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Firewall (Kurt Wallander Series #8)

Firewall (Kurt Wallander Series #8)

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by Henning Mankell

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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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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.
From the Publisher
"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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Kurt Wallander Series , #8

Meet the Author

Henning Mankell is the internatinally acclaimed, bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander novels.  Mankell's novels have been translated into forty-five languages and have sold more than forty million copies worldwide. He was the first winner of the Ripper Award and also received the Glass Key and the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger, among other awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. During his life, Mankell divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he was artistic director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. He died in 2015.

Brief Biography

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

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Firewall (Kurt Wallander Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
marcopoloIL More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on the Wallander series awhile back and I think this is his best.
hfineisen More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best mystery book that I have ever read! It was a great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Firewall by Henning Mankell Translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg Firewall is the sixth Kurt Wallander book to appear in English. Although I have not read any of the five prior books, the writer spends the first few chapters getting the reader up to date as the book's narrator - Wallander from the third person point of view - give the reader a quick update. 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 - Sonja Högland and Eva Persson - brutally beat and stab a taxi driver - Johan Lundberg - to death. And a remarkably healthy man - Tynnes Falk - checks his bank balance at an ATM and then collapses dead on the sidewalk. Kurt Wallander, chief detective of the Ystad, Sweden police department starts investigating. After two more odd murders - those of Sonja Högland and her boyfriend, Jonas Landhal - Wallander becomes convinced that the incidents are all connected. Two girls went out and had some beers, one of them, Eva, was underaged and should not have been served to begin with. They see an Asian man in the restaurant whose name was Fu Chang, but the American Express card he used proved to be false and untraceable. After a couple of hours the girls ordered a taxi and killed the driver, Johan Lundberg. They took his money and left separately to their homes. When picked by the police, they immediately confess, shared the blame and stated that the motive was money. The older girl, Sonja, took advantage of a lapse in security at the Ystad police station and escaped. Later, her burned corpse was found at the power substation outside Ystad. This station was an important link in the power distribution in southern Sweden and Sonja's death plunged most of the region of Scania into darkness. After this event, Eva Persson retracted her confession and changed her story. A parallel story unfolded at the same time. A divorced computer consultant by the name of Tynnes Falk cleaned his apartment one Sunday and then went for an evening walk. He was found dead in front of an ATM machine nearby. The autopsy report considered the death cause to be of natural causes, but his body was removed from the morgue and an electrical relay from the Ystad power station was left in its place. Falk's apartment was also robbed in conjunction with these events and at least a photograph and a diary were missing. The recurring clues led Wallander to formulate a theory that the vents were related. The clues are in Falk's computer, where a young teenage hacker by the name of Robert Modin finds out that a major and catastrophic event is set to happen on October 20th. Wallander and his team, have less than a week to connect the dots to save the world from a financial disaster due to the vulnerability of society in the electronic age. The book is a translation and I don't know how much of my dislike for it is because of this. The plot is very interesting, but the book has a slow pace. Wallander and his team are always meeting to discuss the particulars of the case and the writer spends a lot of time analyzing the facts in Wallander's head. Very repetitive and quite tedious. The writer also likes to tell the story - very little showing - and lacks the perspective of different points of view and dialogue - both of which would have made the book much more pleasant to read. I've read much better....
G-in-Canada More than 1 year ago
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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barbaraycoast More than 1 year ago
the best
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