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The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
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Nov 06, 2015

it was ok
bookshelves: crime-detective-mystery, fiction
Read in January, 2011

This book was somewhat frustrating since the detectives seemed to lack basic detecting skills. If they just watched an occasional episode of CSI, maybe they'd learn something. They find blood at a probable crime scene and don't bother to take a sample of it, much less canvass the entire scene for clues. It's also somewhat tedious, as the events unfold in real time. You follow the main detective through his every moment, including meals, naps, just sitting at his desk not doing much of anything. But it was strangely compelling. I found myself thinking back on it kind of fondly. I guess what hooked me in was the idea that the detectives weren't much different from you or me or the average person -- distracted, preoccupied, not always great at their jobs.
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