Kurt Wallander Series

The Fifth Woman

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Fifth in the Kurt Wallander series.

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.

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Chapter 1

Just after 10 p.m. he finally finished. The last stanzas had been difficult to write; they took him a long time. He had wanted to achieve a melancholy, yet beautiful expression. Several attempts were consigned to the wastepaper basket. Twice he'd been close to giving up altogether, but now the poem lay...
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PRAISE FOR

“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