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The Dogs of Riga

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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.

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Specifications

Series Title
Kurt Wallander Series
Publisher
Blackstone Pub
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
9
Author
Thompson, Laurie
ISBN-13
9780786165391
Publication Date
December, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
5.75 x 5.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10
0786165391

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7 customers found this helpful
This is the second of ...
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.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
Come on, Mr Mankell. P...
Come on, Mr Mankell. Puppy dog love/infatuation with a dead cop's wife by our Wallander nearing 50. Going renegade when Swedish. To much plot effort. Just write you detective novels at home in cold wet Sweden. Do not go spy novel on us. P.S. I left you in the seatpocket of a Delta jet. Enjoy yourself there. You were good enuf for the trip but not one to save on my Mystery shelf.
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7 customers found this helpful
This is the second of ...
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.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
Come on, Mr Mankell. P...
Come on, Mr Mankell. Puppy dog love/infatuation with a dead cop's wife by our Wallander nearing 50. Going renegade when Swedish. To much plot effort. Just write you detective novels at home in cold wet Sweden. Do not go spy novel on us. P.S. I left you in the seatpocket of a Delta jet. Enjoy yourself there. You were good enuf for the trip but not one to save on my Mystery shelf.
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This is the second of ...

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.

The Dogs of Riga by He...

The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell; (5*) This story is a dark & suspenseful mystery, like all of the other Wallander police procedurals. I have read 5 of them thus far & this remains my favorite of them all. I loved & creeped out to this novel. The Dogs of Riga is not your run of the mill crime drama. This story takes in international crime & criminals involved in dangerous & deadly pursuits in which Inspector Kurt Wallander finds himself literally locked in the very mmidst. Though the story and related characters are very interesting, it seemed another, creative way to delve further into understanding Wallander himself. This is the second of the Wallander series & for me the basic combination of a meticulous, thorough, creative, & highly organized criminal investigator who is also an awkward, insecure, and sensitive man is what I find most compelling and what stays on my mind after finishing each of these novels. This one I found to be the best of the lot, so far but the entire series has enveloped me.

This book, the second ...

This book, the second in the Kurt Wallander series, is as much an indictment on the society of the time as a murder mystery. Written in the era of great upheaval in the Baltic state of Latvia, a neighbour to Sweden, it tells the story of two subsequent, but linked, murder cases leading Inspector Wallander on a journey, which becomes terrifying on both a personal and professional level, while delivering a social commentary on the state of the nation during this turbulence. The book begins with a grisly find of two bodies in a lifeboat on a local beach in Sweden and ends in the streets of Riga, with Wallander fighting for his life and those of freedom loving Latvians. Along the way we are given more insight into the character of our Police Inspector and a detailed illustration of the life and horror during the changes occurring at the time. I was surprised by this book as, even though the story is cognizant with the spy thrillers of the time, the murders became more of a tool for the author to depict the wrongs delivered to the ordinary people, while illustrating the chaos which allowed the corruption of the society during this breakdown of an empire. Don't get me wrong - I wanted to know 'whodunnit' from the very beginning and I was kept intrigued right to the very end. But I was just as interested in learning about a situation outside my experience and realising just how difficult it must have been to live through those times. This story, notwithstanding some incongruous actions and reactions by our inspector, seemed totally believable to me and gave me much food for thought. While the story was resolved effectively and answered all the questions raised, it left the reader wondering more, especially in relation to Kurt Wallander. Next! (Oct 20, 2007)

Two bodies, having bee...

Two bodies, having been tortured and executed, wash up on the Swedish shoreline in a life raft. When it is determined that the raft originated from Latvia, Kurt Wallander and team host Major Karlis Leipa, the Latvian official who travels to Sweden to assist in unraveling the mystery. However, before the mystery is revealed, Wallander finds himself in Latvia and in grave danger. Political intrigue plays a prominent role in the novel; it is 1991, and the Baltic countries are reeling to establish a firm foothold in their newfound independence from Russia. The uncertainty has left Latvia a prime target for corruption and organized crime. High ranking political and police officials are suspected of colluding with gangs for handsome profit. Wallander, of course, is out of his element in Latvia, and an outrageous adventure of cat and mouse ensues: "We live in a an age when the mice are hunting the cats, he thought. But that isn't true either, as nobody knows any more who are the mice and who the cats." (Ch 13) I enjoyed the pace of this second Wallander novel much more than the first. Mankell has all the elements of a page turner here. Recommended!

I thoroughly enjoyed t...

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 .

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