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The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery | [Henning Mankell]

The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.
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Publisher's Summary

On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous. After the victims are traced to the Baltic state of Latvia, a country gripped by the upheaval of Soviet disintegration, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation.

Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine, until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world - in which shadows are everywhere, everything is watched, and old regimes will do anything to stay alive.

More mayhem? Download Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Unabridged).

©1992 Henning Mankell; translation ©2001 Laurie Thompson; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The writing is spare, the characterization deft, the atmosphere strong, and the suspense overwhelming." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Apart from his uncommon skill at devising dense, multilayered plots, Mankell's forte is matching mood to setting and subject." (New York Times Book Review)
"Wallander's introspection and self-doubt make him compellingly real, and his efforts to find out what happened to those men on the life raft makes for riveting reading." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Richard R Overseas 10-11-10
    Richard R Overseas 10-11-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Uninteresting and Overlong"

    The second in the Kurt Wallander series does not measure up to the first. Swedish detective Wallander spends most of the story in Latvia trying to figure out who is behind a police conspiracy. But the bulk of the book is Wallander's internal dialogues --uninteresting, repetitive, and overlong. "I don't understand any of this!", "What is going on here?", "Who are these people?" Wallander repeatedly asks himself (although he mixes in the classic: "'I'm sorry', he said apologetically"). The story ends predictably --if you think you've figured it out halfway through, you have.

    If you enjoy twelve hours of Swedish angst and internal dialogues, this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MCC northern Calif, United States 08-23-10
    MCC northern Calif, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2010

    Country girl, rock hound, farmer, hairdresser. I almost always have a book going.

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    "New to me."

    I've only recently discovered the Kurt Wallander Mystery series. A satisfying look at a landscape so foreign to that of my own, that I'm drawn back for more. And I can't resist the honest portrayal of the nature one man by way of the main character. I'm hooked.

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    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 11-19-09
    Erica Aitken Madison, CT United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Another book ruined by the reader!"

    I can't wait to read Mankell's books. I would have liked to listen to them but Dick Hill's reading is awful. I'm sure the books are infinitely richer that what they seem.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dundas Malibu, CA, United States 10-23-11
    Dundas Malibu, CA, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow, Unimaginative, Dated."

    Almost didn't finish this book. It's a genre work, but much less happens than in better works, the protagonist's character is wishy-washy and inconsistent, his love interest not credible.

    The action sequences are weak, the suspense (Which Colonel is the bad guy?) insufficient and dully wrought.

    The title is the best part.

    "Snowman" is a much better work of the genre.

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