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.
by Henning Mankell
by Milton T. Burton
"Dick Hill's portrayal of Mankell's Swedish police detective, Kurt Wallander, is masterful. In this second book in the internationally acclaimed series, two murder victims are washed ashore in a lifeboat on the Swedish coast. Their Baltic origins lead the Swedish detective into a joint investigation with a Latvian policeman. The policeman's murder draws Wallander across the sea to a country just released from Soviet control. Hill's Latvian detectives have just enough of an accent for distinction, and his tone darkens astutely as Wallander begins spiraling deeper into the political underworld of the bewildering country he is reluctantly immersed in. The pacing as danger escalates is engrossing as the law-abiding policeman finds himself doubting, then being pursued by, former allies. D.P.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007 (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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