Eamonn Lynskey's Poetry and Reading Blog

June 29, 2011

‘The Dogs of Riga’ by Henning Mankell (Vintage 2004)

Filed under: Books — tvivf @ 2:25

Very disappointed with this. Was an avid follower of the ‘Wallander’ series of Swedish detective stories on TV, especially when Kurt Wallander, the personally-troubled police detective, was played by Krister Henrikson. This book goes stale about half-way through when the writing seems to go on automatic pilot. Disciplined prig as I am, even I couldn’t plough on to the end. ‘Mankell is in the first division of crime writing’ says the Times (on the front cover). Maybe, but this book isn’t. (Anyway, isn’t there a Premier Division?)

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