Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Blue Nowhere” as Want to Read:
The Blue Nowhere
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Blue Nowhere

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  6,275 ratings  ·  422 reviews
His code name is Phate -- a sadistic computer hacker who infiltrates people's computers, invades their lives, and with chilling precision lures them to their deaths.

To stop him, the authorities free imprisoned former hacker Wyatt Gillette to aid the investigation. Teamed with old-school homicide detective Frank Bishop, Gillette must combine their disparate talents to catc
Paperback, 430 pages
Published May 9th 2001 by Coronet Books (Hachette) (first published January 1st 2001)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Blue Nowhere, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Blue Nowhere

Ready Player One by Ernest ClineSnow Crash by Neal StephensonDaemon by Daniel SuarezNeuromancer by William GibsonCryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
14th out of 98 books — 311 voters
The Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonAngels & Demons by Dan BrownThe Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg LarssonThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
471st out of 2,090 books — 2,743 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in October 2002.

Jeffrey Deaver may usually be a writer of traditional thrillers, but with The Blue Nowhere he joins the small group of authors who can convincingly depict the world of the computer hacker (Neal Stephenson and William Gibson being the best known of the others).

The basic plot of The Blue Nowhere is a computerised version of the Eddie Murphy film 48 Hours; a hacker is let out of prison to help the LAPD Computer Crimes Unit track down another hack
Probably my favorite Jeffrey Deaver Novel.
Cyberspace thriller pretty accurate, complex & pleasing plot...

This was our first book by Deaver, so we had no background of his apparently pretty good list of best sellers to influence our thoughts on this one. But the sheer joy of the story, with some incredible twists here and there, kept us entertained throughout. Based on a reference from a friend who knew of our lengthy career in real computer mainframes, we were afraid the computer terminology might be at the 4th grade level or else
This was the first book by this author that I have read after a work colleague recommended it to me about 2 years ago. Having finally got round to reading it, I found myself really enjoying it. It is a very, very scary look at the world for cyberspace and IT in general. I work in IT and it scared me a lot!
The story's main character is Gillette who is hacker. He starts off the book in prison for hacking into the Department of Defence computers and allegedly running a piece of software that could
The most amusing thing about reading this book in 2011 is that it's ten years old and most, if not all, of the computer-based science and hacking and Internet lingo used by the characters is now outdated. Still, Deaver writes well, and his characters show some depth. Wyatt Gillette, a hacker, is sprung from prison to help a task force find and capture a hacker known only as Phate. Apparently Wyatt and Phate were partners and friends at one time, but Phate has lost sight of reality and has begun ...more
I really enjoyed this book, so many years after it was published. Even though technology is advancing so rapidly in our time, this book still feels relevant. Of course, the use of floppy disks is rather outdated! But Deaver created a protagonist that I really liked, and an extremely formidable antagonist, which greatly contributed to the story. As you would expect of a Deaver novel, it is full of twists and turns, and it will keep you hooked to the last page.
Computers are everything to Wyatt Gillette, but because of computers the brilliant hacker has lost everything: his job, his marriage, his freedom. Locked away in a California prison, Gillette is approached by Detectives Bishop and Shelton of the Computer Crimes Unit. Another hacker (or "cracker" in the terminology of the times, i.e. someone who hacks with criminal intent rather than for the sheer joy of it) going only by the online handle "Phate" is using a powerful program of his own creation c ...more
The " nowhere" represents online space, that world of electrons that hackers and unline freaks lose themselves in. It' a nifty metaphor and Deaver handles the technical details of this novel very well — at least as far as I could tell. A brilliant programmer, a cracker (someone who breaks into another computer to do damage as opposed to a hacker who just breaks in to poke around for the thrill of beating the system) is killing people and the Computer Crimes Unit relaizes they are in way over the ...more
Thriller di Jeffrey Deaver stavolta non incentrato sui "soliti" Lincoln Rhyme ed Amelia Sachs, bensì su personaggi nuovi e con un'ambientazione piuttosto inusuale per l'autore: gli Hacker e, soprattutto, i Cracker.Quindi, riassumendo, abbiamo un thriller di Jeffrey Deaver per di più con ambientazione informatica: potevo resistere? Assolutamente no, ovvio, e devo dire che ne sono estremamente lieto, dato che si tratta del primo romanzo dell'autore che mi piace veramente pur non avendo i suddetti ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mike (the Paladin)
I was on a Jeffery Deaver kick a few years ago and being unable to find an unread Lincoln Rhyme novel (one of which later ended my obsessive reading of Mr. Deaver's work)I was forced to get something else from the library. The result was that i read this computer showdown thriller.

