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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henning Mankell Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kurt Wallander Mysteries Release Date:
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In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch behind his secluded home, while 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, for in order to solve these murders he will need to uncover their elusive connection to the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captures listeners with a suspenseful plot and an evocative setting…Hill’s narration lends suspense, humor, and terrific character delineation of Wallander and his cohorts.”


  • “[The Fifth Woman’s] intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural are all seamlessly translated...Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Achieves a deeply satisfying density of plot and characterization.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “A marvelously told mystery…You can’t put it down, but you won’t want to finish it either.”

    Austin American-Statesman

  • “A scary and cunning tale…Here is a police procedural in which the main procedure is thought.”

    Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex Leach | 2/20/2014

    " This and 'One Step Behind' are clearly the best in the Wallander series by Henning Mankell ('the lord of European crime fiction'). Another killer is on the loose but this time there's a slight twist.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis | 2/4/2014

    " I like any good detective story which relies on intelligence and investigation rather than the lucky break and except for one coincidental meeting in the hospital between the killer and a police relative, there were none of the usual happy accidents that you find in bad detective novels. This one kept me engrossed for a week while I was travelling and I look forward to the opportunity of reading more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/29/2014

    " This is a complex story and it is very well plotted and told. I found the characters believable and I thought that Wallander was a well-developed and credible policeman. The narrative did not jump around too much, in the way that some crime books do. The atmosphere was quite intense, but there was not so much gory detail as to be off-putting. Mankell is more concerned about showing how upsetting police work is to the people who are doing it - he doesn't seem to want to upset his readers in a gratuitous way. Overall, I think this book ticks all the boxes for anyone interested in the crime genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by PÃ¥l H. Alvsaker | 1/27/2014

    " Another good book about Wallander, but towards the end there were way too many names. I got confused and only read on looking forward to an exciting end. However, it never came. The end wasn't as epic as some of his other books (particularly Silkeridderen), but still a good read which got me through the hottest summer days I can remember "

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