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The Dogs of Riga (1992)

by Henning Mankell

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Series: Kurt Wallander (2)

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This is book two of the internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series. On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, victims of grisly torture and cold execution, are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain he has the ability to solve a case as mysterious as it is heinous. But 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 done, Wallander slips into the routine once more, until he is called suddenly 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)
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Kriminalkommissar Kurt Wallander saß in seinem Zimmer im Polizeipräsidium von Ystad und gähnte. In diesem Moment kam Martinson ins Zimmer. ›Vor ein paar Minuten haben wir einen merkwürdigen Anruf erhalten‹, begann er, ›er kam aus einer Telefonzelle. Ein Mann behauptete, daß bald irgendwo hier an der Küste ein Rettungsboot mit zwei toten Männern an Land treiben würde...

Dann legte er auf.

Wer sind die Toten? Und wohin ist das Rettungsboot verschwunden? Die Ermittlungen führen Kommissar Wallander nach Osteuropa. Er gerät immer tiefer hinein in ein kaum noch zu durchschauendes Komplott unsichtbarer Mächte, in dem er nicht nur seinen Glauben an die Gerechtigkeit verliert, sondern auch fast sein Leben läßt...
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
Policeman involved in Latvian drug smuggling and corruption. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
One more draft and it might have been a better book, but I liked it nonetheless. Mankell evokes the gray fabric of a people's socialist state. The book has gems of insights:
"He was so excessively polite that Wallendar suspected he had endured many humiliations in his life."p.232
"I know paradise has many gates, just as hell does. One has to learn to distinguish between them, or one is lost." p.234
and "Our exile organizations have been our way of replacing the cities and villages we have lost." p.236, which got me thinking about the role of diaspora in nation-building.
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  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Rereading. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
No valid German National Library records retrieved.
  glsottawa | Apr 4, 2018 |
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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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