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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  9,406 ratings  ·  629 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 April 10th 2001)
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stand alone cyber thriller by Jeffery Deaver published 2001.

All in all, a pretty good cyber thriller. Given that the book is now 19 years old the computer language is a bit dated, floppy disks and dial up modems, but that apart it holds up really well as an entertaining read.

There is a vicious serial killer on the loose and the police are always a step behind the killer. No matter what they do the killer always seems to be able to predict their every move. The police know that the killer is a
Simon Mcleish
Jan 24, 2013 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 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite Jeffrey Deaver Novel.
Laura Rash
Jul 21, 2016 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! ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even when it's not Lincoln Rhyme, it's a marvelous, captivating story!
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Nowhere is my fourth Jeffery Deaver read, and it has confirmed my belief that I will have a love-hate relationship with Jeffery Deaver’s work. My first Jeffery Deaver read, Mistress of Justice, was a big disappointment. Retrospect has me believing I was too kind with my three-star rating, yet at the time I was feeling generous and gave it such a rating because it promised potential fun Jeffery Deaver reads. My second Jeffery Deaver read, Edge, was much more enjoyable. I devoured Edge, f ...more
Oct 17, 2012 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 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.
Michelle Bacon
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Again,just like Phillip Margolin, there are flaws in this story BUT (that's an awful big but you have there), I will not delve into those things because this is a work of fiction and is meant to entertain. So my analytical mind will step back into the shadows and let my critical mind have it's say.
There is a killer on the loose in Silicon Valley and he's not like any other killer out there. He's a computer hacking genius. So what does the police force do to help them catch this clever killer? Th
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. Really liked it. The reason I haven’t gave it a 5 stars is because I think that at the moments some things could have been done faster... 4.5 stars
Aug 06, 2007 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
Nancy Ellis
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very scary book with some really creepy characters! He portrays a frightening scenario of crimes committed by computer hackers. Even though it was full of computer-speak, of which I know next to nothing, I was drawn into the story line and didn't want to put the book down. Just another example of this author's genius!
Jerry B
Jul 23, 2010 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 tota
Mar 25, 2017 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
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, 2011 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.
Apr 14, 2017 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.
Gerald Camp
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Worst Deaver I've read. Plotting fair, but too much expository filler, and all the "social engineering" stuff was annoying.
Asghar Abbas
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it

An exceptionally excellent standalone.

Pamela Mclaren
I quite enjoyed this book but it took time for it to grow on me. For one thing, it began with a lot of technical terms to get my head around and a lot of characters were thrown at you almost right off the bat. Simple solution: don't sweat the technical stuff - unless you like learning all sorts of terms and acronyms from the world of hackers; and write up a cheat list with the names of the characters and then scratch them out as they disappear to not return to the story.

So with those caveats: Th
Fred Forbes
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Came across this in a pile of "take one, leave one" books in a local store and was surprised I had not read it before since I enjoy Jeffery's work. I was concerned that it dealt with technical computer issues and was published 17 years ago.

Actually, it was a fun trip down memory lane and Deaver does a good job of cluing in the technically uninformed. The story has his usual twists and turns and surprises but certainly seems a bit over-populated in places a a few too many red herrings and what se
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one had my mind spinning. Who is Shawn?! It's this character! No - it's this one! But what about this one? Hah! I don't think anyone will figure that out :)
But besides that, this is a really good story.
Claudia McPherson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is an extremely fast read and a very interesting complex story. Loved it so much, gave it to my daughter who is in IT.
Nov 15, 2008 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
John Blair
Apr 21, 2016 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 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 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
Loes M.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, adult
In the beginning, we start rather slow as Wyatt is getting acquainted with what’s going on and trying to look for clues. As they get closer to the killer, and Wyatt figures out he used to know him, things get a lot more suspenseful. Officers die, Wyatt is shot at, team members aren’t who they appear to be, … The book reads as a freight train from start to finish. The author masterfully weaves a web of deception so thick you don’t know who to trust or what exactly is going on. It seems as almost ...more
Aug 21, 2007 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.
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read for every geek. A little bit outdated (published in 2001) but still a must.
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