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The Dogs of Riga Audiobook

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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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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    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-25-11
    Kyle Seattle, WA 10-25-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Overwrought"

    I really enjoy the Kurt Wallander mysteries. This one was was a bit, okay WAY, overwrought at times. Happy I listened to it, but it had its weaker moments.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Atlanta, GA, United States 05-08-11
    Mark Atlanta, GA, United States 05-08-11
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    "Great Book, WRONG READER"

    Mankell is one of my favorite detective writers and audiobooks are my favorite medium for novels. I may be driven to paper or eBooks by the awful decision to have Dick Hill read them. Hill's voice is perfect for the brutal, raw emotion if Lee Childs, but totally wrong for the ironic European Mankell. Mankell neeeds a European-sounding voice.

    For American noir, Hill is the greatest. For other genres, he is totally wrong. Don't the tim eared decision to have him read this put you off this superb writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard R 10-11-10
    Richard R 10-11-10 Member Since 2012

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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.

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    MCC 08-23-10
    MCC 08-23-10

    I almost always have an audio 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Aitken Santa Cruz, CA 11-19-09
    Erica Aitken Santa Cruz, CA 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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    Pegeen 05-22-13
    Pegeen 05-22-13

    reading is pure joy

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    "first part was riveting, then unbeleivable"
    What disappointed you about The Dogs of Riga?

    repeated telling us not showing us about the characters -- he wan't sure why he was doing what he was doing; she wasn't sure she could go on. Then thankfully there is a randomly introduced insider inside the police station who risks all... no mas!


    Has The Dogs of Riga turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not the genre -- the author maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    avoid the sappy romance -- stick to the original idea of bodies in a lifeboat.


    What character would you cut from The Dogs of Riga?

    the Latvians


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dundas I. Flaherty Malibu, CA USA 10-23-11
    Dundas I. Flaherty Malibu, CA USA 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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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