Book Reviews of The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, Bk 2)

The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, Bk 2)
The Dogs of Riga - Kurt Wallander, Bk 2
Author: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)
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ISBN-13: 9781400031528
ISBN-10: 1400031524
Publication Date: 4/13/2004
Pages: 336
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 79 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent north Eurpean setting and feel. Does remind me of Wahloo Martin Beck mysteries. Dark, broding, realistic "un-super heroes". Loved the Baltic setting and sense of turmoil of the early 90's.
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Helpful Score: 1
#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!
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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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.
reviewed The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, Bk 2) on + 5 more book reviews
I liked it very much. Mankell is aweseom.
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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.
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Couldn't put it down! I'm hooked on the series!
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I love the Wallander series too but the translation made this book boring and uninteresting. It felt very watered down with no attempt really at good writing, just 'hey it's translated.'
reviewed The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, Bk 2) on + 221 more book reviews
Great book featuring Swedish detective Kurt Wallander, # 2 in the series. Well-written novel about 2 bodies that show up on the coast in a rubber life raft, leading Wallander to Latvia and a corrupt detective.