Books: The Dogs of Riga

When two dead bodies land on the Swedish coast on a life raft , Kurt Wallander is assigned this case. Very soon, international agencies are involved as the raft boats belongs to Latvia. A Lativian police official visits Sweden to help Wallander. The turn of events also takes Wallander to Latvia where he has to struggle with the existing social and political conditions in addition to limited language skills. In all senses, he is a fish out of water!

This is the second book in the Wallander series from Henning Mankell. The time frame is around 1 year from where the first book started placing the events in the early years of 1990s. The setting is not limited to Sweden. Here the setting is the rapidly disintegrating USSR and turmoil in the satellite nations namely the Baltic states. In this book, neither the narrative style nor the pace of events have changed. Setting it against a world in transition, Mankell once again details the process behind an inquisitive mind to unravel mystery. Through the eyes of Wallander, we discover the conspiracy and the plight of the people.

If you are interested in a realistic mystery where the protagonist slowly and carefully unravels the puzzle, pick this one up. This is for you.

The other titles in this series are
Faceless Killers

Tags: Books,Henning Mankell,Kurt Wallander


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