The Dogs Of Riga: Kurt Wallander
- Publication Date:
- 29 March 2012
- Crime, Thrillers and Mystery
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I really liked this book as it introduced me to Latvia, a country I'd never thought anything about before. I was surpised to find this in a bookstore in a tiny town in South Carolina, perfect for my trip home from vacation!
This is the second of the Wallander-novels - and my first Wallander, so I can't compare it to the others in the series - but I really enjoyed this detective. At least in [The Dogs of Riga] Wallander is surprisingly vulnerable - with chest pains and bowel problems - a distaste for police work and a misanthropic nature. And the case he's thrown into gets him quickly out of his comfort zone - a trip to Riga where he's powerless most of the time and has to rely on his instinct rather than facts. It's not even the case that drives him at last but a vague love for a women he hardly knows. And when hailed as a sharp detective he brushes it of because he feels like a complete failure.I like the mood of despair and disillusionment that pervades the novel. The case itself adds to the feeling of uncertainty and a life filled with grey areas - police corruption and political instability where one does not know whom the enemy is. I want to spend more time with Wallander. No doubt about it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the Kurt Wallender series by Henning Mankell.While I enjoyed the first novel, Faceless Murder, I found that The Dogs of Riga was even more engaging. Henning Mankell does an excellent job of setting up a dark and dreary feeling to the story. As Wallender must travel to Latvia in this particular book, the atmosphere was especially chilling. I found this book to have even more of a political slant to it than Mankell's first book. In took on more of the tone of a political thriller. I could not turn the pages fast enough, and look forward to the next in the series. This is a well written book that will engage the reader looking for something beyond the usual .
A life-raft containing two well-dressed men, washes up on the Swedish shore. Both men have been tortured and murdered. They have been stripped of identification and their origins are unknown. Inspector Kurt Wallander is handed this difficult case. Wallander is a divorced loner, with a sharp, deductive mind. The case finally leads him to the city of Riga, across the Baltic Sea from Sweden. Latvia is a country of turmoil and dark secrets and Wallander is drawn into this perlious, shadowy world. His only ally is Baiba Liepa, the wife of a slain police officer, (lovely name, by the way) and they soon find themselves on the run, vulnerable and alone. Mankell’s prose is lean and stark with just the right amount of eloquence. This is the second book in a terrific series. If you are looking for a launching point for Scandinavian crime fiction, search no more.
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