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Firewall (Kurt Wallander #8)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  12,861 Ratings  ·  606 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 incidents seem to have nothing in common. But as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, ...more
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Published April 1st 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (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
Feb 17, 2014 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
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Jun 03, 2010 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 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
Apr 15, 2013 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 03, 2015 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 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of crime, suspense, and detective lit
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Others in this Series:
1.) The White Lioness - ★★★★
2.) One Step Behind - ★★★★★/Review
3.) The Troubled Man - ★★★★★/Review
Jul 01, 2016 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
Dec 25, 2014 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 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
Bill H.
Correction of basic description--"soon the blackout covers half the region," not the whole country.

In this one, Mankell moves into thriller territory, as he did in The Man From Beijing. A small town in Sweden and its chief detective (Kurt Wallander) find themselves in position of stopping criminals representing international interests. If you accept that premise, then things move along as usual--Kurt's personal problems, conflicts within his team, misleads and hunches, missed opportunities, good
Marlow Ockfen
I am a fan of Henning Mankell and have read the entire series of his Wallander books. I recommend them to anyone who like the slower pace of Northern European crime fiction. I honestly cannot think of a downside to his books. They are interesting and exciting, without over-sensationalizing the underlying social topics. The protagonist is a conflicted man, but not without convictions. The criminals are awful, but often with understandable reasons for the evil that they do.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro escrito, ou pelo menos passado na viragem do século, e a evolução desde essa altura até aos nossos dias é brutal a nível eletrónico. Wallander continua a ser um policia do "passado" onde estas novas tecnologias ainda não domina.
Uma história empolgante e repleta de voltas e reviravoltas, e a certeza de que poucos podem causar ou pelo menos tentar, muita destruição.
My Swedish reading proficiency has come a long way since I read the first Wallander book a year or so ago. I didn't have to use a dictionary a single time; the words I didn't recognize I could understand from context. I jumped from book 1 to book 8 because of availability, but I didn't feel lost despite the elapse of years in his life. Wallander is no hero, but he is methodical and determined in his work, and caring in his own way, and I have begun to warm to him. I don't really enjoy slogging t ...more
Ελένη Αθανασίου
Απ τα καλύτερά του. Βίαιοι φόνοι μέσα σε μια Σουηδία που αναλογίζεται το μέλλον της. Ενας Κουρτ Βαλάντερ μελαγχολικός. Μια έρευνα που δεν σ αφήνει να πάρεις ανάσα. Το διαβάζεις με την πλάτη στον τοίχο, να ξέρεις τι σου γίνεται...καλού κακού.
Joan Colby
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A procedural detective story starring Kurt Wallender can move along slowly and still be absorbing. Mankell is one of the Scandinavian mystery mavens and will certainly be missed.
Fariba Arjmand
I think this is the first time I have read a book which is not as good as its TV adaptation.
Dec 14, 2008 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 19, 2010 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 23, 2016 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
Aug 27, 2012 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
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)
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“Could you hold Martinsson’s flashlight for a moment?” Wallander said to Hansson.
“Just do it, please.”
Martinsson handed Hansson his flashlight. Wallander took a step forward and hit Martinsson in the face. However, since it was hard to judge the distance between them in the shifting beams of the flashlights, the blow didn’t land squarely on the jaw as intended. It was more of a gentle nudge.
“What the hell are you doing?”
“What the hell are you doing?” Wallander yelled back.
Then he threw himself on Martinsson and they fell into the mud. Hansson tried to grab them as they fell, but slipped.”
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