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The Blue Nowhere

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  7,802 Ratings  ·  510 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 2001)
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Simon Mcleish
Jan 24, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2012 Jerod rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite Jeffrey Deaver Novel.
Oct 17, 2012 ReaderSP rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 10, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
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 Of course, the use of floppy disks is rather outdated!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.
Oct 07, 2014 Leslynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even when it's not Lincoln Rhyme, it's a marvelous, captivating story!
Laura Rash
Jul 21, 2016 Laura Rash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deaver can spin a tale like no other! I'd forgotten how much I like his books. A crazy book about computer hackers & control they could have over people's lives. Excellent, edge of your seat read!
Jul 23, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 06, 2007 Karen rated it did not like it

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
Asghar Abbas
Dec 31, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it

An exceptionally excellent standalone.

Gerald Camp
Jan 15, 2011 Gerald Camp rated it liked it
Worst Deaver I've read. Plotting fair, but too much expository filler, and all the "social engineering" stuff was annoying.
Mar 25, 2017 Corey rated it really liked it
A great edge-of-your-seat cyberspace thriller by Deaver!

The Blue Nowhere is about a psychotic computer hacker who goes by the name of Phate, who hacks into people's computer databases, invading their personal lives, posing as another being and leading his victims to their deaths. Now with the Police Computer Crimes Unit on the case, run by Homicide Detective Frank Bishop, they temporarily release former hacker Wyatt Gillette from prison to assist them in hunting down Phate.

As good as the book w
Nov 15, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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
Sep 18, 2012 Aries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Apr 14, 2017 Ron rated it really liked it
More twists than a Kentucky back road. Lots of technical information that will scare you to go on line. I am new to Jeffery Deaver and a little behind the techno curve for this novel, but it was a page turner. Pebble recommended Deaver. I have read 3 and working on another one. Thanks Pebble.
John Blair
Apr 21, 2016 John Blair rated it did not like it
Absolutely horrendous. A very good premise, decent plot, with good pacing, but a technical thriller that 15-20% of the technical details are completely, ridiculously, and very very obviously wrong. See my comment. And a phishing attack is not "searching the Web for details on someone. Holy crap, there was stuff like this every 2nd or third page! Being written in 2001 is not an excuse for blatantly over the top technical blunders. Fuzzy graphics mean someone has remoted into you pc. You didnt kno ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Leew49 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 06, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2013 Mutia rated it really liked it
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Aug 06, 2011 Yelena rated it did not like it
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.
Aug 21, 2007 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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.
Ashish Jaituni
Feb 15, 2016 Ashish Jaituni rated it really liked it
Chilling! Scary! Cybercrime! What machines can do?! Even though it was written a few years ago! It is good reading! The plot is good. I enjoyed reading it.
Linda Kidd
Mar 19, 2016 Linda Kidd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great suspense, twists and turns. Very good book.
Sep 07, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
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.
Nov 26, 2011 Duk3r rated it it was amazing
Excellent read for every geek. A little bit outdated (published in 2001) but still a must.
A good serial killer intriguer that centers around cracking and the blue nowhere (cyberspace).
Rick Howard
Jun 09, 2012 Rick Howard rated it really liked it
Deaver is best known in literary circles as a crime novelist but I recognized his name from the mostly forgettable movie that Hollywood made out of his book, “The Bone Collector” that stared Denzel Washington and a young Angelina Jolie back in 1999. He is not normally associated with technical thrillers or cyber punk stories, but he turned his writing skills in this book to a manhunt type story where the serial killer the cops are looking for is also a world-class hacker. When the detectives rea ...more
Teresa Dennis
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Lana Billman
Although he does make great efforts to educate the reader on the acronyms, technology, and lingo I felt that he went way overboard in doing so. It seemed that so many of these were used and I kept being told what each one was by a character - it took away from the read as a whole. The whole plot was intriguing despite some of it seeming to be too far out there to really be believable and those two together are what I didn't enjoy and lowered my rating.
JIM  Reynolds
Jun 16, 2017 JIM Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deaver at t his best

Deaver at his best this story had more twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out he throws another curve at you. Really enjoyed this book. I'm not saying much about this story but after reading it you will realize how much we depend on computers and you may be wary about what you post online. A very enjoyable read.
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