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The Dogs of Riga (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) (original 1992; edition 2009)

by Henning Mankell

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Title:The Dogs of Riga (A Kurt Wallander Mystery)
Authors:Henning Mankell
Info:Vintage (2009), Paperback, 352 pages
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The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (1992)


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Kurt Wallender is the Swedish detective created by Henning Mankell. All Mankell's books are absorbing. ( )
  UtopianPessimist | Jan 18, 2017 |
  CheryleFisher | Jan 11, 2017 |
It's OK, not the worse book I've ever read, but not great. It bothers me that no one explains why the men were placed in the raft in the first place. Why not just dump the bodies overboard? Also, I do not believe that the killers would "forget" that there was something valuable hidden in the raft. As for the location of the hidden testimony, I figured out right away where it was hidden, and I was annoyed that it took so long for Wallander to figure it out. (Liepa went from the airport to the police station to his house... it wasn't at his house... therefore... come on, Wallander, catch up with me....)
  SheldonDeVane | Dec 18, 2016 |
The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell; (5*)

This story is a dark & suspenseful mystery, like all of the other Wallander police procedurals. I have read 5 of them thus far & this remains my favorite of them all. I loved & creeped out to this novel.
The Dogs of Riga is not your run of the mill crime drama. This story takes in international crime & criminals involved in dangerous & deadly pursuits in which Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself literally locked in the very mmidst. Though the story and related characters are very interesting, it seemed another, creative way to delve further into understanding Wallander himself. This is the second of the Wallander series & for me the basic combination of a meticulous, thorough, creative, & highly organized criminal investigator who is also an awkward, insecure, and sensitive man is what I find most compelling and what stays on my mind after finishing each of these novels.
This one I found to be the best of the lot, so far but the entire series has enveloped me. ( )
  rainpebble | Sep 4, 2016 |
Come on, Mr Mankell. Puppy dog love/infatuation with a dead cop's wife by our Wallander nearing 50. Going renegade when Swedish. To much plot effort. Just write you detective novels at home in cold wet Sweden. Do not go spy novel on us. P.S. I left you in the seatpocket of a Delta jet. Enjoy yourself there. You were good enuf for the trip but not one to save on my Mystery shelf. ( )
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Una fría mañana de febrero llega un bote salvavidas a la costa sueca arrastrado por la corriente. Dentro encuentran los cadáveres de dos hombres que, como confirma el inspector Wallander, han sido asesinados hace días. Aquejado de estrés y de intensos dolores de pecho, con remordimientos por su anciano padre y sin haber encajado bien la separación de su mujer, Kurt Wallander, una vez abierta la investigación, debe hacer de tripas corazón y posponer sus buenos propósitos de cuidarse más. Al averiguarse que los dos hombres asesinados eran letones, Wallander no tiene más remedio que viajar a Riga, donde se introduce en los ambientes más corruptos, gobernados por bandas criminales.
added by Pakoniet | editLecturalia
Set against the chaotic backdrop of eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mankell's intense, accomplished mystery, the last in his Kurt Wallander series (Firewall, etc.), explores one man's struggle to find truth and justice in a society increasingly bereft of either. Here the provincial Swedish detective takes on a probably fruitless task: investigating the murders of two unidentified men washed up on the Swedish coast in an inflatable dinghy. The only clues: their dental work suggests they're from an Eastern Bloc country; the raft is Yugoslavian. But their deaths mushroom into an international incident that takes Wallander to Riga, Latvia, and enmeshes him in an incredibly dangerous and emotionally draining situation, battling forces far larger than the ""bloodless burglaries and frauds"" he typically pursues in Sweden. In Riga, Wallander must deal with widespread governmental corruption, which opens his eyes to the chilling reality of life in the totalitarian Eastern Bloc: grim, harrowing and volatile. 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. There's a pervasive sense of Scandinavian gloom, in Wallander and in the novel, that might be difficult for some American readers, but this is a very worthy book-a unique combination of police procedural and spy thriller that also happens to be a devastating critique of Soviet-style Communism.
added by VivienneR | editPublisher's Weekly

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"Op een winterse dag spoelt een rubbervlot met twee dode mannen aan op de zuidkust van het Zweedse Skane. Na een anonieme tip stelt de politie een onderzoek in. De mannen zijn vóór hun executie gemarteld. Identificatie aan de hand van hun gebit levert een spoor op dat Wallander naar de Letse hoofdstad Riga voert. Daar dreigt hij een pion te worden in een Baltische intrige." 

Sinopsis de la contratapa: En esta segunda entrega, tras haber familiarizado a sus lectores con la fría región de Suecia donde Wallander es jefe de policía, Mankell traslada al inspector fuera de su jurisdicción, al vecino país de Letonia. En la capital debe investigar la muerte de dos letones, cuyos cadáveres llegaron a la costa sueca, paradójicamente, a bordo de un bote salvavidas. Acosado por sus problemas de salud, sus remordimientos por desatender a su anciano padre o la angustia por la separación de su mujer y la pérdida de contacto con su hija, la vida del inspector dará un vuelco cuando conozca a Baiba Lepa, una mujer que agregará a los conflictos políticos de Letonia las turbulencias propias del amor.
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When a life raft carrying the bodies of two Eastern European criminals washes up on the Swedish coastline, Inspector Kurt Wallender travels to Riga, Latvia, where he struggles against corruption and deceit and risks his own life to uncover the truth.

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