The Dogs of Riga
Second in the Kurt Wallander series.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... show more
Second in the Kurt Wallander series.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 Latvia, 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.
Publish date: April 13th 2004
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Mystery Thriller
, Scandinavian Literature
, Swedish Literature
Series: Kurt Wallander (#2)
Masterful in plot, pace, characters and setting, this is a serious and multi-layered mystery, a study of how some people rise to greatness in danger and under oppression. Inspector Kurt Wallander is a humble hero, given more to mid-life-crisis existential angst than machismo. He’s smart, though, and...
The first half was too slow, but after that what a book! Lots of plot twist, the tension was constant and you never knew who to trust. Very recommended!
I think I prefer Jo Nesbø's Harry Hole to Wallander at this point. They're similar (40-ish, hardboiled, jaded, talented detectives, occasionally funny, divorced, father issues, etc.). Wallander is very straightforward but I feel like I don't know him as well after 2 books. I will read another, but f...
I understand that there's so little crime in Sweden that a mystery writer has to look to redder fields, but the whole Latvian plot is so incredibly unbelievable! Why on Earth would Wallander agree to help a bunch of people who repeatedly refuse to tell him what's going on? How could he ever trust t...
I seem finally to have found a type of genre-writing that I get. This is a really fabulous, fabulous book -- better than Faceless Killers (which itself was excellent) -- a mystery set partially in the grim landscape of a decaying factory town in southern Sweden, and partially in the even grimmer se...