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The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery # 6by Henning Mankell
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Fifth in the Kurt Wallander series.
In an African convent, four nuns and a unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered — the death of the unknown woman covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch behind his secluded home, and the body of a missing florist is discovered — strangled and tied to a tree. The only clues Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men. What ensues is a case that will test Wallander's strength and patience, because in order to discover the reason behind these murders, he will also need to uncover the elusive connection between these deaths and the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.
"Achieves a deeply satisfying density of plot and characterization." The Baltimore Sun
"Much too long, and paced like a Swedish winter, but Wallander — solidly in the tradition of tough, brilliant, but oh so vulnerable coppers — almost saves the day." Kirkus Reviews
"A marvelously told mystery....You can't put it down, but you won't want to finish it either." Austin American Statesman
"[An] excellent series....The intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural are all seamlessly translated....Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Chilling." New York Times Book Review
"Mankell joins the worthy ranks of such past masters as Georges Simenon, Nicholas Freeling, and Sweden's own Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo." The Wall Street Journal
In an Algerian convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are found with their throats slit. In Sweden, a birdwatcher is skewered to death in a pit of carefully sharpened bamboo poles. How are the deaths connected? It's up to Inspector Kurt Wallander to find out.
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written numerous Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the U.K.'s Gold Dagger Award in 2002) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. Born in a village in northern Sweden in 1948, Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as the director of Teatro Avenida.
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