The Dogs of Riga

The Dogs of Riga

A Kurt Wallander Mystery

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
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.

Norton Pub
Bringing the acclaimed series to a close, The Dogs of Riga takes Inspector Kurt Wallander across the Baltic to a disintegrating soviet union February, 1991. A life raft washes ashore in Skane carrying two dead men in expensive suits, shot gangland-style. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team determine that the men were Eastern European criminals. But what appears in Sweden to be an open-and-shut case soon plunges Wallander into an alien world of police surveillance, thinly veiled threats, and life-endangering lies. When another murder is committed, Wallander must travel to Riga, Latvia, at the peak of the massive social and political upheaval that preceded the nation's independence from the Soviet Union. Struggling to catch up with the culprits he pursues in this shadowy nation, Wallander finds that he must make a choice, decide who is lying and who is telling the truth, and test his bravery.

Blackwell North Amer
February, 1991. A life raft washes ashore in Skane, Sweden, carrying two dead men in expensive suits, shot gangland-style. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team determine that the men were Eastern European criminals. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon plunges Wallander into an alien world of police surveillance, thinly veiled threats, and life-endangering lies.
When another murder is committed, Wallander must travel to Riga, Latvia, at the peak of the massive social and political upheaval preceding the nation's independence from the Soviet Union. A country in transition, Latvia is a place where deception and corruption are everyday practice. Wallander struggles to catch up with the culprits in this shadowy society and must make a dangerous choice about who is lying and who is telling the truth. Aligned with political dissidents, he has to work outside the law for the first time and figure out who in this police state he can possibly trust when his and others' lives are at risk. It is the greatest test of his bravery he has yet had to face.

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2003
ISBN: 9781565847873
1565847873
9781400031528
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Laurie 1938-

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genepy
Mar 07, 2018

Mankell depicts a very realistic picture of a totalitarian state where spying, denunciation, corruption and crime are everyday happenings and not just fictional facts to make a good detective story.
Suspenseful, intense and thorough , this story takes the reader on the other side of the iron curtain , not an obsolete metaphor in this novel !
We see a very human side of Inspector Wallander, the main protagonist , who empathizes with the victims, risks his life to help and even make some mistakes along the way .

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homermayor
Nov 15, 2015

1: Holmgren, Jakobsen, Weber- trucker- smuggling ring. They discover two dead men in a life raft.
2: Martinsson-inspector, Rydberg- Wallander's diceased colleague (cancer), W's demented father is in home care and moods have improved.
Björk-chief of police, Svedberg-inspector. Mörth-pathologist.
4: Birgitta Törn- Foreign Ministry Rep
5: Sturr Rönnlund-narcotics div of national police, Bertil Lovén- serious crimes div of national police. Victims identified by Latvians as Janis Leja & Juris Kalns- notorious criminals. Major Liepa- Latvian police-coming to flying over to help in the investigation.
6; Liepa returns to Latvia & is murdered
7: W flies to Latvia & is met by Col. Jazeps Putnis. Juris Murniers- inspector in charge of the Liepa murder.
8: Baiba Liepa, wife of the deceased talks with him.
11: Upitus-friend of Baiba is charged with the murder of Liepa.

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wilqser
Jul 22, 2014

Swedish mystery about a detective who is asked to uncover the mystery of 3 bodies discovered on a boat . The novel leads to a little international intrigue; of the fight for the rights of the people of Latvia in the Baltic. Easy to read; part of a series of which I am currently reading. It brings a unique perspective of the lives of other peoples. Good.

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coffeeandabook
Dec 05, 2013

Love the Mankell books for their plots and the fact that they take place in the context of a world which affects the detective and his progress

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loudem
Dec 01, 2012

This story is more political than a normal police investigation. I don’t know if I like that or not. All in all we have an unofficial police story, a wannabe love story to keep it spicy (of sort), a whodunit between two (maybe) corrupted officials. The conclusion is a tad forced as both corrupted (?) officials spring into action and it all ends as a deflating balloon .I understand the author’s point of view, but political reality does not make for a very good police story. In this case, we have a very good author making due with a somewhat bad story. Life is not a novel and a novel is just that, a novel. Not a documentary. Political events tend to peter out quite quickly and become irrelevant to most people. I don’t even know where the Balcan are, exactly. So any political activity there tends to not register very long.

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SergeStaggs
Jan 24, 2012

Too much talking - maybe the way it's translated.

hermlou Dec 13, 2011

Two bodies are found in a raft on the Swedish coast, and Wallender investigates. The two men are Latvian, so the Swedish police hope the case will go back to Latvia. When a Latvian policeman comes to Sweden and is murdered when he returns home, Wallender is asked to help in a country which in in the midst of Soviet upheaval. Enjoyable read, and I held my breath as Wallender tried to find a hidden file.

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ravensview
Jun 03, 2011

Excellent book - will keep reading more by this author.

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JasmineJeane
May 28, 2011

Wow, what a great read ! Several murders and lots of twists and turns, just the way I like 'em !

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gwinegarden
Aug 20, 2010

Wallander is a very different kind of detective.

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