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  1. 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 kept in t [...]

  2. 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 someho [...]

  3. 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.

  4. With each Kurt Wallander mystery I read, I m and 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 connections and begi [...]

  5. Sometimes not enjoying a book helps clarify what you really want to find in your reading FIREWALL is not my favorite of Mankell s work The plot holes were big enough to drive a snowplow through, and his investigative choices made me wonder if Mankell was setting up giving Wallander a stroke or dementia soon But it was the utter lack of setting details that made me sad very little description of interior or exterior details, no sense of location with the exception of the engine room on the ferry [...]

  6. 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 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 applies equ [...]

  7. 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, Wallender [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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 adequat [...]

  10. 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 qu [...]

  11. 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 most exp [...]

  12. 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 am [...]

  13. 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 l [...]

  14. Actual Rating 4.5 StarsOthers in this Series 1 The White Lioness 2 One Step Behind Review3 The Troubled Man Review

  15. Primeiro, estranhei a narrativa lenta, as frases curtas, muitas delas, demasiado, e os pensamentos do solit rio Wallander a dominarem sem serem em it lico, o que me confundiu durante muito tempo Nos primeiros livros, a edi o era m , mas nos ltimos, felizmente, melhorou bastante.Este policial, o pen ltimo livro de KW, foi escrito em 1998, mas publicado apenas em 2008 em Portugal Por conseguinte, est um pouco datado as disquetes h muito que se encontram extintas , mas os conceitos de vulnerabilida [...]

  16. Tense, and intense I find this character flawed and insecure enough to make him reader friendly Well plotted and just complex enouth.

  17. L indagine come un puzzleProprio come molti amano rilassarsi, cimentarsi e, perch 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, cos 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 scontato e soprattutto pu ess [...]

  18. 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 descrip [...]

  19. 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.

  20. Um livro escrito, ou pelo menos passado na viragem do s culo, e a evolu o desde essa altura at aos nossos dias brutal a n vel eletr nico Wallander continua a ser um policia do passado onde estas novas tecnologias ainda n o domina.Uma hist ria empolgante e repleta de voltas e reviravoltas, e a certeza de que poucos podem causar ou pelo menos tentar, muita destrui o.

  21. 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 throug [...]

  22. Creo que el caso ha perdido algo de frescura o vigencia Probablemente hay otros libros que abordan mejor la problem tica de la red Pero el proceso interno de Wallander me encanta El viejo que tiene que vivir en los nuevos tiempos es algo que soy Empatizo totalmente con Kurt Wallander.

  23. 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.

  24. 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 w re wegen des Geldes gewesen Ein Computerfachmann wird tot vor einem Geldautomaten gefunden und wenngleich es so scheint als w re es ein nat rlicher Tod gewesen verdichten sich die Hinweise, dass irgend etwas ganz und gar nicht stimmt Bald d [...]

  25. 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 their [...]

  26. 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 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 some of [...]

  27. 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 something [...]

  28. 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 I compare tha [...]

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