The Dogs of Riga

By Henning Mankell
Translated by Laurie Thompson
Read by Dick Hill

The Kurt Wallander Mysteries: Book 2

10.68 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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In this case, only Wallander’s obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light. 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 the routine once more, until he is called suddenly to Riga and plunged into an alien world in which shadows are everywhere, everything is watched, and old regimes will do anything to stay alive.

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Summary

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2007 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

In this case, only Wallander’s obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light.

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 the routine once more, until he is called suddenly to Riga and plunged into an alien world in which shadows are everywhere, everything is watched, and old regimes will do anything to stay alive.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tale rich in gritty local culture…The plot is satisfyingly seamy, [and] Wallander is, as always, discombobulated and astute.” Los Angeles Times
“The writing is spare, the characterization deft, the atmosphere strong, and the suspense overwhelming.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“A gripping, thoughtful police procedural that engages from the first page.” Irish Independent
“Mankell’s intense, accomplished mystery...explores one man’s struggle to find truth and justice in a society increasingly bereft of either…Wallander’s introspection and self-doubt make him compellingly real…riveting reading.” Publishers Weekly
“Dick Hill’s portrayal of Mankell’s Swedish police detective, Kurt Wallander, is masterful…his tone darkens astutely as Wallander begins spiraling deeper into the political underworld…[An] Audiofile Best Audiobook of 2007.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. He divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he worked as a director at Teatro Avenida.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English