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The Dogs of Riga
Originally published in Swedish as Hundarna i Riga in 1992 and later translated into German as Hunde von Riga.

Synopsis
The Dogs of Riga explores the collapse of the Soviet Union and the effect this process has on its people as well as the West.

From Random House:
It is winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander's team at the Ystad police station face a new challenge: two corpses, frozen together in a gruesome embrace, have been washed ashore on the remote Swedish coastline. The dead men were Eastern European criminals, but what looks like a gangland hit takes on a much more sinister aspect when Wallander travels across the Baltic Sea to Latvia, a nation in the throws of the massive upheaval that will lead to its independence from the Soviet Union. Wallander is thrown into an icy, alien world of police surveillance, veiled threats and lies, coming to understand what it is to live in a nation in which democracy is still a dream. Only his dogged, almost subconscious desire to see justice done will lead him to the shadowy figures he pursues.

From ISIS Publishing:
Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team at the Ystad police station in Skåne, southern Sweden, receive an anonymous tip-off that comes to pass a few days later: a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead.

The dead men were Eastern European criminals, victims of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But as the case soon takes on a sinister turn, Wallander finds himself in Riga, Latvia. There he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats and lies. Only his dogged, almost subconscious desire to see justice done brings the truth to light.

From SVT Sales:
The year is 1992; the Soviet Empire has been consigned to history. Latvia is now a sovereign state. But behind the official autonomy, powerful forces are at work with close links to the Russian Mafia. A rubber dinghy with the bodies of two dead men onboard washes up on the coast of Southern Sweden. The police in Ystad, led by Detective Superintendent Kurt Wallander are soon able to establish that the two men were murdered and that the dinghy originated in Latvia. The Latvian police send a Major Liepa across to Ystad to assist with the investigation. The case of the two dead men is soon seen to be the product of an internal Mafia dispute, and Liepa returns home. Shortly afterwards a message comes from Riga that Liepa has been murdered immediately upon his arrival back home. Together with Blomman, a young Ystad cop of Latvian extraction Wallander sets off for Riga. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues in the shadow of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Language Title Publication Date Translator
Flag of Sweden Swedish Hundarna i Riga 1992 N/A
Flag of the United Kingdom English The Dogs of Riga 2001 Laurie Thompson
Flag of Germany German Hunde von Riga 1993 Barbara Sirges, Paul Berf
Flag of The Netherlands Dutch Honden van Riga 1998 Cora Polet
Flag of France French Les chiens de Riga 2003 Anna Gibson
Flag of Italy Italian I cani di Riga 2002 Giorgio Puleo
Flag of Spain Spanish Los Perros de Riga 2002 Dea M. Mansten, Amanda Monjonell
Flag of Spain Catalan Els gossos de Riga 2002 Meritxell Salvany
Flag of Spain Basque ??    
Flag of Norway Norwegian Hundene i Riga 1994 Kari Bolstad
Flag of Finland Finnish Riian verikoirat    
Flag of Denmark Danish Hundene i Riga    
Flag of Iceland Icelandic ??    
Flag of Portugal Portuguese Os Cães de Riga    
Flag of Greece Greek Τα σκυλια τησ Ριγα 2002  
Flag of Poland Polish Psy z Rygi 2006 Grażyna Ludvigsson
Flag of Slovenia Slovenian Psi iz Rige 2003 Uroš Kalèiè
Flag of Turkey Turkish Riga'nın Köpekleri 2005 Fatoş Dilber
Flag of Japan Japanese リガの犬たち 創元推理文庫    
Flag of South Korea Korean ??    
Flag of Vietnam Vietnamese ??    

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Product Thumbnail Hundarna i Riga Flag Publisher: Ordfront
Format: Paperback
Pages: 339
ISBN: 9170371660
Released: 2005-Jan
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Ordfront.se
Product Thumbnail The Dogs of Riga Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1400031524
Released: 2004-Apr-13
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Product Thumbnail The Dogs of Riga Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1860469590
Released:
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery Publisher: New Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1565847873
Released: 2003-Apr
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag Flag
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail The Dogs of Riga (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Publisher: Harvill Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 186046839X
Released: 2001-Oct-18
Status: Out of Print
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
Product Thumbnail Hunde von Riga Flag Publisher: Dtv
Format:
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ISBN: 3423202947
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Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Hunde von Riga Flag Publisher: Zsolnay
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ISBN: 3552049924
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Amazon.de
Product Thumbnail Les chiens de Riga Flag Publisher: Seuil
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ISBN: 2020312972
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Product Thumbnail Les chiens de Riga Flag Publisher: Seuil
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ISBN: 2020638932
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Product Thumbnail Los Perros de Riga Flag Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 334
ISBN: 8483102226
Released: 2002-11
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag Flag Flag
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Product Thumbnail Els gossos de Riga (Catalan) Publisher: Tusquets Editores, S.A.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
ISBN: 8483108445
Released: 2002-11
Status: In Print
Markets: Flag
Tusquets-Editores.es
Audio Books
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Product Thumbnail The Dogs of Riga Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Format: Cassette Tapes
Length: Unabridged, 8 tapes, 10hrs 10mins
ISBN: 0753117975
Released:
Status: In Print
Narrator: Sean Barrett
Markets: Flag
Amazon.co.uk
ISIS Publishing
Product Thumbnail The Dogs of Riga Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Format: CD
Length: Unabridged, 14 CDs, 1053mins
ISBN: 078614839X, 9780786148394
Released: 2006-12
Status: In Print
Narrator: Dick Hill
Markets: Flag Flag
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Product Thmbnail Hundarna i Riga Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Sandrew Metronome AB
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish
Rating:
Released: 2003-12-03
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Henning Mankell 3 Disc DVD Box Set Flag Flag Publisher: Sandrew Metronome AB
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Swedish
Rating:
Released: 2003-12-03
Status: In Print
DVD.se
Product Thumbnail Los Perros de Riga Flag DVD Logo Publisher: Llamentol
Format: DVD, Region 2, PAL, Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: Spanish
Rating:
Released: 2006-Feb-14
Status: In Print
DvdGo.com