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Firewall (Kurt Wallander #8)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  11,810 Ratings  ·  550 Reviews
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 why the girls murdered the cab driver ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1997)
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May 10, 2013 Brad rated it really liked it
This book made me feel sick to my stomach. Not because it was too gory or because what was written disagreed with me in a philosophical way, but because I have grown to care about Kurt Wallander over the eight books I've read -- maybe even seeing a bit of myself in him -- and it's in this book that he is most under siege, and that feeling of being under attack was the feeling that made me feel ill.

His protege, Martinsson, the man he trained in the way his mentor Ryberg trained him, the man he k
Dec 13, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Inspector Kurt Wallender and his detectives are looking into two incidents: the brutal murder of a cab driver by two teenage girls, Sonya Hokberg and Eva Persson; and the death, seemingly from a heart attack, of computer expert Tynnes Falk near an ATM machine.

Events escalate when Sonya escapes police custody and is found dead in the works of a power station during a power blackout. Coincidentally, the blueprints of the power station are found on Falk's desk. Clearly, these cases are connected s
Aug 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of chewy reads that take time
Recommended to Jennifer by: a large % of CLC's Biology Department
With each Kurt Wallander mystery I read, I'm more and more impressed with Mankell's ability to create a Swedish police procedural that pulls you in--no matter how dense the "procedural" aspects of the case are. Like the first book I read (Faceless Killers), this is no thriller with aspirations for movie-dom (you know the ones) though there are suspenseful moments. Instead, this is a layered, complex telling of two seemingly unrelated cases and how Wallander and his team slowly tease out the conn ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: gong farmers
Mankell's laziest, most hackish work yet, a pastiche of several other books in the series. At this point, I guess he could write them in his sleep. And probably did. Take elements of techno-terrorism or sabotage, Africa, disgruntled teens committing seemingly random crimes, mix, rearrange. He didn't even bother to tie up several loose ends in this one.
Apr 27, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2003-reads

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Satisfying police procedural featuring detective Kurt Wallander in rural Sweden. This is the 8th in a series of 11 and my first experience with the author. A case of two teen aged girls who brutally murder a cab driver and confess with no remorse that it was simply for money leads Wallender to look closer. Another case of a computer consultant dying of apparent natural causes at a cash machine provides an early hint that he was planning something socially disruptive. From this slow start, Wallen ...more
Eva Lorenz
Jan 13, 2012 Eva Lorenz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first got exposed to Wallander and Mankell through the PBS mystery series and got immediately hooked because I used to gobble up books by Sjoewall and Wahloo. Let me say upfront, if you like realistic, modern crime drama that does not paint routine policy work as a series of great inspirations and glorified thoughts, these books are definitely for you.
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
Daníel Freyr Jónsson
Firewall is a well thought out and well written crime novel. Kurt Wallander is a bit of an anti-hero but it's easy to feel compassion for him. In this book he's investigating a murder committed by two teenage girls that soon become linked to the death of a man that apparently died of natural causes in front of an ATM machine.
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
Teresa Lukey
There is no doubt that the Scandinavian crime novels I have read thus far fail to disappoint. After reading Stieg Larsson and now my first Henning Mankell, either the Swed's are really creative in creating some really messed up situations or Sweden is a pretty messed up place to live.

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
May 03, 2013 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
I have come to the conclusion that Kurt Wallander is a lousy policeman and detective. He continuously snarls at his team, "I don't care! Do what I say!", he doesn't tell his team OR is supervisor key points in an investigation, he sneaks around behind everyone's back, he has anger management issues, chronic depression, and harasses people at 3am in the morning because he wants the answer NOW but then is irritated when someone calls him in the middle of the night.

Wallander believes he is the mos
Jonathan Lin
Jan 05, 2015 Jonathan Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First pass at a review.

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
Kurt Wallander's life is a mirror of the bleak Swedish landscape. With each book in this series, he seems to continue his dysfunctional personal downward spiral while still successfully solving increasingly horrific cases. Over 50, living alone, long divorced and in no relationship, his father now deceased, his daughter off on her own, diabetic and in poor health, in Firewall Wallander takes on two seemingly unrelated, sleep-depriving cases in the midst of mistrust and betrayal by his department ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Margarida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primeiro, estranhei a narrativa lenta, as frases curtas, muitas delas, demasiado, e os pensamentos do solitário Wallander a dominarem (sem serem em itálico, o que me confundiu durante muito tempo). Nos primeiros livros, a edição era má, mas nos últimos, felizmente, melhorou bastante.
Este policial, o penúltimo livro de KW, foi escrito em 1998, mas publicado apenas em 2008 em Portugal. Por conseguinte, está um pouco datado (as disquetes há muito que se encontram extintas), mas os conceitos de vuln
Elayne Isaacs
Jan 06, 2015 Elayne Isaacs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense, and intense. I find this character flawed and insecure enough to make him reader friendly. Well plotted and just complex enouth.
Ubik 2.0
Jan 19, 2017 Ubik 2.0 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-book
L’indagine come un puzzle

Proprio come molti amano rilassarsi, cimentarsi e, perché no?, divertirsi con la tecnica e l’arte del puzzle e almeno altrettanti ne disdegnano l’idea stessa, non potendo immaginare un modo meno proficuo di impiegare il tempo, così si dividono i fans di Henning Mankell e i suoi assoluti detrattori, che giudicano le indagini dell’ispettore Wallander insopportabilmente noiose, lente e ripetitive.

