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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
Rating:****
Tags:Latvia, Kurt Wallander, crime, Detective

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The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (1992)

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About on par with the first in the series. A good, fast, atmospheric mystery. ( )
  JBD1 | Jun 20, 2016 |
A little incoherent at times, but generally an interesting story.Wallander at his most melancholic and at the mercy of fate... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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 |
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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.
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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.
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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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