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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455185757
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 Christa Pelc | 1/29/2014

    " Quirky, smart, & mysterious!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Springer | 1/12/2014

    " The 2nd Wallander mystery, taking place in Latvia, amid the rich description of the gritty local culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mark Rissi | 1/11/2014

    " I am a fan of Mankell and his Wallander series. Unusual portrait of a Swedish police commissioner. Social and political undertones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jharkey | 1/4/2014

    " Once again this author had written an extraordinary story. His characters are so believable as humans and mystery solvers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lene Hartvig | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting book! I liked the cold war twist and the Latvia setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 66yoguy | 12/8/2013

    " Great series of murder mystery stories with believable chacters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 valpal | 12/8/2013

    " Good Police Procedural - I started with the second book in the series because it was in the library but I'll read more of the series. Not quite Stieg Larsson, but if you need a Swedish detective fix, this will do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/29/2013

    " This one was certainly thought provoking; it provides a nice insight into Latvian life in the 1990's. However, I just didn't find it to be nearly as engaging as the 1st Wallander novel. I think that this will end up being one of my least favorite Wallander novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 11/23/2013

    " My favorite Kurt Wallender. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ewa Stanislawska | 2/7/2013

    " Where everything started! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gisela | 8/28/2012

    " Slow pace until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Dorney | 7/24/2012

    " Definitely not as strong as the first Wallender mystery, I still really enjoyed it. His visuals of a changing Latvia and the streets of Riga were intense. It does wander a bit in the middle, but finds itself again towards the end. Definitely worth a read if you enjoy Scandinavian mysteries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele Abrams Lehn | 7/23/2012

    " Not one of my Henning Mankell favorites. Slow paced, very little action. Frustrating plot. I hope the next in the series is more exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Radtke | 7/5/2012

    " Top rate crime fiction from Sweden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Stewart | 6/27/2012

    " Can't say enough about Henning Mankell. If you haven't read any of his novels, DO SO!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 6/1/2012

    " A very good mystery--much more to my taste than the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JDK1962 | 6/2/2011

    " Not a favorite. Much of the story took place outside Sweden, and it didn't really move Wallander's character forward much. In some ways, it felt Mankell wanted to write a novel set in Riga, and he grafted Wallander into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukas | 5/20/2011

    " Just finished. I liked the characters most and the thrill factor was pretty good. A bit dated with the Riga/Soviet Union bit and [MILD SPOILER ALERT] the end was a bit much, but I am 'hooked' on Wallander and will read more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenn | 5/5/2011

    " Blech. Couldn't finish. The translation was horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pål H. | 5/3/2011

    " I'm not sure if I liked the setting in the book.. it was a bit depressing.. but it was exciting towards the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/2/2011

    " Another good detective/mystery book. I like this author and the way he has used this Kurt Wallender charactor so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desi | 5/1/2011

    " I am not a "mystery reader", but I picked this up because I enjoy the BBC series with Kenneth Branaugh. This was a well-paced, enjoyable read, with much of the story taking place in not-quite-post-Soviet Latvia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 4/29/2011

    " I just love the Wallander series - and the TV show. This is the second in the series - the first being The Faceless Killers.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hank | 4/15/2011

    " I like the sparse, atmospheric writing, but so far the plots are not all that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/13/2011

    " I liked the part of Estonia under communism - haven't ever read a book placed in the Baltics. It reminded me of the Romanian film about the abortion: the 4 months...one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/11/2011

    " Okay, I'm hooked on Kurt Wallander. Finished Riga, now reading Pyramid. Interesting to read about young Kurt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/2/2011

    " This is actually the first Wallander book I read, so it's the one that got me hooked. Very interesting to see the world through this Swedish man's eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 3/31/2011

    " Okay, this is more like it. After being disappointed in the first Wallender book, more by the writing than the storyline, I was relieved to see such improvement in the second book. I'll keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 3/30/2011

    " I'm listening to this one on the ipod, as I did with the first Kurt Wallander book.

    These are some Swedish murder mysteries I can get into! "

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About the Author
Author Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. He divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he worked as a director at Teatro Avenida.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.