This is a good story, a "page tuner" as they say and my major objections to fall in a couple of "small" areas. One, why is the hero of a computer thriller always a crook? Is every gifted "hacker type" unable to keep fr

This is one of those books I picked up a few years ago at a Friends of the Library booksale. Since I bought 2 boxes of books unseen, I am always pleased when one is from a known author.

But that makes no difference in this case. It's not Jeffrey Deaver's fault. The book was written in 2000, and is about cyber crime that leaks into the real world. Every "cyber" word used is described in excrutiating detail. By now, most of the terms aren't used anymore. Virtually every character is now a clich
Stopped reading once I hit page 18. I could not take it anymore, if I heard the word "Geek" or "Gangsta" one more time I was going to lose my sh^t.

Lara was the most obnoxious, unlikable, dumbest character I've had the displeasure of reading about since reading "Twilight" years ago. I couldn't wrap my head around a woman who's in her 30's (I assume?) talking like a grumpy 70 year old woman and stereotyping EVERYONE.

Basically this is how I read the 18 pages I suffered through:

"How dare that whipp
Max Read
“A computer/hacker based mystery thriller”

“The Blue Nowhere” was written by Jeffery Deaver, a contemporary and popular mystery writer. Mr. Deaver has written numerous novels, several of which were made into movies or television specials. This book is of the mystery thriller genre of fictional literature.

The novel was written using an anonymous narrator and character dialog interspersed throughout the composition. The writing is straight forward, not complex, and should be acceptable to a wide au
The story is about two brilliant Hackers. One who calls himself PHATE, turned serial murderer, to whom the real world and the deadly computer game he is playing have fused in to one. He plays God and decides the fate of his victims. The other, Wyette Gillete, already in prison for cracking in to the highest security sites has been banned from going on line at all……he is sprung out of prison by the desperate authorities in an attempt to track down Phate.
Will he help out so that he could get hims
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Jeffery Deaver is notorious for his treatment of serial killers, maniacal killers and other kinds of killers, and his books are usually a collection of twists and turns, where the reader constantly tries to outguess the author about these, but fails. His famous books are those that involve the forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme, who is a sort fo Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century, trying to solve strange crimes although he is a quadriplegic confined to his bed.

However, Deaver has also written a lot
Where state of the art computer hackers download information onto floppy disks and are easily identified by their calloused fingertips from all that keyboard pounding. As for the internet, it’s a ruinous addition for the socially inept. A narrative that is clichéd, contrived, with outdated technology and any lack of authenticity from the author.
I have to admit, although some of the technicalities of the book seemed to go on a bit, I really enjoyed reading. A mix of information and suspense, and I like the way Deaver makes you feel that you know everything, but then smacks you round the head with a big plot twist.
I do have a couple of critcisms though. I felt that the book was at times 'too crowded' with characters. I kept having to reread to remind myself who these people were (except the main ones of course), as they are essential to
Ayu Ikhwani
I actually wanna give it a 4.5 star but Goodreads limits the stars to be whole ones.

The words on the back of the book were the ones that drew me to this book. To imagine a total stranger knows everything about you, I mean EVERYTHING, just to kill you in the end.

So this book was set in 2002 or somewhere near there. Internet security then might not be as good as now (or rather, users nowadays have more awareness on it). What I'd really like it to have kids (and some adults I know too) read this bo
This book was ok, it was an easy read, mildly entertaining. It was a little predictable. It was a mystery based on internet crimes but some of the lingo felt old school so the book is a bit dated and sometimes I felt the author was over explaining the technical aspects.
I really enjoyed this one. I've found Deaver a bit hit and miss, but this one, albeit a bit dated to read a technological book ten years on, was fantastic imho. I found the 'journey' through this book riveting and the 13 or so audible hours flew by.

