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Brannvegg (Kurt Wallander #8)

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Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man falls to the ground: dead. A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls who demonstrate a complete lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without trace. Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly dis...more
Published 2000 by Gyldendal (first published 1997)
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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...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
Aug 14, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Eva Lorenz
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Exciting. The only complaint I have is that, like a few other authors I've noticed recently, there were too many characters whose names begin with the same letter; in this particular case it was H: Hokberg, Hogstrom, Hoglund, Holgersson (notice that they all start with "HO"), and Hansson. I didn't have too much trouble telling them apart, but it makes me wonder why an author would do this-is it to make the reader slow down? I can't believe it's unintentional, since authors just have a list of ch...more
Lo reconozco: me costó algo meterme en harina. Tenía la sensación de no haberlo cogido en buen momento, que quizá debería haber esperado algo más para volver a embarcarme en otra historia de Wallander con casi 600 páginas. Pronto le cogí el punto y volví a enfrascarme en la historia de este sufrido poli sueco.

Como en otras novelas de la serie, Wallander se ve inmerso en una gran conjura internacional que consigue desbaratar en el último minuto con cierta dosis de acción.

En esta ocasión investiga...more
On the upside – Some of Mankell's books are worth reading and this is one of them. The suspense is good and the only time I want the book to end is when the crime has been solved.

On the flip side - None of the characters are likeable though the female detective would do well in a series featuring her as the main character. The police officers at times are so inept, this time falling for the same ruse that Wallander fell for in the last book in the series. Wallander again is impatient and angry....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.
Kurt was floundering in this one. He exhibits the usual blustery inability to admit he might be wrong, to keep others informed and to disclose his thoughts. He even endangers his own people, himself, and most importantly, those who are depending on him to protect them. He is easily led down garden paths and assumes the obvious in his personal life, which has consequences that are unhealthy for himself and those around him. He is beset by jealousy within his own detecting group and acts rashly in...more
I greatly enjoyed this (audio)book though I must admit a lot of it went over my head because a) I couldn't remember all the names which were so unfamiliar to me and b) the plot was so complex. That apart, I felt for poor Wallander who seemed to be losing his marbles a bit, forgetting things, not telling people to do important stuff, losing his rag with his colleagues and not informing his superiors of his actions. I've not read any of the Wallander series and I think this had a detrimental effec...more
Well done crime mystery. Despite outdated computer technology, the "firewall" image holds up as a plot device and as a character flaw to be overcome. I enjoyed the audio version in the end. Dick Hill is a good narrator, and really made the different voices come alive.
Find the Wallander books a bit hit and miss, Faceless Killers-Hit and Dogs of Riva-Miss. Firewall was a hit, complicated plot line, gruesome murders and shadowy characters.
A fairly fast paced, eay to read crime novel, but one which doesn't give away all it's secrets.
This is my least favourite of the Wallander books in the series so far. The storyline is based on internet technology as it was in 1999 and the book does not age well. It also had its fair share of unexplained events that leave the reader feeling a little hungry at the end. This is a common aspect of Mankells book and answers sometimes come in later books but this time there were far too many unexplained key events that made the ending rather predictable and tired when after such a long book no...more
Derek Baldwin
This one has been waiting to be read for quite some while so that my memories of the outstanding adaptation starring Rolf Lassgård could fade. in fact there are enough departures from this text in the adaptation to make it feel really quite different. In some ways the plot is a protracted shaggy dog story which conveniently drives along a narrative in which the real story is Kurt's fragile mental state: his constant anxiety and anger is captured very effectively and at times quite movingly. I fo...more
This is another amazing Kurt Wallander mystery by Henning Mankell. A man is found dead next to a ATM machine. Next two young girls with no previous criminal record and without obvious intent, murder a taxi driver. It's Wallamder's responsibility to try to direct his homicide officers in resolving these mysteries that ultimately have international implications. At the same time his own staff is undermining his leadership,and he is searching for a companion to ease his loneliness. Like anything wr...more
Angel Luis
De lo más flojo que he leído de Mankell y Wallander. La trama está cogida por los pelos y la contextualización informática muy pobre.
My first Inspector Wallander book, but not my last. I like this talented, persistent, unwillingly dedicated and utterly flawed detective. I admired the complex plot line which I can't summarise at all, I don't think, without being guilty of a 'spoiler alert'. It really was impossible to follow this story without being gripped, at dead of night, and compelled to read more.It begins conventionally enough with a death at a cash point, and moves smoothly on to two teenage muggers who kill their taxi...more
Bev Taylor
another inspector wallander thrller

a quite frightening thriller depicting a crime that few decades ago would have seemed like s.f. but now is all too real

only had 2 questions -

why did they not follow up kalk's accountant sooner and look into the details

it was stated that wallander drew his gun and shot at the assailant. however in a previous paragraph he had been asked to thrown it down

my only slight niggle is that mankell seems obsessed with telling the time.,even gets pm an dam muddled but...more
Rog Harrison
I read three of the books in this series earlier this year and was not particularly impressed but when I saw this one in the library I thought I would give it a go. This is a really compelling read and the only things stopping me giving it four stars are a couple of holes in the plot, some loose ends which are not adequately explained and the fact that Wallander did not realise he was being fooled. There are murders, a rape and a plot to destroy the world as we know it! Well worth a read even if...more
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Henning Mankell is an internationally known Swedish crime writer, children's author and playwright. He is best known for his literary character Kurt Wallander.

Mankell splits his time between Sweden and Mozambique. He is married to Eva Bergman, Swedish director and daughter of Ingmar Bergman.
More about Henning Mankell...
Faceless Killers The Fifth Woman (Wallander, #6) Sidetracked (Wallander #5) The Dogs of Riga (Kurt Wallander #2) The Man Who Smiled (Wallander #4)

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