Synopses & Reviews
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 Skåne 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.
The writing is spare, the characterization deft, the atmosphere strong and the suspense overwhelming. (Times Literary Supplement)
Mankell is a powerful writer who rapidly transports us into the world of shabby, Communist-run Latvia. (The Independent)
A gripping, thoughtful police procedural that engages from the first page. (Irish Independent)
Bringing the acclaimed series to a close, "The Dogs of Riga" takes Inspector Kurt Wallander to Riga, Latvia, to investigate the murder of two Eastern European criminals.
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written nine Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK's Golden Dagger for Sidetracked) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. Born in 1948, Mankell grew up in the Swedish village of Sveg. He now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as a director at Teatro Avenida. Translator Laurie Thompson lives in Wales and has edited Swedish Book Review since its launch in 1983. He has translated fifteen books from Swedish, including three Kurt Wallander mysteries.