Firewall (Kurt Wallander Series #8)

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A body is found at an ATM the apparent victim of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open and shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver he begins to unravel a plot much more involved complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one and lead to conspiracy that ...
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Overview

A body is found at an ATM the apparent victim of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open and shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver he begins to unravel a plot much more involved complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one and lead to conspiracy that stretches to encompass a world larger than the borders of Sweden.
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Publishers Weekly

When two dead bodies show up in the Swedish town of Ystad, the aging and disheartened police detective Kurt Wallander begins to investigate the murders as the press attacks his reputation. Mankell delivers a solid mystery with excellent buildup and dynamic characters, and Dick Hill's delivery keeps the tension taut through the story. Hill's gruff voice perfectly brings the downtrodden Wallander to life, but other characters' voices are sometimes unconvincing. Hill uses the same tone and pitch for all characters, rendering men and women confusingly interchangeable. The liberal use of audible sighs, snorts and chortles pull listeners deep into the narrative, and Hill should also be commended for his smooth reading of Swedish names and places. A Vintage paperback. (Apr.)

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In the sixth Kurt Wallander book to appear in English (One Step Behind, etc.), Mankell proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling. In the small town of Ystad, a pair of seemingly random events take place within a matter of days: two teenage girls with no apparent motive brutally beat and stab a taxi driver to death, and a remarkably healthy man checks his bank balance at an ATM and then collapses dead on the sidewalk. After two more odd murders, Wallander becomes convinced that the incidents are all connected. The recurring clues demonstrating the vulnerability of society in the electronic age remain just outside of the Luddite inspector's understanding. But once he detects a conspiracy to collapse the world's financial infrastructure on a specific date, Wallander, whose position at work is already imperiled, ignores office politics and protocol to stop the would-be revolutionary. Although Wallander and his investigative team are forced to work at a dizzying speed, the pace of the book is just right, doling out new leads and intrigues right when they're needed. The only shortcoming in this otherwise smartly written mystery is that too many of the most perplexing clues discovered by Wallander are dismissed as red herrings or coincidence. Overall, however, Mankell's ambitious endeavor to combine large themes with small-town murder is a notable success. (Nov. 7) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal

In Golden Dagger Award winner Mankell's (www.henningmankell.com) eighth entry in the Kurt Wallander series—all previous entries are also available from Blackstone Audio—meaningless crimes underscore the vulnerability of society in the electronic age. Mankell contrasts themes of international intrigue involving a global financial network collapse with situations listeners might view on the local news. The multitude of characters challenges award-winning narrator Dick Hill (www.dickhill.com) to distinguish clearly among them all, but textual attributions mitigate confusion. The Wallander novels have recently been adapted for television (BBC, 2008), with Kenneth Branagh playing the eponymous police inspector. Highly recommended. [Audio clip available through www.blackstoneaudio.com.—Ed.]—Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA


—Sandy Glover
Kirkus Reviews
Despite 30 years of down-and-dirty police work, there are some things Swedish Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander's never seen, and he finds the murder of an Ystad cab driver by two middle-class girls, one barely a teenager, impossible to accept, depressing enough to generate first-time thoughts of quitting. The meaninglessness of the crime, the girls' bland resistance to anything resembling guilt, has him projecting onto them a final breakdown of civility and everything that implies. "We live in a vulnerable society," he tells himself darkly. But the killing is not the uncomplicated act of savagery it seemed at the outset. It turns out to have links to other cold-blooded murders and beyond them to the kind of quintessential 21st-century conspiracy a traditional cop-even one as skilled as Wallander-isn't equipped to plumb. He can only conclude dispiritedly that "we're hunting electronic elk." Even out of his depth, though, Wallander still retains an unquenchable curiosity wrapped in a spirit of pure bulldog-a relentlessness that prevents crimes in his bailiwick, even those he doesn't understand, from going unsolved. Relying on help from unlikely sources and ad hoc alliances to shore up his acknowledged information-age shortcomings, he catches the perps, foils the conspirators, and brings all concerned to justice-though not before suffering painfully himself from betrayal, that most bitter and old-fashioned of crimes. Though the case is as overstuffed as you'd expect from exhaustive Mankell (The Fifth Woman, 2000, etc), resolute Wallander, lonely, unhappy, even at times desperate, is as magnetic as ever.
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"Well-paced...a thinking man's thriller." --The New York Times Book Review

“Satisfying…. [Mankell's] Sweden, cold, isolated and brimming with disappointment--is as intriguing a landscape as Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles or Charles Willeford's Miami." --The Wall Street Journal

“Wonderful! Police procedural with personal texture.” --Associated Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433225819
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Series: Kurt Wallander Series , #8
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Henning Mankell
Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell has written numerous Kurt Wallander mysteries. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes (including the UK’s Golden Dagger Award in 2000) and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. Born in a village in northern Sweden in 1948, Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he works as the director of Teatro Avenida.

Biography

Henning Mankell was born in Stockholm in 1948. He is the author of many works of fiction, including the nine novels in the Kurt Wallander series. He has worked as an actor, theatre director, and manager in Sweden and in Mozambique -- where he is now head of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo.

Author biography courtesy of The Random House Group.

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    1. Hometown:
      Mozambique, Africa
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Stockholm, Sweden
    1. Education:
      Folkskolan Elementary Shool, Sveg; Högre Allmäna Läroverket, Borås

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Mankell's mastery

    I am a fan of Kurt Wallender and appreciate Mankell's methodical and thorough narrative. This is not a fast read, but a great read. I like knowing the case from Wallender's perspective and find his character flawed yet endearing. Firewall is about coincidences and conclusions wrapped up in computer terrorism. I am as unknowledgeable as Wallender when it comes to technology, but was able to keep up with him and the elements of the mystery as it unfolded. Mankell doesn't force all of the pieces together and keeps suspense building. I was introduced to Kurt Wallender on PBS Masterpiece Mystery, and enjoy the episodes, but they don't come close to Mankell's own mastery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    another thrilling book from Mankill have read all 8 now... each is different but somewhat alike... he drags you into the plot so well.. and always keeps you wondering how these different characters will come to gether..

    Learn alot about computers in this one.. Henning is great with his continued characters in each book// It is so much better to have read all in sucession which i did/// our family passed them aroumnd after each reading.. we all could read 8 more ...Have watched the tv series of this book.. while it is good but one has to read the book to really understand the whole plot/// Firewall is a cant put down read..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    Great Read!

    This is the best mystery book that I have ever read! It was a great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Could not put it down!

    Just finished reading the German version 'Die Brandmauer', and it certainly was fascinating. Not just a mystery but captures human emotions/interactions real well. I was impressed.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Excellent

    I got hooked on the Wallander series awhile back and I think this is his best.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    Henning Mankell does it again and again! Love it!

    If you haven't started reading all of the Kurt Wallander Series by Henning Mankell, now is the time to start. Wonderfully human and involved plots where you can not guess "who done it" beforehand. Translation is seamless as well.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    the best

    the best

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