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The Dogs of Riga (Unabridged)
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by Henning Mankell (Author), Sean Barrett (Narrator)
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 10 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • Release Date: 21 Jan. 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K9F7P0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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Sweden, winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off. A few days later a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead.

The dead men were criminals, victims of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon takes on a far more sinister aspect. Wallander travels across the Baltic Sea, to Riga in Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats, and lies. Doomed always to be one step behind the shadowy figures he pursues, only Wallander's obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light.

©2001 Henning Mankell; (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second of Henning Mankell's novels featuring Swedish Detective Kurt Wallander. Two mysterious bodies are washed up on a deserted Swedish beach. The trail leads to pre Soviet collapse Latvia, and a deep conspiracy in the paranoid world of a police state of which Wallander has no comprehension. Taking his investigation to Riga, he is like a fish out of water, trying to find the truth in a world of lies. On his own in a strange world, I was reminded of the atmosphere of a Le Carre novel, such as `The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'. There is a sense of paranoia running through the book, with Wallander unable to trust anyone while completely in the dark about what it is that he is actually involved in.

Mankell is a fine writer on many counts. He manages to construct clever plots and believable mysteries, showing the police procedural side with fascinating detail. Kurt Wallander is a well written protagonist, with many personal flaws and a difficult private life. In the hands of other writers these might seem like annoying characteristics brought in solely to make the character interesting, but as written by Mankell they seem just right. Finally, Mankell writes with a great feeling for atmosphere. He contrasts the free and open Sweden with the dark and paranoid Riga with consummate ease. There is a sense of moodiness in the books, a dark, heavy feeling which pervades every page, you feel as though you are suffocating under it, then every now and then there is a breath of fresh air, you take a gulp then dive back into the dark and murky world.

I loved this book, a great read that really made me think, educated me and, most of all, entertained me with a gripping tale. Highly recommended!
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Atmospheric Journey 9 Jan. 2003
Of the two 'Kurt Wallander' novels I have read, 'The Dogs of Riga' is the weaker: 'Faceless Killers' has a more compelling plot, and a more interesting narrative. However, 'The Dogs of Riga' is still a very good book. The ending is slightly cluttered, with Mankell pushing credibility a little, but the novel as a whole is an excellent portrait of a determined Swedish Police detective who happens to be a little unlucky and a little unhealthy.
'The Dogs of Riga' is basically a Police Procedural detective novel and a no-details-ignored, everything-included study of a middle-aged man going through a variety of problems, whether they be medical, personal, or career-related. We may not aspire to be like Wallander in all respects, but the character earns the respect, admiration, and - at times - symphathy of the reader. Mankell weaves the most mundane details of Wallander's life and police investigations into a narrative which is always compelling. And he is astute not only with regard to character: there is a superb sense of geographical place, time, and politics in these novels. And this sense is nuanced, and not in any way simplistic. If anything, Mankell paints the world in too realistic a way: it is so plausible and real that reading about certain aspects of it can be depressing.
Recommended, although 'Faceless Killers' is the first novel, in terms of Wallander's chronology. After reading 'Faceless Killers' and 'The Dogs of Riga', read 'Sidetracked' and 'The Fifth Woman', in that order.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Dec. 2009
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I have just read this in one long run during a very long day of train journeys. I found it absolutely riveting. I love the fact that Wallander is an ordinary, imperfect man. He tries to do the right thing but doesn't always manage it. As the story progresses we can see him become more and more mentally and physically exhausted. When he gets too tired he drinks too much and almost mucks things up, pulling things back at the last moment. The setting in Latvia-with its atmosphere of menace and not being able to fully trust anyone is fascinating.It doesn't matter that the Iron Curtain has come down-there are still plenty of countries like this around. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual adventure for Inspector Wallander 23 April 2010
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I've only recently discovered this splendid Wallander series of books and have been reading them out of chronological order so some of the consequences of this story were revealed in a book I'd already read The Man Who Smiled but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of an exciting narrative. Henning Mankell has created an interesting and complex man in Wallander and has so far avoided his stories falling into a predictable pattern other than that there's usually a paging-turning climax in which Wallander is pitted against the baddies and often as not he is operating outwith accepted police-protocol. As with the The White Lioness much of The Dogs of Riga, as the title implies, is set out of Sweden and, although there is a crime at the centre of the latter book, it is more a thriller than a detective story with Wallander acting unofficially in Latvia trying to sort out a covered-up murder that he no longer has authority to investigate and so is completely out on a limb and vulnerable. It's a very atmospheric book and gets over the claustrophobic and soul-destroying life for ordinary people in a totalitarian state.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Quality 27 Jan. 2005
I was surprised by a previous reviewer's comment that they found Dogs of Riga unengaging - I found it totally compelling. I do think that there are production glitches - sloppy editorial work on Vintage's part which seriously interfere with the readability of the book - but that aside Wallender is a very engaging, somewhat Rebus-esque hero. In this volume he finds himself sucked almost powerlessly into the decaying world of the collapsing Communist regime of Latvia. I enjoyed Faceless Killers, the previous volume, but I think Dogs of Riga is a dramatic step up in terms of sophistication. You can feel the author inhabiting Wallender's skin more fully with every page. Excellent stuff, I say!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dogs of Riga
I loved to read this book as it held your attention from start to finish.
Published 6 days ago by Norman Lucy
2.0 out of 5 stars lukewarm 😞
Slightly disappointed as I read a few others from the Wallander series and liked them a lot. Lukewarm not the best of Wallander.
Published 12 days ago by Tamika Hedges
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't know whether its the story or the English translation but...
This one really goes off on a tangent as Wallander goes to Riga to solve a murder and becomes embroiled in local politics and he makes the decision to go behind the iron curtain a... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Graham Urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like Wallander, read this
Published 16 days ago by Exmouth Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, exciting and true Wallander
Brilliant, exciting and true Wallander. Watched it first on BBC4 and television made a few changes to the plot but it still made very engrossing reading!
Published 1 month ago by Hils
4.0 out of 5 stars Wallender's test.
It highlights the dark twilight years of the end of state communism in eastern europe and the beginning of the
end of the dark corrupt forces which compelled people to feel... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Typical Wallander novel. Good story with twists and turns. Great descriptions, well written keeps your interest.
Published 1 month ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Excellent Mankell, enjoyed reading this.
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne B
2.0 out of 5 stars Nordic Nonsense
This must be the first time I have read a book in which the hero defecates on the job as it were.

Thankfully, the writer spares us the details - apart from telling us... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt is at his best and is described almost as a superman cum...
As with all Manhell's books this one you cannot put down. The plot tense and beatifully contrived.Kurt is at his best and is described almost as a superman cum detective. Read more
Published 3 months ago by james moore
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