The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

Henning Mankell (Author) Steven T. Murray (Translator)
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From the #1 international-bestselling master of Scandinavian noir: a "marvelously told mystery" of murder in Sweden and corruption in Africa (Austin American-Statesman).

In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are found with their throats slit. The local police do little to investigate . . . and cover up the unknown woman's death. A year later in Sweden, Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and birdwatcher, is skewered to death after falling into a pit of carefully sharpened bamboo poles. Soon after, the body of a missing florist is discovered strangled and tied to a tree. Baffled and appalled by the crimes, the only clues Inspector Kurt Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men.

What ensues is a complex, meticulously plotted investigation that will push the detective to his limits. The key is the unsolved killing of the fifth woman in Africa--who was she, and what did she have to do with the brutal deaths of two seemingly innocent men? Are more victims in danger? The answers will lead Wallander to question everything he thought he knew about the psychology of murder.

An international bestseller, this "scary and cunning tale" (Rocky Mountain News) "achieves the satisfying density of plot and characterization" that established Henning Mankell as one of the twentieth-century's finest crime writers. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are now the basis for the hit TV show Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh (The Baltimore Sun).

Product Details

Price
$26.95  $24.26
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2000
Pages
423
Dimensions
6.47 X 1.3 X 9.47 inches | 1.62 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781565845473

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About the Author

Henning Mankell (1948-2015) was Sweden's most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers' Association's Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize.

Steven T. Murray (1943-2018) was the former publisher and editor-in-chief of Fjord Press, which specialized in literary translations from northern Europe. He translated numerous books from German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish, including novels by Nele Neuhaus, Henning Mankell, Karin Alvtegen, and Jorgen Brekke. Murray is best known for his translations of the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson.

Reviews

Lyrical....Meticulously detailed.... Masterful.