Firewall : Kurt Wallander

  • by Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • Series: Kurt Wallander
  • 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man inexplicably falls to the ground: dead.
A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls. Quickly apprehended, they appal local policemen with their total lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without a trace.
Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly discovery.
Inspector Kurt Wallander is sure that these events must be linked - somehow. Hampered by the discovery of betrayals in his own team, lonely and frustrated, Wallander begins to loose conviction in his role as a detective. The search for answers leads Wallander dangerously close to a shadowy group of anarchic terrorists, hidden within the anonymity of cyberspace. Somehow these criminals seem always to know the police's next move and Wallander finds himself fighting to outsmart them.

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Great book

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 together and keeps suspense building. I was introduced to Kurt Wallender on PBS Masterpiece Mystery, and enjoy the episodes, but they don't come close to Mankell's own mastery.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Top Scandanavian crime

Would you listen to Firewall again? Why?

Good contemporary thriller


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The global nature of the crime as action switched between Angola and Sweden was critical. The power of computer linked financial information and the ability of competing and skilled hackers to access and manipulate this information gave the plot a sense of Good vs. Evil in the race against time. The build up of tension was strong and the story well told.


Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes he is a particularly fine reader of Scandanavian crime and is able to give his characters distinct and effective voices.


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- Faye "Geraldine"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks