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The Fifth Woman
Originally published in Swedish as Den Femte Kvinnan in 1996 and later translated into German as Die fünfte Frau.

Synopsis
The Fifth Woman explores what happens when society take justice into its own hands rather than relying on its police and justice system. A woman whose mother was abused and later murdered seeks to punish men who have abused other women. In response to her crimes and the police's inability to solve them, vigilante groups begin to form in Sweden. Wallander and his team must race to catch the killer before society tears itself apart.

From The Harvill Press:
Four nuns and a fifth woman, a visitor to Africa, are killed in a savage night-time 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 over the province of Skåne, and Wallander prays the winter will be peaceful. But when he investigates the disappearance of an elderly bird-watcher 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 close knit team work tirelessly to find a link between the series of viscous murders. Making progress not through revelation but through dogged police work, and forever battling to make sense of the violence of modern Sweden, Wallander will lead a massive investigation to find a killer whose crimes are the product of the new realities that make him despair.

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Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Den Femte Kvinnan 1996 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English The Fifth Woman 2000 Steven T. Murray
Flag of Germany German Die fünfte Frau 1998 Wolfgang Butt
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch De vijfde vrouw 2001 Cora Polet
Flag of France French La cinquième femme 2000 Anna Gibson
Flag of Italy Italian La quinta donna 1999 Giorgio Puleo
Flag of Spain Spanish La quinta mujer 2000 Marina Torres
Flag of Spain Catalan ??    
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Den femte kvinnen 1998 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Viides nainen    
Flag of Denmark Danish Den femte kvinde    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic ??    
Flag of Portugal Portuguese A quinta mulher    
Flag of Greece Greek Η πέμπτη γυναίκα 2005  
Flag of Poland Polish Piąta kobieta 2004 Halina Thylwe
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian Peta ženska 2004 Uroš Kalèiè
Flag of Turkey Turkish Beşinci Kadın 2002 Fatoş Dilber
Flag of Japan Japanese ??    
Flag of South Korea Korean 다섯번째 여자   권혁준
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese ??    

Film Information
The film version replaces the character of Anne-Brit Höglund with a new character named Maja Thysell.

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the bird watching tower the flower shop Maja Thysell Nyberg working
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Wallander Linda mercenaries the shed of
Wallander's Father
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the team prepares
to inspect the field
Wallander's father
in the hospital
in Rome Svedberg and Holgerson
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Ystad Chief of Police
Lisa Holgerson
 Kalle Birch,
Detective from Lund
Martinsson Svedberg
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Ebba      


Product List
Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Dem Femte Kvinnan Flag Publisher: Ordfront
Format: Paperback
Pages: 475
ISBN: 9170371695
Released: 2005-Jan
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Ordfront.se
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
ISBN: 0099445212
Released: 2002-Sept-05
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
ISBN: 1400031540
Released: 2004-Apr-13
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 437
ISBN: 1860468543
Released: 2001-Apr-19
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 437
ISBN: 1860468667
Released: 2001-Sept-13
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: The New Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 423
ISBN: 1565847067
Released: 2002-June-01
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 423
ISBN: 1565845471
Released: 2003-Nov
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail Die fünfte Frau Flag Publisher: Dtv
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 3423203668
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Die fünfte Frau Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 3552049010
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail La cinquième femme Flag Publisher: Seuil
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 2020372924
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.fr
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail La cinquième femme Flag Publisher: Seuil
Format:
Pages:
ISBN: 2020499959
Released:
Status:
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.fr
Amazon.ca
Product Thumbnail La quinta mujer Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
ISBN: 848310136X
Released: 2000-05
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Audio Books
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: CD
Length: Unabridged, 14 CDs, 14 hrs 58 mins
ISBN: 0753123746
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
ISIS Publishing
Product Thumbnail The Fifth Woman Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: Cassette Tapes
Length: Unabridged, 14 tapes, 14 hrs 58 mins
ISBN: 0753120747
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
ISIS Publishing
DVD & Video
Image Title Notes Vendor
Product Thumbnail Den 5:e kvinnan Flag DVD Logo Publisher:
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Language: Swedish with Swedish Subtitles
Rating:
Released: 2002-Mar-13
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Wallander Box (3 Disc) Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Pan Vision
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
Language: Swedish with Swedish Subtitles
Rating:
Released: 2004-06-16
Status: In Print
 DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Die fünfte Frau Flag DVD Logo Publisher: 2DF Films
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio:
Language: Swedish & German with German Subtitles
Rating: FSK 16
Released: 2003-Feb-17
Status: In Print
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Die fünfte Frau Flag VHS Logo Publisher: 2DF Films
Format: VHS, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: German
Rating: FSK 16
Released: 2003-Feb-17
Status: In Print
Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail La quinta mujer Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Llamentol
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Language: Spanish
Rating:
Released: 2005-Dec-14
Status: In Print
DvdGo.com