Thursday, July 9, 2009

Review: The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell (Kurt Wallander #2)

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.



This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (9 CDs/10.5 hours).

I must say that if this were my first Wallander I wouldn't continue with the series, but since I know they can be better I'll try at least one more in the future. I do prefer the television Wallander much more than the book version though.

This one get six stars. It was very, very dark and struck me as much more of a spy novel than a detective story. It was also rather long as well and dragged on at points. The reader was, as I've said before, good but could be stilted at points which was annoying.

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆



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