Firewall (Kurt Wallander Series #8)

Firewall (Kurt Wallander Series #8)

by Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg

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An international bestseller: Murder becomes a high tech game of cat and mouse in this “thinking man’s thriller” from the master of Nordic noir (The New York Times Book Review).
Ystad, Sweden. A man stops at an ATM during his evening walk and inexplicably falls to the ground dead. Two teenage girls brutally murder a taxi driver. They are quickly apprehended, shocking local policemen with their complete lack of remorse. A few days later a blackout cuts power to a large swath of the country. When a serviceman arrives at the malfunctioning power substation, he makes a grisly discovery.
Inspector Kurt Wallander senses these events must be linked, but he has to figure out how and why. The search for answers eventually leads him dangerously close to a group of anarchic terrorists who hide in the shadows of cyberspace. Somehow, these criminals always seem to know the police department’s next move. How can a small group of detectives unravel a plot designed to wreak havoc on a worldwide scale? And will they solve the riddle before it’s too late?
A riveting police procedural about our increasing vulnerability in the modern digitized world, Firewall “proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling . . . A notable success” (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595586131
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/07/2002
Series: Kurt Wallander Series , #8
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 50,640
File size: 705 KB

About the Author

Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted for television as a BAFTA Award–winning BBC series starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell was awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize, among many others. He divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.


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. 20 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.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kurt Wallander is a Swedish detective trying to solve a series of mysterious deaths. At first the only common factor is the time frame in which these people died. A man falls dead after using an ATM, a cab driver is beaten to death, and someone has apparently committed suicide at a power station all within a matter of days. But, as the investigation continues pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Somehow the picture reveals an absurd terrorist plot.What makes Firewall so entertaining is Kurt Wallander's personality. He is a short tempered detective, good at what he does but not as great at being a divorced dad to his near adult daughter. She finds him overbearing and lonely. I found Wallander and his Swedish police work very strange. For starters, Wallander is accused of not doing things by the book and for the most part those accusations hold true. Over and over he considers sharing information about the various investigations with his colleagues but over and over again he finds reasons not to. Also, computers connected to the crimes aren't confiscated, potential witnesses and suspects aren't detained for questioning, and despite rooms being searched several times, key evidence is not discovered right away. Case in point: an office was searched several times and yet Wallander finds a postcard under a computer keyboard days later. I found some parts of Firewall predictable. Wallander is single. At his daughter's urging he joins a dating service. Within days he gets a letter from a potential match. Right away I knew this "response" was trouble, for the letter is slid under his door - no return address or postmark. Wouldn't Wallander have read how the service works and wouldn't he have found a nondescript letter without a postmark a little suspect?All in all Firewallwas a good vacation read. It was fast paced and highly entertaining.
bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a while since I read a Wallander, though I've read the start of the series that features Wallander's daughter, Linda. This was my first Wallander as an audio book, and the first thing javaczuk and I noticed was that we've been saying the name wrong -- we got the initial sound right, but it was more a matter of putting the accent on the wrong syllable. But, I'm teachable, if nothing else, and I now say it correctly (or at least as the audio book did) 90% of the time.Once again, Mankell did a masterful job. One of the things I like about his books is that he gives an amazing amount of details, though not all are needed to really wrap up the case. I did have a hard time thinking Wallander was "old" (he's 5 years younger than I am in this story), and I'd forgotten his temper. And the fact that life has sped ahead in terms of technology from the time this book was set was something I had to shelve while listening. But still, it was a good ear-read, particularly on a long car trip. We both enjoy this genre so it made for successful audio-harmony for the journey.
idiotgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Audiobook. Another enjoyable mystery. This one takes advantage, among other things, of the time of year. October and a central even is a power outage--not an insignificant event in Sweden in October. This one focuses on internet and international banking--timely. But this is set in late 1990s--a world away in terms of internet and banking. So the distance and the similarities were interesting. The narrative here is similar to that of Fifth Woman, the other Wallendar book I read. Focusing at various times on the different people involved in the "mystery", including the bad guys. Meditation in a way on chance. It turns out the events of this book are set in place not by a murder but by a heart attack (that's what it turns out to be though that is in question as well during part of the story). The book also continues engagement with the Swedish politics. An enjoyable series.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel moves Wallander into the mysterious spheres of high-grade computer hacking, and international finance. A group of computer geniuses want to transfer wealth from the rich countries to the poor, but in so doing they will destroy the world's banking system. As usual, a compulsive read, but it didn't grab me quite so completely as the books that focus more on character.
KatherineGregg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Each Wallander book gets better the more I get into the series. I'm reading them in order and unfortunately I think that I'm nearing the end. Wallander is approaching 50 and the wear and tear of the detective business is forcing an early retirement. His daughter, Linda, will continue his good work once she finishes the police academy. Although cell phones are used, searching for information via the Internet was not as prevalent in the late 1990s. I'm enjoying reading about the low tech days of police detective work.
cdeuker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My third Henning Mankell book, and my least favorite. Plot concerns a cyber-terrorist attack on the global financial system. Wallander remains an interesting character, far more human than most detective heroes. But the plot is humdrum, the denouement humdrum, and there are far too many red herrings. Example, a young girl (murderess, avenging her rape by killing the rapist's father!) escapes. Later she turns up fried to a crisp in an electrical substation. Why? Mankell says "we never figured that out." Pretty poor.
sfeggers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of this author before but it got a high recommendation from a family member. It was a great read with good characters and a fast-moving and interesting plot.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Number eight in the Wallander series (which, personally, I hope Mankell never stops writing), It's a year after the events of the previous book (One Step Behind), and the story opens with the death of a computer consultant just after making a withdrawal from his ATM. As the team begins its investigation into his death, two young girls in a taxi beat and stab the driver to death. The girls are arrested, and claim they killed the driver for the money, which as it turns out, wasn't very much for their trouble. As Wallander tries to sort everything out, events occur which lead him and his crack Ystad police team come to realize that these two events were not random occurrences at all, and that they are part of a much bigger and more threatening picture. And time is running out. The action in Firewall never lets up. Mankell has delivered yet another excellent Wallander adventure here, although I must admit that while the storyline is plausible, it's a bit over the top. Barring that minor drawback, Firewall is excellent, and I'm amazed how well Mankell manages to continue to portray Wallander as a real person with real-world problems and personal issues. He doesn't skimp on the supporting characters, either, and the core plotline is absolutely diabolical. Mankell is one of my favorite authors, and as long as he keeps writing, I'll keep buying. Highly recommended for Scandinavian mystery fans, and to readers of more hard-edge mysteries as well. Do not start with this book as your first Wallander experience, however, because Wallander is someone that you really want to take time to get to know as a character. Overall -- it's a great read. It's a bit over the top, but still a fast-paced and very edgy mystery novel that will keep you glued to the pages.
hfineisen on LibraryThing 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.
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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