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Piąta kobieta (Kurt Wallander #6)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  18,390 Ratings  ·  710 Reviews
W algierskim klasztorze ginie z rąk fundamentalistów islamskich szwedzka turystka. Jej śmierć zostaje zatuszowana, córka ofiary dowiaduje się o niej niemal przypadkiem. Rok później, we wrześniu 1994, w okolicach Ystad zostaje dokonanych kilka tajemniczych, makabrycznych morderstw. Dlaczego ginie w męczarniach spokojny starszy pan, poeta i ornitolog? Właściciel kwiaciarni? ...more
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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 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
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 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 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
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
Nov 13, 2011 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
Jigar Brahmbhatt
The best Wallander mystery, IMO!
Roderick Hart
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 14, 2008 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
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-nordic
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
Mar 20, 2015 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.
Dulce Espinosa
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La tercera es la vencida, por fin lo terminé. Y está buenísimo. Cuando lo compré no sabía que era el sexto libro sobre las historias del policía Kurt Wallander, ahora leeré los libros anteriores porque éste de verdad que me tenía en ascuas cada vez que lo cerraba, muchas veces leer libros de este género se vuelve pesado y terminarlo pronto depende mucho de si estás con ánimos de leer sobre asesinatos y personas locas jajaja pero la historia te atrapa y te intriga (aunque desde el principio sabes ...more
Aug 17, 2008 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
Deborah Moulton
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aletha Tavares
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2015 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
Lars Guthrie
Oct 05, 2009 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Meticulously crafted, seemingly divergent threads converge, Mankell's usual detailed and vivid depictions - another wonderful offering. This one is particularly gripping.
Mankell has a genius for depicting fully-fleshed, three-dimension characters. And as detailed a background against which they struggle through life and it's rocky paths.
I read somewhere that in every book Mankell asks and answers a question - here obviously the question is - if the law fails to punish those who commit crimes, w
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Kurt Wallander books. It kept you guessing all the way through. An odd murder occurs at an isolated farm where an elderly birdwatcher falls into a pit of bamboo spikes. A florist is kidnapped and missing. What do these men have in common? For the first half of the book we, the readers, know that the killer is a woman, but the police are sure it is a man. The threads weave with several red herrings (it is Sweden after all, and they have a penchant for herring). The ending may seem ...more
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The seventh of Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series, The Fifth Woman was my first foray into Swedish noir. The novel is a moody police procedural that includes interesting bits about life and attitudes in Sweden with mention of mercenary soldiers in Africa. The lead detective is not your average Joe Friday, but is fraught with doubt and borders on depression. The murders are brutal, the landscape is bleak and it is nearly always raining. It examines issues of changes in society and domestic abuse. A ...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 (9 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  (Kurt Wallander, #7)
  • Firewall (Wallander, #8)
  • The Troubled Man (Kurt Wallander, #10)

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