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Firewall: Kurt Wallander [Format Kindle]

Henning Mankell , Ebba Segerberg
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Not too long ago, Henning Mankell was a well-kept secret, but his latest book, Firewall, will be received by readers worldwide with much fanfare, which is as it should be; Mankell is something special. Some of the initial resistance to Mankell's work might be understandable; like one of the greatest of all filmmakers, Ingmar Bergman, Mankell is from a country noted for Nordic gloom and the lazy-minded are not always prepared to go beyond stereotypes. Their loss: like his cinematic compatriot (Mankell is in fact married to Bergman's daughter), this is an artist of rare achievement.

Firewall continues Mankell's unvarnished portraits of modern life, in which society and all its institutions (not least the family) are on the edge. Here, his long-term protagonist, Inspector Kurt Wallander, moves into new area of crime: cyberspace. Various deaths have occurred: the user of a cash machine, a taxi driver killed by two young girls. The country is plunged into blackout by an electricity failure, and a grim find is made at a power station. What's the connection? Wallander finds himself on the trail of cyber terrorists with shady anarchic aims. But can his own malfunctioning team of coppers pull together to help catch them--or is there a fifth columnist in the police? Plotting here is impeccable, although Firewall may not be a prime entry point for those new to Mankell. But Wallander (here worried about his diabetes and failure to lose weight) is one of the great literary coppers: enthusiasts need not hesitate. --Barry Forshaw

From Publishers Weekly

In the sixth Kurt Wallander book to appear in English (One Step Behind, etc.), Mankell proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling. In the small town of Ystad, a pair of seemingly random events take place within a matter of days: two teenage girls with no apparent motive brutally beat and stab a taxi driver to death, and a remarkably healthy man checks his bank balance at an ATM and then collapses dead on the sidewalk. After two more odd murders, Wallander becomes convinced that the incidents are all connected. The recurring clues demonstrating the vulnerability of society in the electronic age remain just outside of the Luddite inspector's understanding. But once he detects a conspiracy to collapse the world's financial infrastructure on a specific date, Wallander, whose position at work is already imperiled, ignores office politics and protocol to stop the would-be revolutionary. Although Wallander and his investigative team are forced to work at a dizzying speed, the pace of the book is just right, doling out new leads and intrigues right when they're needed. The only shortcoming in this otherwise smartly written mystery is that too many of the most perplexing clues discovered by Wallander are dismissed as red herrings or coincidence. Overall, however, Mankell's ambitious endeavor to combine large themes with small-town murder is a notable success.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Wallander's midlife crisis 30 mai 2013
Surely, the quality of Henning Mankell (HM)'s oeuvre is uneven. Books rooted in Africa are his most passionate creations, but not all are great reads. The same applies to his 10-book Wallander-series and a string of other crime novels. Most are entertaining and thrilling, some are memorable and briljant and a few disappoint. After completing this tiresome, overlong 8th police procedural about a whining and paranoid Kurt Wallander (KW), author HM shelved him as a character for >10 years. [But also gave him a superb cameo role in a much better crime novel starring KW's daughter Linda in 2002.]
In `Firewall`, KW (50, long divorced) is an annoying, depressed book character with no friends, close colleagues or companions. Despite dieting, he is still a secret diabetic and becoming forgetful and prone to acting impulsively. This book is pure Nordic gloom, not a pleasure to read given its size and convoluted, poorly researched plot:
twenty pages from the finish, this reader still does not know what disaster this thriller foretells, despite all the self-doubt, self-pity and other feelings of the hero. What is the conspiracy that killed at least three out of more than a handful of people in this book? Whatever the conspiracy is really about, upgraded somewhere in the book to have a worldwide impact and to be devastating economically, is for readers to enjoy. It must be something totally devious, brilliant or silly...
This thriller starts energetically with a man found dead in front of a cash machine, and with two wayward girls (14, 19) confessing to killing a 60-year old taxi driver. Then, strange things begin to happen in a police procedural with KW and his team working long hours. A key question is: does KW listen to his own instincts and inputs from his staff and makes the right decisions?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a very good book 27 avril 2014
Par Evadada
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The storyline seems slow to start, while building up to trap the reader to want to know more and finally not being able to let the book down. Wallander's character is troubled as ever and facing some serious personal issues as he seems entangle in an investigation which he is unable to make sense of a first. As always with Mankell, pieces of the puzzle will come together at the end. Wallander's continuous search of himself and the world around him make for a very human and attaching character. The background of Mankell's book is once again made of a well investigated serious topic brought to the attention of the reader through the story of human relations. Definitely a good book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Toujours aussi bien 7 juillet 2014
Par J. Remi
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Mankell que voulez-vous c'est une ambiance ...
Et si vous aimer le genre "roman policier nordique" et bien vous aller adorer ...
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 minable 30 janvier 2012
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
c'est la mode des flics minable qui ont peur de leur ombre, de leur femme et de tout. sauf des cadavres les plus dégueulasses
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As good as Sjoewall & Wahloo, and that's saying something! 17 mars 2004
Par Celia A. Sgroi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Maybe it's not a coincidence that the best police procedural series since the Martin Beck series also comes from a Swedish author. These deliberate, dark novels are not to everyone's taste, but if you liked Martin Beck, you'll probably like Kurt Wallander.
Firewall starts with two seemingly random events-- a reclusive computer expert drops dead in front of an ATM machine, and two teenage girls bludgeon and stab an elderly taxi driver to death. At first it seems that there couldn't possibly be any connection between the two, but the police investigation into the murder of the taxi driver is like kicking over an anthill. It seems as if a dozen incomprehensible things happen in rapid succession, including the killing of the prime suspect in the murder case. Inspector Kurt Wallander leads a dogged team of detectives in a search for the key to the baffling series of events, even though he has been accused of brutality toward a juvenile suspect and seems to be harboring a traitor among the cops on his team.
These cops work long hours, drink endless cups of coffee, and stop for numberless hamburgers and pizzas. But they also have home lives, do their laundry, take care of their sick kids, and struggle with car repairs and getting their errands done. Wallander, a divorced man in his mid-50's with diabetes and an advanced case of loneliness, balances action with thought, not all of it pleasant or useful. His resemblance is Martin Beck is strong, but this cop and his colleagues operate without the black humor that made Sjoewall and Wahloo's novels so fascinating. If society looked hopeless in the 1970's, it looks much worse in the late 1990's, and Wallander and his fellow cops see enough brutality and senseless violence to make anyone a pessimist.
The best thing is, however, that the story really works. After pages of relentless police work, including much attention to the efforts of a young hacker coopted to help the police break into a seemingly impregnable computer, the pieces start falling into place. The pace quickens, and the police keep getting closer, but
Wallander continues to make mistakes, not knowing how complicated the plot he is investigating really is. One realistic touch is that the book doesn't end with the climax, when the puzzle finally finds it solution. Instead, it meanders on for a bit to let the reader see the let-down at the end and the chance for Wallander to re-focus on his own life and priorities. The traitor on his team is still there. The mistrust of his superiors has not abated. But Wallander decides to continue to do his job because he hasn't any other option. It doesn't get much more real than that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A thriller with psychological depth 29 septembre 2003
Par M. A Michaud - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
What a relief it is to read a modern thriller/police procedural whose characters seem real. Mankell's protagonist, Swedish police officer Kurt Wallander, is not a super-hero who outwits and outfights legions of bad guys. Nor is he as phenomenally lucky as the heros in many American thrillers. Wallander, a dedicated cop, has a believable internal life. His real-world personal problems include loneliness, distance from his adult daughter, and a threat to his position from an ambitious younger officer. His horrendously long hours make him feel exhausted; he gets frustrated with baffling evidence and failed plans. Yet he persists in trying to understand the connections between the deaths he is investigating. Different pieces of the puzzle appear at well-paced intervals during the story. There are surprises that don't fit theories. The conspiracy that emerges turns out to reach far beyond local events. Though the chief villain gets nailed at the end of the book, Mankell does not wrap things up in a neat package. The threat is still out there.
Subsidiary themes of the book include the vulnerability of our technological society, and resentment of the growing concentration of wealth. There are a few problems. Many of the Swedish names sound alike, making it difficult to separate some policemen and policewomen from others. Mankell's writing, translated from Swedish, sometimes produces short, choppy sentences. There is a peculiar fixation on checking the time. Nonetheless, this book rises far above most mysteries.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Problem of Scale 19 juillet 2006
Par Marco Antonio Abarca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Henning Mankell is one the finest mystery writers in the world. He understands plotting, the building of tension and the pacing of a story. In terms of craft, he is right up there with P.D. James. Mankell's talent as an author explains why a series of books about a gloomy, middle aged detective from a small town in Sweden has developed an international following.

