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Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery | [Henning Mankell]

Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a 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 two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected.
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Publisher's Summary

A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a 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 two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected. The two cases become one and lead to a conspiracy that stretches far beyond the borders of Sweden.

More mayhem? Listen to all of our Kurt Wallander mysteries.

©2002 The New Press; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In the sixth Kurt Wallander book to appear in English, Mankell proves once again that spending time with a glum police inspector in chilly Sweden can be quite thrilling." (Publishers Weekly)
"Well-paced...a thinking man's thriller." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Kathleen NEWTOWN, CT, United States 01-16-09
    Kathleen NEWTOWN, CT, United States 01-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good but not my favorite"

    I am a big fan of Henning Mankell. I liked this story but it was not my favorite of his. The story is a typical Mankell crime story with seeming disparate events that are tied up in the end. The cast of characters continue to be well developed but for some reason I felt like the story was less cohesive than some of his others have been. I will continue to listen to his stories though and would encourage others to give him a try if they haven't already.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andie Miami, FL, United States 10-13-11
    Andie Miami, FL, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Dreadfully dragged out and dull"

    Mankell grossly failed to impress. The story falls flat. The overall plot dull. A real struggle to get from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-03-09
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-03-09 Member Since 2005

    Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.

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    "Great story, poorly read."

    The story is worth the price of admission, even with the poor performance of the reader. A middle aged detective at the peak of his career comes off more like a tired, 65 year old police officer with Dick Hill's narration.

    Nevertheless, the plot is fast paced and the story is riveting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 01-21-09
    Thompson Temple, TX, United States 01-21-09
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    This is an excellent book, well worked together characters and a good timeline. The theam is right out of today. I would read or listen to most of this author. Now come the bad part, it was an excellent tale almost ruined by the reader. It seem like a first time effort and someone told him you, must, pronounce, each, word, clealy. When he got to pronouncing names of characters it got to the point of grating on the nerves one example martinson would be mar, tin Soon. I will never pick anothe book with this reader

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 02-25-13
    BJ Emerald Isle, NC, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Good Wallender Tale"

    Enjoyed this maybe a little more at the beginning than the end, but Wallender is always a fun listen and the characters fascinating. i had no problems with the reader but thought the plot a little weak and far-fetched. I've now read almost all the Wallender stories and hope a new one will be coming soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaspurp Homosassa, Florida, United States 09-08-12
    jaspurp Homosassa, Florida, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't buy it."
    What disappointed you about Firewall?

    Both the story and the narration were disappointing.


    What was most disappointing about Henning Mankell’s story?

    Almost everything in the story was hard to believe.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Narrator's tone sounded unconcerned.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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    William A. Buche 11-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "As always, wonderful story and Human insight"

    I have one Walkabder left- and am already feeling a loss. But Firewall more than met
    my expectations-- tense, moving, worrisome, and- rewarding-- this is Mankell at his best,
    and I have learned to love not only the author and the stories-- but-- the narrator-
    This was an outstanding listen- WAB

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phoebe Sarasota, FL, United States 07-02-11
    Phoebe Sarasota, FL, United States 07-02-11
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    "Great story - awful narration"

    This is a great drama and Wallander is a fascinating character. However, this was tough for me to get through due to the narration. The narrator is robotic and probably more suited to non-fiction. As the other reviewers have mentioned, he over-annunciates every word and speaks random words painfully slow. I found myself so distracted by his odd diction that I would miss the actual story. This is disappointing as I was very excited to find the Wallander books on audio. I can only hope that they are not all by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 06-06-10
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 06-06-10 Member Since 2008

    A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

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    "Solid Entry in Wallander Series"

    This is a good, solid entry in the Kurt Wallender series. Although I disagreed with the narrator's pronounciation of Wallander's last name (mildly annoying), I still enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 12-23-09
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 12-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Book=4 Narator=2"

    The book is worth reading. Reader, Dick Hill, fails miserably.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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