rather that totally compelling..
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