The one problem with such a strong writing talent is that it sometimes allows an author to camoflouge a weak and unbelievable plot line. Kurt Wallander is a detective in small town Sweden and yet he stumbles onto a conspiracy with world wide implications. The scale of this conspiracy is far too great for Wallander's provincial world. For this novel to work, it requires more than virtuoso writing. The scale of the crime must fit in the scale of the hero's world. This is a very well written crime novel but in the end, I found it unbelievable.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sweden? 14 février 2007
Par David Chacko - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you like police detective novels that have a dose of realism in plot and setting, the obsessions of Mankell's Inspector Wallander provide a fine antidote to the usual run of serial/maniacals. The mystery is composed of subplots that come together slowly until they quicken as the end nears. What drives the plot is a larger-than-life, computer-enhanced doomsday clock, but Wallander's family in and outside the office give a strong sense of the man who makes it all come together. The brooding and well-realized town where the story takes place seems like the home you always wanted to run away from.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Book You Cannot Put Down 20 octobre 2005
Par Foster Corbin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Swedish Inspector Kurt Wallander is back with another crime puzzle that demands that he use all his experience in police work as well as take chances, bend the police department rules a bit and depend on his own intuition. (Would he like the recently published book in the U. S. called BLINK I wonder?) Wallander is altogether likeable-- at least for me. He is bright, complex, vulverable and sensitive. He listens to "La Traviata" and Jussi Bjorling, misses the companionship of a woman, wishes he had a better relationship with his grown daughter and thinks a lot about his own mortality. At the age of 50, Wallander has no more life-altering decisions to make. And in a particularly poignant moment he thinks of an old friend who will soon be moving away. "Their friendship had come to an end. Or rather: they had finally discovered that it had ended a long time ago. . . Widen [his friend] was going to disappear from his life. Who was left who connected him to his earlier life? Soon there would be no one." The inspector has hit on a melancholy universal truth that most of us will experience if live to see middle-age-- and all this coming from a police officer in a mystery story. Wallander behaves the way we expect from characters in literary novels; but that is essentially what we have here-- in addition to a story about betrayal, rape, murder, international intrigue, terrorists, computer hackers et al that is no engaging that you literally cannot put it down.

The only thing cold about this thriller is the Swedish autumns.
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