The Dogs of Riga - Kurt Wallander, Bk 2 Author:Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator) On the Swedish coastline, two bodies, 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 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 Latvi... more »a, 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 routine once more, until suddenly, he is called to Riga and plunged into an alien world where shadows are everywhere, everything is watched, and old regimes will do anything to stay alive.« less
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#2 in the Inspector Wallander series set in Ystad, Sweden, though the translation order is really screwed up, so I've been reading this series sort of out of order. Two dead bodies, shot through the heart, are washed up in a life raft not far from Ystad, and Wallander is put in charge of the investigation. Eventually the trail leads to Riga, Latvia, with one of their policemen coming to Ystad to assist with the case. When Major Lieba is brutally murdered on his first day back in Latvia, Wallander is sent to investigate any possible connection to their case and ends up in the midst of a full-blown political intrigue.
It took me awhile to get through this book; not that I didn't like it, because I did, but sometimes the melancholy Wallander can be a bit overwhelming. Made me want to fly him off to the Caribbean for some sunshine while force-feeding him Prozac! LOL Still, a very interesting book where much of the action takes place in a country (Latvia) that I know little about, and as I say, anytime you can learn something while reading for pleasure, it's always a bonus!
Kelly N. - reviewed The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, Bk 2) on
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I LOVE this author! The Wallander series is exciting. It's also interesting to compare the Swedish justice system to the U.S. system. This author brings Sweden to life in his books, almost as if you are there.
I enjoy the Kurt Wallander character, but I did find this book lacking a bit in the flow of the plot and the logical progressions. It may have a lot to do with the translation. The characters were not defined well enough to make their actions and feelings realistic.
One strange story. Didn't expect to read a Swedish mystery and end up in Latvia. Did not understand why Kurt Wallander who knew nothing about Latvia was the only person who could help, but oh well, that's the story. Enjoyable and I will read the next book in the series.
Two bodies wash up on the Swedish shore, victims of grisly torture & cold execution. Detective Kurt Wallander has no witnesses, no motives & no crime scene. After the victims are traced to Latvia, he thinks the Latvian police will take over but suddenly he is called to Riga & is plunged into an alien world where shadows are everywhere & everyone is being watched as the old regime will do anything to stay in power. The wrting is spare, characterization is deft & suspense overwhelming.