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Les chiens de Riga por Henning Mankell
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Les chiens de Riga (original 1992; edição 2003)

por Henning Mankell, Anna Gibson, Henning Mankell (Auteur), Anna Gibson (Auteur)

Séries: Kurt Wallander (2)

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This is book two of the internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery 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, 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.… (mais)
Membro:patemouille
Título:Les chiens de Riga
Autores:Henning Mankell
Outros autores:Anna Gibson, Henning Mankell (Auteur), Anna Gibson (Auteur)
Informação:Éd. France loisirs (2003), Reliure inconnue, 380 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:**1/2
Etiquetas:Romans

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After enjoying Faceless Killers so much I decided that I couldn't wait too long before I read my next Wallander book. Fortunately my local Waterstones had a copy of it, as is usual though, I came out with more than one book, such is life :D

Initially I thought I knew what to expect as it seemed the story would be one about foreign gangs importing drugs into Sweden. I was in for a very pleasant surprise as the story is a mix of detective fiction, post cold war history and a thriller all rolled into one. Clearly Mankell has done his research into Latvia during this period in it's history without bogging down the reader with facts. It would be far too easy to show how much effort went into this with too much data but you get just what you need and no more. This allows the story to progress at a decent pace which makes his a very readable book.

I really like Wallander as a character even if he does poses some of the usual detective cliches. You really get to feel his level of isolation throughout the book brought about by events in the previous book. The atmosphere created by using Latvia plays off very well with his character. The Latvian people don't feel as though they can trust each other and at many points Wallander doesn't feel as if he can trust his own judgement. When he does sometimes it works out ok and other times it ends very badly just as it did for many normal people during the cold war. Another thing I really like about Wallander is that he isn't a superman policeman. When he punches someone, he gets hurts quite badly, when he gets out of sticky situations its usual down to a combination of experience and luck.

I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to getting a copy of the next book in the series. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 23, 2021 |
If it wasn’t for my stubbornness, I would never have finished this book. I didn’t mind the characters, I didn’t mind the writing, but as a reader of mostly non-fiction, I prefer my novels to be more like the non-fiction books, i.e., somewhat believable, something logical, something which makes sense to me.
The book begins with two apparent smugglers spotting a life raft adrift at sea, only to discover it contained the bodies of two men. Because of their own illegal activities, they didn't want to bring them ashore in Sweden and have to answer awkward questions from the police. But I wasn’t quite sure why they’d feel it was necessary to tow the raft closer to the shoreline where it could be discovered a little sooner. A nice humanitarian gesture, perhaps, but the danger of being noticed with the two dead men in tow certainly could have put them in jeopardy. And once they cut the raft free, why would each of the two smugglers, independently and secretly, feel it was a good idea to then call the local police and tell them to keep an eye out for two dead men in a life raft likely to wash ashore soon. And why would one of them later agree to meet with the police and bring him aboard his little smuggling / fishing vessel to help the police investigation?
As the investigation continued, Swedish lead investigator Kurt Wallander discovered that the murdered victims may have come from one of the Soviet bloc Baltic States, and a Latvian detective, Major Liepa, is sent to assist Swedish authorities. Without determining who and how the men were killed, the Latvian detective returned home, only to be murdered himself within hours.
Wallander himself is now requested to go to Riga in Latvia to assist in the investigation. I would have expected that the Latvian police would be more than capable of performing the investigation on their own, with perhaps a phone call to Wallander being sufficient to determine if he could add any new background regarding what occurred in Sweden. Nonetheless, Wallander is given an office, a driver, and access to the police investigation reports into the Latvian detective’s murder.
Wallander soon meets the dead Major Liepa’s widow, and develops a deep affection to this woman, a woman he’s just met. Apparently, the feeling is somewhat mutual. Meanwhile, Wallander suspects that one of the Latvian police superiors is “dirty” in some way, without any hard evidence to support his feeling. Since the book takes place before the break-up of the USSR, there is a secret group in Latvia hoping to free their country of Soviet influence and control. Wallander believes that Major Liepa may have been sympathetic to this movement, and when in Latvia, agrees to meet secretly with some of these people. Partly because of this, during his time in Latvia, Wallander continually worries about the feeling that he’s being followed and watched.
Soon, local Latvian authorities believe they’ve found the individuals who murdered Major Liepa, and Wallander is thanked for his support and sent back to Sweden. But because of his affection for the dead Latvian’s widow, Wallander, a policeman, strangely agrees to break a number of laws and obtain a false passport and illegally sneak back into Latvia in order to independently continue his own private investigation into the death of a man he barely knew, in a Country whose language and customs he does not know, in a place where he has no authority, and without the knowledge or support of his own Country. People all around him suddenly are shot or arrested, apparently because the Latvian police are aware of his presence, yet he’s never approached, questioned, nor arrested. This apparently is because the Latvian authorities believe the deceased Major Liepa may have kept records which implicate them in corruption or crimes, and believe Wallander, a man who basically has no contacts or language skills in Latvia, will somehow find these mysterious documents. Wallander is actually able to gain access to Latvian police records, even if written in a language he doesn't understand, and manages to find the missing incriminating records. It goes on like this, all the while leaving me questioning how and why any of the situations are plausible. If you can just let go, and appreciate some of the twists and turns, it could be an OK book, but for me, I’ll take Mankell off my list of authors I'd like to read.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Un mattino sulla costa svedese viene individuato un canotto, che è stato spinto dalle correnti. Sull'imbarcazione ci sono due cadaveri, uccisi a colpi di pistola. Il commissario Kurt Wallander, protagonista ben noto ai lettori di Mankell, inizia le indagini. Il canotto proviene dalla Lettonia, per cui viene intrapresa la collaborazione tra i due paesi. Wallander scopre un torbido intrigo, in cui si mescolano la corruzione della polizia lèttone, la criminalità organizzata e una rete di traffici illeciti. I Cani di Riga difatti sono gli uomini corrotti, politici e poliziotti, di un paese divenuto indipendente (la storia è ambientata nel 1991) ma che ancora si trova sotto l'influenza del regime comunista.
Il ritmo lento del racconto, forse a causa della trama complicata, forse perché Mankell affronta un tema complesso, quello politico, rende questo romanzo meno avvincente di come ci si aspetti. ( )
  cometahalley | Jan 14, 2021 |
5-star book. 2 bodies wash up on shore in Sweden in a life raft, leading to a terrifying trip into #Latvia for Inspector Wallander to uncover multiple crimes that, if solved, could spell freedom for a nation. I’ve watched the entire Wallander BBC series (it’s great), but they don’t compare to this, the first book I’ve read in the series. If you want a sense of life under Soviet rule, this is it. ( )
  KarenMonsen | Nov 23, 2020 |
I was very much in the mood for the type escape this book provided. So I zoomed through it. I have not read any others in the series but intend to do so.

