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The Fifth Woman

An Inspector Wallander Mystery
Written by: Henning Mankell
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Four nuns and a fifth woman, a visitor to Africa, are killed in a savage nighttime attack. Months later in Sweden, the news of the unexplained tragedy sets off a cruel vengeance for these killings.

Inspector Kurt Wallander is home from an idyllic holiday in Rome, full of energy and plans for the future. Autumn settles in, and Wallander prays the winter will be peaceful. But when he investigates the disappearance of an elderly birdwatcher, he discovers a gruesome and meticulously planned murder - a body impaled in a trap of sharpened bamboo poles.

Then another man is reported missing. And once again Wallander's life is on hold as he and his team work tirelessly to find a link between the series of vicious murders. Making progress through dogged police work and forever battling to make sense of the violence of modern Sweden, Wallander leads a massive investigation to find a killer whose crimes are the product of new realities that make him despair.

©2001 Henning Mankell (P)2009 Random House Audio

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  • Mark
  • 06-09-19

Sweden's Inspector Wallander solves another

Sweden's Inspector Wallander solves another baffling series of murders while juggling various developments in his personal life. While perhaps not one of his best efforts, Henning Mankell has produced a well rounded book, well narrated by Sean Barrett and worthy of a top tier rating in my library, along with the rest of the series.

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  • Anne
  • 02-12-17

*SO SO*

It was ok. Though drawn out with Kurt's depressive nature. The novel could have been shorter giving more impact to the mystery.

Sean Barrett was great, as always.

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  • Lornie Lou
  • 27-11-17

True to Mankell form

Upon reflection I realised its been over two years since my last Wallender making this book all the sweeter, absence really does make the heart fonder. The combination of Mankells' driving narrative from the lips of Sean Barrett had me transfixed. I'd forgotten just how much depth both men are capable of infusing into seemingly banal situations. Only trouble is how addictive the experience is. Got a feeling I'll be revisiting past pleasures to get my fix..... Highly recommended (just make sure you save some for me)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-17

loved it

the whole book was intriguing. I loved it . narrator was fantastic. could not fault it .

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  • Justina H.
  • 16-11-17

audio interference

Another enjoyable Wallander thriller and very well read, but there is bad audio interference in the first 3 chapters!

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  • Jacqueline
  • 07-11-17

Tantalising

The storyline was gripping from start to finish whilst the epilogue explained the missing pieces.

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  • D
  • 08-04-19

among the best of the entire series

love these books. as I have said before some books are better in book / audible format than re-im!gined on tv

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  • Mike Bingham
  • 21-02-19

brilliant

What more can I say than this is another Henning Mankell / Sean Barrett classic. Excellent story that had me listening for long periods of time. Just another great story.

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  • Hugh
  • 11-02-19

As grim and gripping as you could hope for

Sean Barrett is, to my mind, an excellent narrator who captures the complex life of Wallander in his delivery.

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  • Mr JC Cooper
  • 27-07-18

Africa is not a country.

Once this book had referred to Africa as if it were a country three times in the opening minutes I stopped listening in frustration.

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  • E. Umbers
  • 04-07-18

BRILLIANT

Thoroughly enjoyed this book/story. It has been a brilliant listen. I always enjoy listening to books narrated by Sean Barrett.