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The Fifth Woman Sixth In The Kurt Wallander SeriesIn 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

10 thoughts on “The Fifth Woman

  1. says:

    After spending much of the summer in an exhausting search for a serial killer, Kurt Wallander gets away to Italy on an idyllic vacation with his father He returns home to Sweden tanned, relaxed and rejuvenated, but that won t last for long An elderly car dealer, who writes poetry about birds in his spare time, is reported missing His body is later found impaled on bamboo spikes in a trap that has obviously been deliberately set for him It took a long time for the victim to die, and it seems After spending much of the summer in an exhausting search for a serial killer, Kurt Wallander gets away to Italy on an idyllic vacation with his father He returns home to Sweden tanned, relaxed and rejuvenated, but that won t last for long An elderly car dealer, who writes poetry about birds in his spare time, is reported missing His body is later found impaled on bamboo spikes in a trap that has obviously been deliberately set for him It took a long time for the victim to die, and it seems apparent that someone was really angry with him.Wallander and his team begin the investigation, but there are precious few clues to point them in the direction of the killer In the meantime, another man, this one a florist, goes missing, and it seems clear that a diabolical killer is on the loose This is especially scary, because serial killers are very rare in Sweden.Nothing seems to link the victims, and Wallander and his team are pressed to the limit Before long, everyone is exhausted from the long hours spent on the investigation, and it seems as though every time the slightest hint of a break in the case emerges, they have to go back to square one and rethink the entire thing This is a dark, brooding police procedural with a unique and clever antagonist matched against Wallander and his team It s often said that a crime novel succeeds only to the extent that the villain is a worthy match for the protagonist, and that s certainly the case here The killer has a long list of potential victims, and Wallander will be sorely tested if he and his team are going to save them This is another very good entry in the series and should appeal to any fan of Scandinavian mysteries

  2. says:

    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 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 Mankell makes this new trait of Wallander an acceptable part of his character At least for me As for the rest of the book, it s not the strongest in the series, but it is still a page turner I powered on late into the night to finish, and it was definitely full of suspence Wallander himself remains one of my favourite literary detectives I admire his doggedness, but I love him because of his emotion He feels, sometimes too intensely to be healthy, but he feels everything, and it dooms him to loneliness He cannot express his emotions, you see, and so he buries them and works Works Works Works I find myself caringabout him the longer the series goes on and wanting something good for him in his life I don t think he s going to get it If you re new to Wallander, don t start here because he s changing, and you need to know him before to enjoy the changes But you should enjoy this book just fine when you reach it.later I hadn t seen the sixth episode of the BBC Wallander until last night I d been saving it after I finished the book Since I finished it yesterday I thought I should give it a watch, and it is the first time I was disappointed Both the mystery and the emotional core of Kurt Wallander were too distant from Mankell s book Kurt, in the book, begins to resolve his relationship with his father, taking a week long vacation with his father in Rome, so when his father passes away there is no deep pool of despair for Kurt to dive into But he dives intot that pool in the book, wandering around like a Basset Hound who can t find his owner The mystery gets short shrift too because of Wallander s whiny broodiness We get none of the killer s POV, which offered some interesting moments in the book We get too little of the crimes of the abusive men, the victims of the killer, and the crimes we do get are altered in ways that lessen their severity and make the men much easier to feel sorry for.These aren t the only changes either Anna Britt isn t shot, it s Kurt who takes the bullet Baiba isn t the one Kurt loves, it is a witness for the case named Vanja His relationship with Linda is short changed It s just plain bad I have serious concerns about this show going forward, and I am bummed because I was looking forward to series 3 becoming available in North America Huge bummer for me

  3. says:

    Julia 4 starsSince 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 Julia 4 starsSince 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 finger on what makes these books so enthralling truly the murders investigated by Ystad police officer Kurt Wallander and his team are gruesome, gross, disturbing, all of that yet the dialogue is spot on, the interpersonal relationships effective, and the main character written so convincingly that you have to keep reading Further, Mankell skillfully builds suspense Often, like in this book, the reader knows who the killer is from the get go, perhaps not the full story of who and why and all that, which one might suspect would suck all the suspense out of a book but no it s almost better since as the investigation gets closer and closer, the reader can t help but tear through the pages to reach the end I highly recommend this series for anyone who likes crime fiction But, be careful, you ll disregard all other commitments and responsibilities once you hit page 75

  4. says:

    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 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 it all continually morose and of course, closely fatalistic So it becomes after the first half, oftentimes a tedious reading experience Especially, as in this one, when you have guessed most of the onus for the crime and who is initiating This Fifth Woman also holds some horrific torture and cruel lingering physical injury toward death done purposely with revenge an aspect So it became off putting in the copy of that mind For me, it did.Wallander turns a page in life after losing his parent and recognizesandof their similarities My own opinion only but I think these Wallander make much better film pieces than they make book reads Kenneth Branagh in the last episode of Season 4 was one of the best acted scenarios I ve ever seen It affected me to long memory Maybe because I ve seen so many friends reactions to their own dementia But his portrayal was authentic and awesome Both That made me cry It was powerful.Having so many books piling up, I think I ll only try the short story Wallander collection, not the full boat novels They re too redundant and slow, even with their inclusive Swedish windows

  5. says:

