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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: November 2007 ISBN: 9781455189564
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “[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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/21/2014

    " Lots of red herrings here, but a really good story nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/17/2014

    " Of all the books in the series, I believe this was the best one so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 1/13/2014

    " This is the best Mankell yet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Zlogar | 1/8/2014

    " Mankell's writing gets better with each book in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 12/23/2013

    " Compelling and very Swedish. But sad and upsetting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariana | 12/10/2013

    " Great book with a good treatment of women and violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 12/7/2013

    " Also saw the PBS movie with Kenneth Branagh which was very close to the book (though British!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/3/2013

    " I love the mundane details included in this series. I definitely recommend reading them in order to gain insight into Wallander's character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theodora | 10/26/2013

    " It was the second book of Mr Mankell that came to my hands. And a;though it was about 600 pages, it really captured me. A wonderfully worked mystery with suspense till the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/18/2013

    " See review for "White Lioness" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temple | 7/2/2013

    " This was my first Kurt Wallander novel. It was a pretty good mystery and it was well written so it read smoothly. Not a whole lot of action. Sorta laid back like Inspector Wexford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/22/2013

    " Wallander continues to have a rough life as crime becomes more intense in Sweden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 1/27/2013

    " Best Wallander since the first one. Definite return to form after the weak Sidetracked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Curtis | 10/19/2012

    " Those Scandinavians certainly know how to write mysteries--dark, character-laden mysteries. I remember watching the Wallender series on PBS, and now I'm glad to read the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/8/2012

    " Great stuff! Keeps you on the edge of your seat, keeps it believable, and weaves relevant societal issues into the story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 2/28/2012

    " This is one of the best mysteries I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dewayne Stark | 10/1/2011

    " first Mankell read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 9/24/2011

    " Dark and grim. Minutely detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/18/2011

    " Of the three Wallander books I've read this has by far been my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 False | 5/10/2011

    " Getting to the end of the series. Two more to go. I've truly enjoyed these mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 5/1/2011

    " I love the mundane details included in this series. I definitely recommend reading them in order to gain insight into Wallander's character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/28/2011

    " I like this series. It also gives a sense of the country... how different the north is from the south, how climate and geography influence the people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 4/22/2011

    " Lots of red herrings here, but a really good story nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/13/2011

    " Fantastic rainy day mystery read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 4/7/2011

    " Dark and grim. Minutely detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 3/30/2011

    " Henning Mankell just gets better, and Kurt Wallender ages just is dis-gracefully as I. Mankell's interweaving of stories based in Africa and Sweden is well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 3/26/2011

    " Very engaging. I like Mankell's books more than his short stories. Some of the plot twists seemed highly unlikely, but that didn't really bother me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/23/2011

    " Great stuff! Keeps you on the edge of your seat, keeps it believable, and weaves relevant societal issues into the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathychristoffel | 3/18/2011

    " Page turner mystery from before the DNA era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 3/9/2011

    " Another great swedish detective mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 2/25/2011

    " Convoluted, twists and turns on every page until Kurt solves the crime. Mankell really keeps your attention. Even though I had seen this on Masterpiece I still couldn't remember how it came out. "

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About the Author
Author Henning MankellHenning Mankell's novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold more than forty million copies worldwide. He is the first winner of the Ripper Award (the new European prize for crime fiction) and has also received the Glass Key and Golden Dagger awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.
About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.