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The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
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Sep 17, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, mystery-thriller-suspense, _fiction
Read in September, 2008

This book is part of a series by about a Swedish detective written by a Swedish author. When two bodies are discovered washed ashore in a life raft on the Swedish coast, Kurt Wallander is assigned to the investigation. Even if the men hadn't been murdered, they would have frozen to death adrift in the cold Atlantic. As the clues begin to come into focus, the dead are found to be Latvian nationals. A Latvian detective travels to Sweden to help in the investigation, but upon return home is murdered. When Detective Wallander's presence is requested in Latvia, he discovers a pile of lies and cover ups.

As the story takes place immediately after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the tale illuminates some of the struggles going on just between the surface when the political landscape changes abruptly. A very interesting story.

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