    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 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 a confidential letter to the fifth woman s daughter in Sweden informing her about the tragic incident This proves to be a turning point in the daughter s life.The following chapters tell the reader about a series of brutal murders that take place in and around Ystad Wallander is involved in the investigation and he tries to find the murderer before the person can causeharm All through the book, we see a battle of intelligence the murderer and Wallander try to outdo themselves and prove who is smarter We all know, every criminal makes a mistake and that is how Wallander solves the case.The book has a very strong opening The plot generates an amount of intrigue and dread in the hearts of the reader The murders are brutal and dreadful, but you can t stop from reading further to know what happens next The way Mankell ties in different story lines and introduces the twists and turns keeps you on the edge of your seat Even though the murdered characters are of little use later on, Mankell takes the trouble of giving these characters a personality of their own view spoiler Mankell took a lot of care in developing the plot and the motive behind the murders, but I was let down by how the mystery was solved Wallander was on the right track all along and one simple mistake from an otherwise meticulous murderer gave the identity away which is hard to believe When the murderer escapes from the station, Wallander takes a wild guess about where the murderer might go and it turns out to be true and that is another weak point in the book Why did the murderer end up going to that place when it was very well known that the place is already known to the police Mankell also lets a few loose ends flutter and does not tie them up We never come to know the story behind the severed head found in the first victim s safe And what about the diary found in the safe What was the relation between the owner of the diary and the victim Despite these weak points, the book was a very interesting read hide spoiler Unlike the other mystery authors, Mankell gives a human touch to the hero of his books Wallander is not painted as a dashing, intelligent, flawless man who every woman desires Instead, he is shown to have problems of his own a divorce, a daughter who does not really get along well with him and a father who is always complaining that Wallander does not devote enough time to him Mankell not only focuses on the plot of the book, but cares to touch about other social issues He brings in debatable issues of citizen militia and mercenaries, but never loses the momentum of the story He even gives us a glimpse of the woes of a working mother how difficult it is to balance a profession and family when there is no support around This particularly touched my heart because I am a working mother myself.This book is the tenth in the Wallander series I read the first one and jumped straight to 10th, but it no way affected the pleasure I had in reading the book Strong plot, interesting characters and a deep insight into the investigative procedure make this book a highly readable one.This book qualifies for Nordic Challange 2011 and 2nds Challenge 2011

  6. says:

    It is definitely a page turner but not as good as previous Wallender novels The seemingly endless philosophizing about the ills of Swedish society and how everything is expensive could have been omitted I did like how he said Swedish society was failing because no one could darn socks and then he is sitting beside someone on a plane darning a sock That was amusing The plot of a serial killing woman is good and the suspense kept up throughout The gruesome murders of deserving victims is imag It is definitely a page turner but not as good as previous Wallender novels The seemingly endless philosophizing about the ills of Swedish society and how everything is expensive could have been omitted I did like how he said Swedish society was failing because no one could darn socks and then he is sitting beside someone on a plane darning a sock That was amusing The plot of a serial killing woman is good and the suspense kept up throughout The gruesome murders of deserving victims is imaginative It is a bit to tidy ending with the murderer The best bits are the police procedures and the gritty awful Swedish weather helps give atmosphere to the whole story One day I will have to watch the tv series I am reluctant as usually they are done so badly

  7. says:

    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 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 have short memories and he needs to jog them as much as possible Some jogging is not a bad thing, but his editor needs to snip a little

  8. says:

    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 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 playing Wallander is, he s wonderful.Mankell s prose reminds very much of P D James But that is the only similarity Wallander is a world weary soul He doubts his profession, but doesn t seem to know what else to do Mankell s plot works, and he gets the reader to think, about justice and about what is right I won t say anything else because I don t want to give away anything

  9. says:

    My first Henning Mankell and I am not impressed Whether I would read another Mankell Yes I would Kurt Wallander is interesting considering that it is one the most popular Nordic detective around The series shows some promise.This book is set in cold and wet Sweden, as I am given to understand most of Mankell s books are The hunt is on for a serial killer who is on a killing spree of old gentlemen There were some characters or instances placed in the book which did not seem to have any con My first Henning Mankell and I am not impressed Whether I would read another Mankell Yes I would Kurt Wallander is interesting considering that it is one the most popular Nordic detective around The series shows some promise.This book is set in cold and wet Sweden, as I am given to understand most of Mankell s books are The hunt is on for a serial killer who is on a killing spree of old gentlemen There were some characters or instances placed in the book which did not seem to have any connection to the ongoing plot and neither could I comprehend their role The book started off smoothly with the tension building up, plots thicken leading to the elusive killer and finally the climax is sort of a slight letdown I took a long time to finish off this But did I enjoy the book Yes I will try oneMankell given the choice

  10. says:

    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 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 some of the public to form a citizens militia, making the job of the police even harder and putting them under a great deal of pressure to catch the murderer But these are no ordinary crimes and their perpetrator no ordinary murderer and Wallander and his team have their work cut out for them Mankell s excellent writing will keep you reading until the end In his hands, Wallander becomes quite real, and you can clearly see that he is a flawed but steady individual, an excellent investigator and a workaholic, who is always pushing his team to work harder Mankell s plotting is exquisite and believable, and the author manages to capture the nuances of a disgruntled public and a Sweden that is changing rapidly and not always for the better The Wallander series overall is excellent one of the best out there I would highly recommend this book as well as the series to anyone who enjoys great crime writing in general and Scandinavian mystery novels in particular Do not let this book be your introduction to Kurt Wallander defintely start with the first one in the series and read them in order

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