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The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
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Kurt Wallander and his dedicated team of detectives work long and hard to uncover clues about a series of brutal murders. It's a close-knit team, not competitive; members support each other's ideas and applaud breakthroughs. After busy days collecting and evaluating evidence, the team reviews the case in brainstorming sessions that last well into the night. Recommend read this series in order to learn all the personalities on the team, and how they have worked together to solve tough cases.

Each murder is meticulously planned and executed. Thriller style, occasional chapters from the killer's point of view keep the reader informed ahead of the police investigation.

Certain the killings are connected, Kurt and his team extensively research the victims' lives to find connections. They discover each victim had a history of cruelty, abuse and suspicious death. These brutal men were never held accountable for their actions....until now.

In his personal life, Kurt experiences great joy traveling with his Dad, followed by great sadness. The lengthy case takes a toll on all the detectives. Kurt ponders when/how he will ever be able to achieve what he wants in his future...a house...a dog...most important, Baiba as his partner.

In Sweden a vigilante movement gains popularity. Citizens feel the police aren't effective, and they take over. An elderly man is beaten nearly to death by local vigilantes. His crime? He got lost driving after dark. The teenage daughter of a detective on Kurt's team is beaten at school by classmates, merely because her father is a policeman.

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Reading Progress

November 24, 2018 – Shelved
Started Reading
August 9, 2020 – Finished Reading

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