The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) by Henning Mankell

By Henning Mankell

5th within the Kurt Wallander series.In an African convent, 4 nuns and a unidentified 5th lady are brutally murdered--the demise of the unknown lady coated up via the neighborhood police. A 12 months later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled via murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired automobile broker and fowl watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch in the back of his secluded domestic, and the physique of a lacking florist is discovered--strangled and tied to a tree. the one clues Wallander has to head on are a cranium, a diary, and a photograph of 3 males. What ensues is a case that might attempt Wallander’s energy and persistence, simply because so as to realize the explanation at the back of those murders, he'll additionally have to discover the elusive connection among those deaths and the sooner unsolved homicide in Africa of the 5th girl.

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M. when he left the police station. The heavy rain had eased to a steady drizzle. He shivered as he walked to his car. Wallander drove north and had no problem finding the farmhouse. As the name implied, it lay quite isolated, high up on a hill. Brown fields sloped down towards the sea, but he couldn’t see the water. A flock of rooks cawed in a tree. He raised the lid of the letter box. It was empty. Tyrén must have taken in the post. Wallander walked into the courtyard. Everything was well kept.

When you deliver oil,” Tyrén went on, “you tend to notice people’s routines. I couldn’t stop thinking about Holger Eriksson. It didn’t make sense for him to be away. So I went out there again yesterday afternoon after work. My note was still in the letter box, underneath all the other post that had come since last Thursday. I rang the bell. Nobody was home. His car was still in the garage. ” “He’s not married. He made a lot of money selling cars. And he writes poems, too. ” Wallander remembered seeing Eriksson’s name on books on a shelf of literature by local writers at the Ystad Bookshop when he’d been looking for something to give Svedberg for his 40th birthday.

Wallander gave him an inquiring look. Martinsson didn’t usually beat around the bush. Several years before, he had been active in the Liberal party and had probably dreamt of a political career. As far as Wallander knew, this hope had gradually faded as the party’s popularity had dwindled. He decided not to mention their showing in the election the week before. Martinsson left. Wallander sat down and read the paper. After reading it twice he was furious. He went out to the hall and strode into Svedberg’s office.

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