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Shvoong Home>Books>Mystery & Thrillers>The fifth woman Review

The fifth woman

Book Review   by:blsecret     Original Author: MANKELL Henning
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This abstract was translated from La cinquième femme
 

An inquiry of Forwarder Wallander. The violence in Sweden and in the world. Why certain they have used?


End of September 1994, the Forwarder Wallander comes back of Holiday. He stayed to Rome with his father who wanted among other things, visit the Sistine Chapel. One night, Wallander has observed his father stand out of Hotel like he has an accurate goal. This one was sitting on one of the steps before the Trevi’s fountain, like fascinated. Wallander doesn’t say to this subject and doesn’t speak on
this observation.

Routine police? A florist has been burgled, but nothing has been taken. A glass has been broken and we observe a pool of blood to floor. The florist, Gösta Runfeddt, is leaved for a safari in Africa.

Then, an oil deliveryman parks his truck before the police station to report a loss. A
costumer, Holger Eriksson wasn’t here for the common delivery. The deliveryman
is persuaded that something not going.

The deliveryman is convincing showing, Wallander goes to place. Holger Eriksson, an old original, lonely and birder stay found. Wallander explores the large property.
Eriksson had used to going to do the night observations (migratory birds) on a little
tower which has built atop of hill. Wallander then find the body. A gateway
built above a ditch by Eriksson has give way when it passes and he came to
impale on a bamboo stakes that a malicious hand planted there, before to sawing
skillfully the boards of the gateway. Eriksson was not able to do something and
he not died of the shot!

Furthermore, weinterrogate the entourage of florist, Wallander and his team suspected that twice deals have the common points. After some days, Gösta Runfeldt is discovered dead, in the forest. He has been tied to a tree, and then strangled. These links were loose, but he couldn’t not enjoy as it was too out of strength. There is in the scene, a demonstrative violence which reminiscent undergoes by Holger Eriksson.

The violence is here, because everywhere in Sweden, the media announce that the militias are creating. Although, the men go already the towns in groups, certain nights. The one of the colleagues of Wallander see this daughter beaten to school by the small bosses. The journalists ask what the position of the police…is


Ylva Brink, nurse, comes to see his cousin Svedberg, colleagues of Wallander, for narrate him that she has observed something wrong to the Ystad’s Maternity. Coincidence?

And then, Wallander learn died of his father. This one painted always the same scene where appearing a grouse. Wallander understand that it’s act of one desperate attempt to ward passage of time. Freeze an innocent time for eternity. Wallander can’t look this work of the same mean. He’ll never know why his father is getting out this night to Rome for going to the Treviso Fountain. All that closer of

the Linda’s daughter. But it’s Baiba the Russian who lack him cruelly. He
tempts further times to call her for ask her to settle with him to Ystad. They
could take a house apart, having a dog, and so on.

The house and the life of Holger Eriksson are watching closely. In a wall, hidden, we
discover the door of one strongbox. Opening, this one delivers a dreadful
content. We discover also some personal effects, as a notebook being the logbooks
of one certain Harald Berggren, dating of three decades. This Berggren narrates
his life of mercenary in Africa. Wallander discovers also a photo showing three
of them posing anonymously.

We discover equally that Holger Eriksson has won a lot of money like car seller. But he doesn’t appreciate. Rough in deals and rough with these employees. Theses last wishes reported a huge and surprising donation, in favor of one church based on further hundred kilometers. Here, his name does not tell anyone…


When to Gösta Runfeldt, theses children interrogate shown the same reticent attitude. They live in the memory of one drama. Their mother is died flood under the frozen surface of one lake. The layer of ice may have ceded and their father may have not succeeded to save her. No witnesses. The rescue called by the father is found that it was too late. However, Gösta Runfledt had committed the violence acts against his wife…

There will be another murder, all also horrific that the others. The prologue had already shown the crude violence, far away of Sweden. Henning Mankell gives to reader, like he loves to do, the tracks as Wallander hasn’t. The reader following Wallander in his inquiry, asking how he going to demonstrate the murders. The work is thorough and progress in blind, because these murders are particularly well leads. The sequence of dramatic circumstances is removed.

There where Mankel shows a horrific lucidity, it’s in doing feel each one of these reasons. And Wallander, peel strength at any, demonstrated of one truly understanding for this person that he hunts.


Published: September 18, 2012   
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