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The Fifth Woman

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The Fifth Woman

By Henning Mankell

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9781400031542, 448pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 2004

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Description
From the dean of Scandinavian noir, the fifth riveting installment in the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Kurt Wallander series, the basis for the PBS series staring Kenneth Branagh.
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.


About the Author
Henning Mankell is the internatinally acclaimed, bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander novels. Mankell's novels have been translated into forty-five languages and have sold more than forty million copies worldwide. He was the first winner of the Ripper Award and also received the Glass Key and the Crime Writers' Association Golden Dagger, among other awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. During his life, Mankell divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he was artistic director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. He died in 2015.


Praise For The Fifth Woman

“Exquisite. . . . Something to look forward to.” -Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A scary and cunning tale. . . . Here is a police procedural in which the main procedure is thought.” —Rocky Mountain News

“Achieves a deeply satisfying density of plot and characterization.” —The Baltimore Sun

“A marvelously told mystery. . . . You can't put it down, but you won't want to finish it either.” —Austin American Statesman

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