I liked the twists and the pace of the story, and found the characters well developed and found myself more engrossed in this book than I've been for a while. I also enjoyed Deaver's XO which showed a good lot of research in to the world of music jus
Jake M
Jeffery Deaver's book, The Blue Nowhere a nonstop thrilling novel, is about a hacker called Phate who uses a program called Trapdoor to enter into people’s computers, then using their information he finds to horrifically murder them, when he kills someone he gives a himself points based on how hard the kill was. The main character Frank Bishop first heard about this case after a vicious killing that this man had performed using a computer to set her up. Therefore because of this the Computer Cri ...more
Patrick Tomfohrde
The Blue Nowhere is about a hacker who is brought out of prison to help catch a serial killer, who is also a hacker. The police department and Gillette, the first hacker, were going nowhere with their investigations, and everywhere they went was a trap until the finally got a strong lead. I can't tell you if they find Phate because that would ruin the story, but It gets really interesting at this point.

I had never read anything by Deaver before this, so I didn't know what to expect with this bo
Gerald Camp
Worst Deaver I've read. Plotting fair, but too much expository filler, and all the "social engineering" stuff was annoying.
The best suspense novel I have ever read... of course it helped that it's set where John and I have lived for many years.
Excellent read for every geek. A little bit outdated (published in 2001) but still a must.
P.A. Gardinali
Dated, but the shelf life of the technothriller is inevitably short. the problem is that this novel is incredibly awkward, and the reader has to step around unending infodumps delivered by a cast of cardboard characters.The plot is an amusing but arbitrary chess game: anything is possible, anything can happen if justified with some technobabble. The climax is so unbelievable that I'd still be laughing if the schmaltzy dénouement did not hurt my stomach so badly. This might as well be the worstDe ...more
Barbara ★
Wyatt Gillette, hacker extraordinaire, is temporarily released from prison to help in a murder investigate with the California State Police Computer Crimes Unit (CCU). Serial killer, Phate, is also a very gifted hacker who has left reality behind and is bringing a computer game to the real world. THe idea of the game is to kill as many people as possible in a weeks time. The only catch is that the people must be very secure and basically untouchable. As each kill is completed, the next victim mu ...more
A cracker called Phate has found a way to invade people's computers, taking every piece of information about them from the machine and is then using it to murder them horrifically. The Crimes Computer Unit bring in Wyatt Gillette, a hacker that's in prison, to help them try and find Phate, but the Blue Nowhere is big, and Phate is determined to stay hidden...

This is the first Deaver I've read, but I knew from other people's reviews of him that he would be someone I'd love, and I was right. I was
Eine junge Frau wird erstochen aufgefunden und sehr schnell stellt sich heraus, dass der Mörder praktisch alles über sie durch Social Engineering herausgefunden hat - alles deutet darauf hin, dass hinter dem ganzen Coup ein Computergenie steckt. Die Polizei macht sich auf in das Gefängnis von San Jose, um einen zu einer mehrjährigen Haftstrafe verurteilten Hacker herauszuholen, der sie auf der Suche unterstützen soll. Doch das Morden geht weiter, für den Täter ist es ein Spiel - er spielt ein ge ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Blue Nowhere 4 43 Jul 29, 2012 12:13PM  
  • Fuori da un evidente destino
  • Piece Of My Heart (Inspector Banks, #16)
  • Messiah
  • Death Message (Tom Thorne, #7)
  • Dead Hunt (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #5)
  • Gravity
  • The Last Temptation (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #3)
  • Blackout
  • The Chameleon's Shadow
  • A Garden Of Vipers (Carson Ryder, #3)
  • Irresistible
  • Flesh and Blood (Alex Delaware, #15)
  • Den döende detektiven
  • Tod und Teufel
  • The Exile
  • Il lato sinistro del cuore: (Quasi) Tutti i racconti
  • The Executor
  • Nathan's Run
Jeffery Deaver was born outside of Chicago in 1950. His father was an advertising copywriter and his mother was a homemaker. Deaver worked as a magazine writer, then, to gain the background needed to become a legal correspondent for The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, he enrolled at Fordham Law School. In 1990 he started to write full time. Deaver has been nominated for six Edgar Awards fro ...more
More about Jeffery Deaver...
The Bone Collector (Lincoln Rhyme, #1) The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme, #2) The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rhyme, #3) The Vanished Man (Lincoln Rhyme, #5) The Broken Window (Lincoln Rhyme, #8)

Share This Book