Mi rendo conto che il parallelismo puzzle/indagine è scontato e soprattutto pu
Dec 14, 2008 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Brandmauer = Firewall :)

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
Nancy Oakes
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 th
Feb 22, 2010 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, well-plotted, smart and gloomy. This is my first Wallander and, although I will read the others, that last adjective means I wouldn’t want to line up a number of these books back to back. I think that wouldn’t be good for one’s mental well-being.

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
Aug 28, 2016 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Low-tech Wallander deals with high-tech crimes again. This one had a lot of different themes mixed together, including ties to Africa, global financial markets, murders of and by teens, police turncoats, etc. The mixture felt a bit overwhelming to the story – there was just too much going on, and things got left out in the explanations. This is a new, healthier Wallander, losing weight. Still, they can’t knock out all the issues Wallander has, so you get the grumbling complaints, as well as some ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Firewall. # 8 in the series by Henning Mankell featuring Kurt Wallander. Wallander and team investigate several seemingly unrelated deaths. Poor Kurt is betrayed several times in this one. One of his colleagues tells Kurt that he “has lost his grip”. I’m not so sure that that assessment is not correct, both in his personal life and his professional one. Wallander seems particularly crabby and perhaps a little desperate in this story. It does almost seem like it is time for him to pack it up. ...more
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
Feb 04, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it
Well, well, well. A completely different story / crime but trying to link everything together was a bit of work. Mankell tries to throw in a South Africa connection and it kind of works but barely at the end of this story which seemed rushed to me. However, getting toward the last quarter of the story, it gets a bit tedious and I longed for the end. There were no only odd things that occurred with the series of 'events' but also odd things occurring with the relationships of the police officers ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Elsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some reviewers insist that the cases occupying Kurt Wallander's time got more obvious and his criminals two-dimensional with every new case. I disagree, but that isn't why I've loved this series so much. It's that with every new novel, I've been given another chance to look into the aging detective's heart. He feels too much, eats too much, sleeps too little, exercises not at all and, for the most part, seems flummoxed by the most mundane details of his life. And yet I can't helping loving this ...more
Patrick Sherriff
Nov 23, 2015 Patrick Sherriff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-and-such
I love the Kurt Wallander character, maybe because as I slip deeper into middle age, his world-weariness tinged with idealism that gives him only just enough strength to carry on are familiar aspects of life. With the author's death last month, I thought it was about time I read one of his Wallander mysteries. Firewall was the only one I have on my shelves. I think it's the eighth outing and I might hazard a guess that it's not his best. Written at a time when the Y2K bug was considered a real t ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After two teenage girls murder a taxi driver with a hammer and a knife (who said Sweden wasn't violent?) and a man falls dead in front of an ATM machine, Wallender discovers that both events are intertwined with a worldwide conspiracy to bring the economic world down to a halt.

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
Heather Fineisen
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 to ...more
Jul 19, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another finely woven, taughtly drawn thriller from Mankell. Mystery and suspense again do not fail to entertain, and Wallander becomes more morose, yet more likeable as he enters his 50's.
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
Mark Robison
Stieg Larsson said this detective series influenced him on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” The book has got computer hacking and rape revenge, plus a fair amount of social commentary about world financial markets, so you can see the connections. But this is the weakest of the eight Detective Wallender books I’ve read, in my opinion. Lots of interesting ideas but they just don’t hang together very well. Plus there’s one obvious twist Wallender never should've fallen for. Bechdel test: fail. Gr ...more
This is the last novel featuring Kurt Wallander as the main character. Mankell has written another book but with Linda Wallander as the lead character. In this last novel, we follow Wallander has he battles a group determined to bring new order to the world through chaos. Homicidal teenagers, back stabbing coworker, all the while battling his own loneliness and despair. Again a very tight plot where the moods and emotional health of the character are what makes you read along.
Barbara Backus
Jun 14, 2015 Barbara Backus rated it really liked it
Henning Mankell joins my list of the Scandinavian writers I enjoy who know how to create well developed and interesting plots with excellent characterizations. His fine writing makes this book a must-read for anyone who loves a good mystery. I had not read any previous Detective Kurt Wallender mysteries but it didn't seem to matter.

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.
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Henning Mankell was an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He was best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell split his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He was married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
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Other Books in the Series

Kurt Wallander (10 books)
  • Faceless Killers (Kurt Wallander, #1)
  • The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander, #2)
  • The White Lioness (Kurt Wallander, #3)
  • The Man Who Smiled (Kurt Wallander, #4)
  • Sidetracked (Kurt Wallander, #5)
  • The Fifth Woman (Kurt Wallander, #6)
  • One Step Behind
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