Firewall (Kurt Wallander #8)
Seventh in the Kurt Wallander series.
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 w...more
His protege, Martinsson, the man he trained in the way his mentor Ryberg trained him, the man he k ...more
Firewall: Any of a number of security schemes that prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to a computer network or that monitor transfers of information. What an appropriate title for this book, in more ways than one. First of all, the main area of investigation centers on trying to break through the firewall protection systems on the computer of a dead man. The police have reason to believe that a program in the computer may be set to cause some kind of destruction. The word "firewall" ...more
The story is not idealized, it shows the police as human beings, flawed to the core, struggling with everyday problems of their own and drudging ...more
The story has its weak points though, e.g. the reason for the perpetrators to go to such great lengths in providing clues for the police to link the two deaths in never adeq ...more
I have not read any other crime novels so I have nothing to judge it against, except my taste on novels: sticking to facts, dry Scandi humor, a solid case with references to the real world and current events, and building suspense = We have a winner!
I really enjoyed this book and I can see why Mankell became so famous ...more
Henning Mankell has a virtually flawless writing style. There were two points later on in the novel where there was just one too many plot twists to be bearable, but the conceit held and the tension became palpable.
I always dig into a Wallander novel expecting a good read, but Mankell surprises me again with the environments that he creates. I have no idea if Malmo and Ystad are really as he describes in the novel, and the only way to find out is to visit these places. The ...more
This crime is relatively twisted and complex, but I didn't find the ending as exciting as other crime novels, hence the 4 star rating.
The investigator at the forefront of the story is Kurt Wallander, which I found ...more
Wallander believes he is the mos ...more
Dies ist der Abschluss der Wallanderreihe, wenngleich nicht das letzte Buch, da es noch die Kurzgeschichten in "Wallanders erster Fall" gibt. Zur Geschichte: Zwei Teenie-Girls ermorden einen Taxifahrer und geben als sie gefasst werden an, es wäre wegen des Geldes gewesen. Ein Computerfachmann wird tot vor einem Geldautomaten gefunden und wenngleich es so scheint als wäre es ein natürlicher Tod gewesen verdichten sich die Hinweise, dass irgend etwas ganz und gar nicht stim ...more
Once again, Mankell ...more
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 th ...more
Two seemingly unconnected crimes have far reaching consequences and things get more confusing as the bodies pile up. For the most part this is a compulsive thriller that keeps the reader constantly on edge, but as the plot moves forward maybe s ...more
And, while trying not to sound too prudish, I have to admit that I enjoyed the complete absence of any profanity. Not one word. How unusual.
Although the story is somewhat weak, predictable and outdate, Mankell's writing is always quite entertaining. His characters are very well defined and I specially like his main character, his bitterness and perseverance ma ...more
These novels are so much polar opposites of current US-based crime dramas dripping with technical details - here the human element is the sine qua non. Even though this novel ponders the questions of of vulnerability to technology and how this might affect society and crime, here the computers themselves remai ...more
Mankell does an excellent job ...more
That's what living in China does for one's grip upon cultural developments.
My four-star rating is one I'd perhaps edge down rather than up, and I'm unclear what it is this particula ...more
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 m ...more
Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.