The case begins in Sweden, on the beach, when an inflatable liferaft carrying two dead bodies washes up. A bit of research narrows down the identity of the victims, who were shot execution-style, as probably from the Baltic states.

An inspector from the Riga police department, in Latvia, travels to Sweden to meet with Wallender and assist in any way he can. When his work is done he travels back to Riga. But the case is not over, and Wallender is soon called to Riga.

And that is where the story really starts to roll. Riga, of course, is a much different place than any Wallender has encountered before. He has not been in a Communist-controlled country before and although this is the early 90s and changes are happening, the city retains much of the habits of its past. We get to know the city a bit, and Wallender a bit more, as he enters more and more dangerous waters in his efforts to solve the case.

There is more than enough to the story to carry the book, but as usual I was most interested in the characters. I hope to get to know Wallender and his crew better. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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Una fría mañana de febrero llega un bote salvavidas a la costa sueca arrastrado por la corriente. Dentro encuentran los cadáveres de dos hombres que, como confirma el inspector Wallander, han sido asesinados hace días. Aquejado de estrés y de intensos dolores de pecho, con remordimientos por su anciano padre y sin haber encajado bien la separación de su mujer, Kurt Wallander, una vez abierta la investigación, debe hacer de tripas corazón y posponer sus buenos propósitos de cuidarse más. Al averiguarse que los dos hombres asesinados eran letones, Wallander no tiene más remedio que viajar a Riga, donde se introduce en los ambientes más corruptos, gobernados por bandas criminales.
adicionada por Pakoniet | editarLecturalia
 
Set against the chaotic backdrop of eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mankell's intense, accomplished mystery, the last in his Kurt Wallander series (Firewall, etc.), explores one man's struggle to find truth and justice in a society increasingly bereft of either. Here the provincial Swedish detective takes on a probably fruitless task: investigating the murders of two unidentified men washed up on the Swedish coast in an inflatable dinghy. The only clues: their dental work suggests they're from an Eastern Bloc country; the raft is Yugoslavian. But their deaths mushroom into an international incident that takes Wallander to Riga, Latvia, and enmeshes him in an incredibly dangerous and emotionally draining situation, battling forces far larger than the ""bloodless burglaries and frauds"" he typically pursues in Sweden. In Riga, Wallander must deal with widespread governmental corruption, which opens his eyes to the chilling reality of life in the totalitarian Eastern Bloc: grim, harrowing and volatile. Wallander's introspection and self-doubt make him compellingly real, and his efforts to find out what happened to those men on the life raft makes for riveting reading. There's a pervasive sense of Scandinavian gloom, in Wallander and in the novel, that might be difficult for some American readers, but this is a very worthy book-a unique combination of police procedural and spy thriller that also happens to be a devastating critique of Soviet-style Communism.
adicionada por VivienneR | editarPublisher's Weekly
 

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This is book two of the internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery 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, 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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