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The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (2) (original 1992; edition 2004)

by Henning Mankell

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Title:The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (2)
Authors:Henning Mankell
Info:Vintage (2004), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Latvia, Kurt Wallander, crime, Detective

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The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (1992)


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I liked this even better than the first Wallander mystery (Faceless Killers). Mankell combines world politics, existential meanderings, family dysfunction, evocative descriptions, and ill-fated romance into a gripping mystery and a solid novel...I'll read more. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
The second Wallander novel, set during the disintegration of the Soviet Union. A couple of bodies in a liferaft are washed up on the coast near Ystad, and, as the title has already warned us, Wallander works out that they must have drifted over from Latvia. He is invited over to assist the local police, and inadvertently becomes involved in the conflict between nationalists and pro-Soviet interests in Latvia. There's a little bit too much of the John Le Carrés about the last few chapters, and it's all wildly implausible, but it is quite entertaining. ( )
  thorold | Dec 1, 2015 |
For me this is the best so far of the Wallander series,not least because it involves not only Sweden but Latvia too. The vulnerable and fragile Wallander becomes embroiled in a case which is much more complicated and indeed dangerous that at first envisaged.Much of the story takes place in Latvia and our detective makes several bad mistakes before the end.He also becomes involved with a Latvian woman who is mentioned in some of the other books of the series. ( )
  devenish | Dec 24, 2014 |
This is my second Henning Mankell book, after "Faceless Killers", and I didn't like it as much.

"The Dogs of Riga" is the second Inspector Wallander crime thriller. This time the Swedish detective tries to solve the mystery of the two bodies of young, well-dressed Eastern Europeans found accidentally on a drifting lifeboat.

The investigation leads to Latvia. A colleague from Latvian police comes to Sweden to help, and upon his return to Riga is murdered. It is now Wallander's turn to travel, to Riga, to try to find out what happened. He is sucked into the underground revolutionary struggle (the story takes place shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union) and his quest stretches well beyond the initial scope. He meets, and kind of falls in love, with his Latvian colleague's widow, who tells him her husband was murdered by the forces that be, due to his uncovering of corruption.

The story line is much too broad and it seems Henning tried to reach too far. At times the things Wallander does or thinks (for he does a lot of thinking in this book) seem somewhat unreal and out of place for a Swedish police officer. The book ends somewhat predictably, which is always a bad sign for a crime thriller.

Wallander also drinks much less coffee than he does in the first novel. Perhaps a bit more caffeine would have focused Henning better when writing this novel. ( )
  ashergabbay | Aug 10, 2014 |
I am rapidly becoming a Henning Mankell fan. Yet another great entry in the Wallander series, this time involving drug smuggling and police corruption and Kurt going to Riga and falling for yet another woman. He is a bit Morse-like in that respect but it isn't really the cavalcade of women. He seems to get crushes and they are also tied up in his rather awful morass of a life. I love the way the character is being developed and the relationships with the other officers as well as his family. The mystery is also great, more in the Cold War Spy thriller category and very well done. Read more!
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
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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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