The Fifth Woman

The Fifth Woman

By (author) Henning Mankell


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A series of seemingly unconnected murders In Africa, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered--the death of the nameless woman covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled when a retired car dealer is found impaled and the body of a missing florist is discovered strangled. With only a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men as clues, Wallander will need all of his strength to uncover the reason behind these deaths and their elusive connection to the unsolved murder of the fifth woman.

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  • Paperback | 654 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 42mm | 317.51g
  • 30 Aug 2011
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 0307946665
  • 9780307946669
  • 27,455

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Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander mysteries have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists. He divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he has worked as the director of Teatro Avenida since 1985.

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Praise for Henning Mankell and "The Fifth Woman " "You can't put it down." --"Austin American-Statesman" "Exquisite. . . . Something to look forward to." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "A scary and cunning tale." --"Rocky Mountain News" " " "Achieves a deeply satisfying density of plot and characterization." --"The Baltimore Sun" "[Mankell] keeps things at a high level of suspense." --"Detroit Free-Press " "Intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural. . . . Highly recommended." --"Library Journal" "[The Fifth Woman] confirms that Mankell is one of the most ingenious crime writers around, strong on characterization, plotting and atmosphere." --"The Observer" (London) "Inspector Wallander has established himself as one of the best of recent detectives." --"The Times Literary Supplement" (London) "[Mankell is] one of my new favorites. . . . Beautifully constructed plots." --Otto

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