- Series: Kurt Wallander Mysteries
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: New Press, The; Translation edition (November 7, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565847679
- ISBN-13: 978-1565847675
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 209 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mysteries) Hardcover – November 7, 2002
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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.
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Exquisite. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
Mankell's Inspector Wallander has established himself as one of the best of recent detectives. -- The Times Literary Supplement [London]
Remember Kurt Wallander. -- Booklist starred review
Wonderful! Police procedural with personal texture. -- The Associated Press
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In "Firewall" the Ystad police force is up against a tough case this time and Wallander finds himself in an area that he doesn't know hardly anything about: cyberspace. He barely knows how to turn on a computer much less break through a highly protected system of computers that are connected from Sweden to other parts of the world. A plan for a catastrophic worldwide event is going to happen if they can't break the case.
A man who suddenly dies at an ATM machine and the brutal murder of a cab driver by two teenage girls seem unrelated until Wallander figures out that the two incidents may be related in an important way. This case will test Wallander's skills, thinking and performance as a police officer at a time when an adversary is trying to break him down. This is a very difficult case for the entire Ystad police department.
I was delighted by this page turner and since I have only a few more to read in the series, I'll be disappointed when it ends. This is a series that might have to be read over again.
This crime is a threat to our world today - our dependence on technology and vulnerable it makes us, The crime is solved. However, it ends with the fact that the threat is still there - it is ongoing and we will need to deal with it on a daily basis. Most of us do not realize that the threat is there - technology makes us at risk