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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,675 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henning Mankell Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kurt Wallander Mysteries Release Date:
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In this case, only Wallander’s obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light.

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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale rich in gritty local culture…The plot is satisfyingly seamy, [and] Wallander is, as always, discombobulated and astute.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The writing is spare, the characterization deft, the atmosphere strong, and the suspense overwhelming.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A gripping, thoughtful police procedural that engages from the first page.”

    Irish Independent

  • “Mankell’s intense, accomplished mystery...explores one man’s struggle to find truth and justice in a society increasingly bereft of either…Wallander’s introspection and self-doubt make him compellingly real…riveting reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dick Hill’s portrayal of Mankell’s Swedish police detective, Kurt Wallander, is masterful…his tone darkens astutely as Wallander begins spiraling deeper into the political underworld…[An] Audiofile Best Audiobook of 2007.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2007 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Digitaldolf | 2/5/2014

    " Read this book in Dutch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christa Pelc | 1/29/2014

    " Quirky, smart, & mysterious!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 1/29/2014

    " Very Kafkaesque, largely taking place in Latvia around 1990-91 shortly after the Berlin wall came down, when the Soviets had a strong influence there and it was a totalitarian, police state. The plot line was less interesting than the insight Mankell provides into what life was like on the ground in a Soviet dependency at that time. Well worth a read for that if nothing else. I also love his portrayal of the Swedish mindset. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Henry | 1/27/2014

    " Here is a new twist, our hero Wallander going to grips with the crimimal police in Latvia just before the collapse of the Russian hegemony. He falls in love with a policeman's wife but finds the killer after a very risky operation. One of the more gripping stories of Mankell. "

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